Whoah! Palais de Tokyo does it again, Not only in terms of convening another knock-out and suitably enough, drop dead curatorial exercise, but also in terms of the stunning cultural self-awareness embedded in the idea of this exhibit. For the premier contemporary art space in Paris to structure an exhibition around the concept of the "cemetery" is beyond ironic and actually a form of cultural criticism of the best order. Paris as a Necropolis... The museum as the repository of a decaying past...art as a cultural funerary rite! That's so dense and rich a self-critque especially because the thought-system is delivered via a bricolage of unexpected artists ranging from Rodin to Ian Hamilton Finley to Duane Michals. This exhibition goes down as one of the best of the year in TI's books.
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While in Paris for the upcoming Men's shows , everybody should take a day off to scan Marc-Olivier Wahler's Superdome , at Palais de Tokyo, my favorite contemporary "museum" in the world right this minute. I can't best the press release as follows :
The Superdome is a mythical stadium: built in 1975 in New Orleans (Louisiana), it has hosted numerous Super Bowls (the American football championship’s final), a Rolling Stones concert, Pope John Paul II, the Republican Convention and refugees of Hurricane Katrina. Paradoxical, the Superdome builds a bridge between the greatest entertainment and the greatest anguish. Inspired by its additional and schizophrenic logic, mixing "I can get no satisfaction" AND "Our Father in heaven", Marc-Olivier Wahler puts forward SUPERDOME: a new session composed of five solo exhibitions balancing between entertainment and desolation, decibels and prayers, high-tech and chaos, as the continuation of a program testing the notion of the elasticity of art which started at the Palais de Tokyo with Five Billion Years.
I can't wait to see the exhibit with the massive section of museum floor, cut out and hung suspended from the ceiling. And you thought sending a crack through the middle of a perfect poured concrete floor was transgressive !
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When Ti hits Paris later this month , art stop No 1will be Loris Greaud's Palais de Tokyo show. This is a huge, huge event as the press release below explains.
4000m square, 30 YEARS OLD, 3 MONTHS
Loris Gréaud’s CELLAR DOOR marks a unique occasion in the history of the Palais de Tokyo. For the first time, its entire 4000 square meter surface will be occupied by a French artist under 30. This daring wager demonstrates the Palais de Tokyo’s commitment to emerging artistic creation in France and to Loris Gréaud, who has considerably upped the ante with his already impressive body of work.
CELLAR DOOR is an ambitious artistic enterprise: a colossal organism engendered by an original music score that distends through space and time. This mutant form of exhibition is guided in real time by a studio and an engineer located at the heart of the display; they activate the artworks, produce the assemblage of sounds, and prompt its accelerations and retractions.
WELCOME TO CELLAR DOOR!
Where gigantic fireworks are shot off underground… Where perspectives crumple like paper balls… Where stars draft intergalactic drawings calculated in light-years… Where spatio-temporal rifts split open beneath your feet… Where sculptures form before your very eyes!...