The Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale has entrusted the curatorship of its international exhibition to the Palais de Tokyo and its team of curators: Adélaïde Blanc, Daria de Beauvais, Yoann Gourmel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène and Hugo Vitrani.
Together they have envisioned this biennale as a vast ecosystem where artworks and artists cultivate the art of permaculture, at the intersection of landscapes be they biological (all interactions with living organisms, whether plants, animals or bacteria); economic (all interactions with resources and the appetites they entail: producing, distributing, consuming) and cosmogonic (all relations with the world’s spirit and our awareness of our place in
Around fifty artists of all generations and many nationalities, with gender parity, havebeen invited to make site-specific works thatdraw on the factory’s legacy and architecture as well as its socio-economic context.
“Fantastic gardens, hybrid creatures, bouquets of epiphytic stories, synthetic fragrances and mythological machines, but also colours, crystals, songs and infrasounds which could be intended for us humans as much as for our contemporaries: plants, animals, minerals, breaths and chemistries, waves and bacteria, are just some of the ingredients that make up the porous landscapes of this 15th Lyon Biennale. This edition – a reflection of our collective curatorial approach, based on discussion and collegiality – seeks to nurture chance encounters and unexpected connections between artworks specially produced in collaboration with the vital forces of the metro area, the Auvergne-Rhône- Alpes region and the city of Lyon.”
— Curatorial team
Rebecca Ackoyd, Singed Lids, Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin, Photo by Blaise Adilon
ARTISTS Rebecca Ackroyd, Isabelle Andriessen, Jean-Marie Appriou, Felipe Arturo, Bianca Bondi, Malin Bülow, Bureau Des Pleurs, Stéphane Calais, Nina Chanel Abney, Gaëlle Choisne, Yu-cheng Chou, Morgan Courtois, Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel, Khalil El Ghrib, Escif, Jenny Feal, Thomas Feuerstein, Julieta García Vazquez and Javier Villa De Villafañe, Petrit Halilaj, Dale Harding, Holly Hendry, Karim Kal, Bronwyn Katz, Sam Keogh, Lee Kit, Eva L’hoest, Mire Lee, Yona Lee, Renée Levi, Minouk Lim, Lyl Radio, Taus Makhacheva, Léonard Martin, Gustav Metzger, Nicolas Momein, Shana Moulton, Simphiwe Ndzube, Josèfa Ntjam, Fernando Palma Rodriguez, Le Peuple Qui Manque, Thao-nguyen Phan, Abraham Poincheval, Stephen Powers, Philippe Quesne, Marie Reinert, Megan Rooney, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ashley Hans Scheirl and Jakob Lena Knebl, Aguirre Schwarz, Stéphane Thidet, Nico Vascellari, Trevor Yeung, Pannaphan Yodmanee, Victor Yudaev, Mengzhi Zheng.
For her first exhibition in France, Wu Tsang has transformed Lafayette Anticipations into a hybrid space that summons the worlds of the night and the sacred. Through this metamorphosis, the visitor is immersed in a mysterious atmosphere where recent and earlier works by the American artist are brought together.