Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Extravagant Traveler

Frédéric Platéus

Frédéric Platéus was born in 1976. He lives and works in Liège.


A self-taught artist, Frédéric Platéus has gone from spontaneous graffiti, which he made in the early 2000s with spray paint on city walls, to the creation of sophisticated, "designed," shiny and smooth objects. In his sculptures, he combines his attraction to sports, speed, technology, and science-fiction with his love of urban culture and the hip-hop movement.  Extravagant Traveler is one of his new projects in which he moves back and forth between the street and the museum. The title of the exhibition refers to a song by American rapper Kool Keith, which describes a traveler whose appearance and “look” allow him to achieve “legend status”. The supersonic engine and “Watch me now!” unveiled by Frédéric Platéus for his exhibition at the Grand-Hornu translate hip-hop culture’s particular type of flamboyant aesthetic and “egotism” into the world of contemporary art. Displayed on a trailer rather than a pedestal, this prototype for futuristic vessels represents a stark contrast with the more outdated vehicle that is towing it. Three films projected in the exhibition record the dynamic of this artwork, meant to travel and to impress great numbers of people.