The Pleasures of Collecting by Lise Soskolne

Here is a provenance record written in 2020 for the exhibition Humour Then at the Kunstverein Nürnberg about Three Frames from Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, an oil painting made in 1998 and again in 2020:

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is the title of a 1975 narrative film by Chantal Akerman. Using extended real-time takes, the film documents three days in a woman’s domestic and working life. Each day is bracketed by intertitles, as depicted in this painting made in 2020 as a facsimile of an earlier version, painted in 1998. The first Jeanne Dielman was shown at Artists Space (NY) in 1999 and then sold shortly thereafter. It was the first of two times an art collector has bought my work. I agreed to his terms, accepting as payment an equivalent sum of hotel credit redeemable on a hard to reach island in the Caribbean. I never made it there during the years that passed after the sale, but I never forgot about the deal and always wondered what happened to my painting. Then, in 2017 a request came from Artists Space to exhibit the work again. I found my copy of the faxed contract. It stated that the sale wouldn’t be complete until all of the hotel credit was redeemed. I still owned the painting. The problem was, the collector had lost track of Jeanne Dielman in 2012 and no longer knew where she was.

An extended and updated provenance record for Jeanne Dielman was recorded in 2021 as part of the exhibition Indistinct Chatter at LAYR Gallery in Vienna:

All provenance records from the exhibition Humour Then:

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