Palais de Tokyo, Paris 

Oct 16 – Jan 5, 2020

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In autumn 2019, Palais de Tokyo is devoting all of its exhibition spaces to the French artistic scene. The invited artists come from different generations, live all over France, or abroad; they do not use the same media, nor the same means of production; some have chosen to write their stories in groups, while others remain on the margins. Yet, by forming a complex image, these artists reveal contemporary art in France. They constitute a moving landscape in which connections, discreet kinships or, alternatively, singularities can be discerned.

Who are these contemporaries? What are they saying about today, or even tomorrow? Where are the places and what are the subjects of their exchanges? What are the – sometimes underground – genealogies that contaminate and feed into their thought processes and practices? The point here is less to seek out common denominators or trends, than to bring out vanishing lines: these artists escape so far as they can from definitions, genres or categories. They look for the elsewhere, here and now; they invent new languages.

Maurice Blaussyld, courtesy of the artist & Galerie Allen (Paris), photo by Aurélien Mole  
Pierre Joseph, Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Air de Paris (Paris), Photo by Aurélien Mole © Adagp, Paris, 2019 
Nathalie Du Pasquier, Courtesy of the artist, photo by Aurélien Mole  
Jonas Delaborde & Hendrik Hegray, Courtesy of the artists & Galerie Valeria Cetraro (Hendrik Hegray) Photo by Aurélien Mole  

After Notre histoire... in 2006 and Dynasty in 2010, with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, two exhibitions which emphasized emerging creators, Palais de Tokyo has set about studying this borderless territory, in which artists place themselves, in a breakthrough moment, or over time. These networks animate a scene which is hybrid, fecund and, in part, identified thanks to the participation of actors on the contemporary art scene in France (art schools, artist-run spaces, non-profits, residencies, art centres, Frac, Drac, museums, foundations...). Additionally, these networks highlight not only different viewpoints, but also a diversity in forms of appearance and sharing, which this exhibition aims to reveal.

To illuminate this rich and fragmented landscape, Olivier Cadiot, one of the most singular and persistent voices in French literature, has been chosen as a source. Future, former, fugitive – the title of his novel published by P.O.L. in 1993 – tells of the very fragility of the moment, which owes as much to the constantly renewed aspirations for a world to come, as to the still-vibrant agitations of the past.

Nils Alix-Tabeling, Mali Arun, Fabienne Audéoud, Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Grégoire Beil, Martin Belou, Jean-Luc Blanc, Maurice Blaussyld, Anne Bourse, Kévin Bray, Madison Bycroft, Julien Carreyn, Marc Camille Chaimowicz X We Do Not Work Alone, Antoine Château, Nina Childress, Jean Claus, Jean-Alain Corre, Jonas Delaborde et Hendrik Hegray, Bertrand Dezoteux, Vidya Gastaldon, Corentin Grossmann, Agata Ingarden, Renaud Jerez, Pierre Joseph, Laura Lamiel, Anne Le Troter, Antoine Marquis, Caroline Mesquita, Anita Molinero, Aude Pariset, Nathalie du Pasquier, Marine Peixoto, Jean-Charles de Quillacq, Antoine Renard, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Linda Sanchez, Alain Séchas, Anna Solal, Kengné Téguia, Sarah Tritz, Nicolas Tubéry, Turpentine, Adrien Vescovi, Nayel Zeaiter...

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Caroline Mesquita


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