A "certain" French scene at the Palais de Tokyo2 min
Until 5 January 2020, 44 artists from home and abroad will be honoured within the walls of the Palais de Tokyo. All represent a “certain French scene” made up of a multitude of unique qualities, linked temporarily or permanently to France. Together, they feed a reflection on the evolution of space, porous borders and time.
An overview of some of the works in the "Futur, ancien, fugitif – une scène française" ("Future, Old, Fugitive - A French Scene") exhibition.
Mur de mûres (Wall of Blackberries) by Pierre Joseph
Pierre Joseph, born in Caen in 1965, opens the Palais de Tokyo exhibition with a new series of Photographies sans fin (Endless Photography). Mur de mûres complements his previous projects Photographie sans fin: champ de blé (Endless Photography: Wheat Field (1 & 2), 2016) and Fondation Vincent van Gogh (The Vincent van Gogh Foundation (2018).
His work, in which a single element is multiplied, stacked up and repeated to the point of "indigestion," questions singularity in an ever more homogenous world.
INSTA – TOKYO, by Alain Séchas
Born in 1955 in Colombes, the artist presents a series of drawings made between July 2018 and July 2019. He makes everyday life the centre of his work and approaches it through various subjects such as weather, news, social events and art. Not without humour, Alain Séchas reacts to everyday events by caricaturing his fellow citizens.
Parfums de pauvres (The Perfumes of the Poor) by Fabienne Audéoud
"What interests me is what a play does to those who look at it, and the wider context in which it operates and how it performs.” The work of Fabienne Audéoud, who was born in 1968 in Besançon, examines stereotypes linked to the genres and economic circuits of major brand products.
Land I, II, II by Adrien Vescosi and Carlotta Bailly-Borg
Born in 1984 in Paris, Carlotta Bailly-Borg presents an ensemble of glass paintings, bringing to life portraits of androgynous characters, men and women. Nestled in this space, these figures seek to exist in the eyes of the world.
Adrien Vescosi, born in Thonon-les-Bains in 1981, uses dye on fabric. For this new exhibition, the artist designed a bespoke painting, in keeping with the architecture and scale of the place. This monumental painting, suspended in the air as in time, greets the audience in its folds.
J’ai vu les buffles d’eau (I Saw The Water Buffalo) by Laura Lamiel
Through photography, drawing and painting, Laura Lamiel’s works find their essence in the space in which they are installed. On the mezzanine of the big glass roof of the Palais de Tokyo, the artist reveals her “plastic vocabulary”. This installation evokes an individual awareness of the current state of the world.
Cambrai XVIII by Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Anepic by Madison Bycroft
Born in 1987 in Adelaide, Australia, Madison Bycroft seeks to inspire "friction and dysfunction" in visitors. She is particularly interested in theatre and its mechanisms, and in the representation of genres through disguise. Her new installation is inspired by deadpan humour and burlesque comedy.
Born in Paris in 1974, Marc Camille Chaimowicz is one of those who questions the boundary between art and life. He stands out for his way of working, recognisable by its floral patterns on a pastel background.
D’un jour à l’autre (From One Day To The Next) by Nathalie du Pasquier
Born in Bordeaux in 1957, Nathalie du Pasquier currently lives and works in Milan. Her work fluctuates between two and three dimensions.
For this exhibition, the artist has installed four "miniature museums" where both her own work and that of the artists she loves are exhibited.
The paintings of Antoine Château
Born in Fontaine-lès-Dijon in 1988, the painter Antoine Château likes to exploit many different surfaces and materials. For "Futur, ancien, fugitif "("Future, Old, Fugitive"), cardboard plates, plastic boxes and ceramic bowls serve as a base for creating a vivid and colourful horizon.
Demain les chiens (Tomorrow The Dogs) by Martin Belou
The works of Martin Belou, born in 1986 in L’Union, are composed of organic elements, objects and people that he exploits in modified environments.
The environment created for the exhibition is inhabited by smoke, an agave forest that seems to grow in a precarious and imaginary place. Constantly in motion, space is altered by light, particles, or even by the passage of visitors.
Sans titre (Without Title) by Jean-Luc Blanc
Jean-Luc Blanc, born in 1965 in Nice, closes the exhibition with a selection of works of paintings and drawings inhabited by madness. His works mark visitors to the exhibition so that they take with them the persistence image of these faces in their retina. “But how can you silence images without biting your tongue?” asks the artist.
The Institut français and the project
The Institut français supports the exhibition "Futur, ancien, fugitif – une scène française" (“Future, Old, Fugitive – a French Scene”) presented at the Palais de Tokyo from 16 October 2019 to 5 January 2020.
Around 20 curators from all over the world, accompanied by commissioners, were invited to visit the exhibition as well as the workshops of the artists represented as part of the FOCUS Visual Arts programme organised by the Institut français in October 2019.