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‘‘rêvolutions’’ at the French Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale

For the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibit, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot composed a poetic work evoking the follies of 18th-century romantic parks, while revealing its political dimension.
With rêvolutions by artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, accompanied by the exhibit’s Curator, Emma Lavigne, the French Pavilion of the Venice Biennale has been transformed into an organic, dreamlike isle.
Under the glass roof, with the Pavilion’s flight and tree-lined lanes of the Giardini, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has rolled out the choreography of three mobile trees moving according to their metabolism, the varying flow of their sap and their sensitivity when going from shadow to light.
By producing brand new connections between natural and technological elements, the artist experiments with unpredictable relations between nature and culture, freeing them from their determinism, bringing them to a new state of nature. The French Pavilion is thus transformed into an open theater, a refuge to which visitors are invited to observe the movement of these trees and become immersed in a unique environment made from the sound produced by neighboring trees, generated by electric rustling.
56th Venice Biennale of International Contemporary Art
May 9-22, 2015
May 6-8, 2015: Professional Days
May 7, 2015: 11 a.m.: Inauguration by Fleur Pellerin, French Minister of Culture and Communication
Exhibit catalog (co-published by Institut français/Analogues), available in bookshops as of May 25, 2015

Photo : rêvolutions, by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot © Laurent Lecat
  •   révôlutions © Laurent Lecat  
  •   révôlutions © Laurent Lecat  
  •   révôlutions © Laurent Lecat  
  •   Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Curator Emma Lavigne © Laurent Lecat