Focus FIAC / Biennale de Lyon 19-23 october 2015

19 – 23 October 2015



18 contemporary art locations visited
30 French professionals/artists met
15 curators invited :
Alexie Glass-Kantor, Director of Artspace Sydney and curator encounter for Art Basel | Hong Kong
Anne Faucheret, curator, Kunsthalle Wien
Juliana Braga de Mattos, Director of the visual and media art department, SESC, São Paolo
Sylvie Fortin, Executive and artistic director, Biennale de Montréal
Reid Shier, Director and curator, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
Maria Paz Gaviria, Director - ARTBO – International Art Fair, Bogotá
Angela Pérez Mejía, Cultural Chief manager - Banco de la República Colombia
Caroline Ponce de Léon, cultural advisor – Ministry of Culture
Emiliano Valdes, Curator - Museum of Modern Art, Medellin
Lucia Garcia Rodriguez, Director, LABoral | Centro de Arte y creación Industrial , Gijón
United States
Jarrett Gregory, Associate curator, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director, Temple bar, Dublin
Yukiko Shikata, Independant curator  / SIAF / AMIT / Ibaraki Festival
Sarah Martin, head of exhibitions, Turner contemporary, Margate
Khun Aim, head of exhibitions, Bangkok art and culture centre


Monday october 19
Welcoming at the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS and introduction of the guests
Centre Pompidou
Julien Prévieux "Des corps schématiques"
Dominique Gonzalez Foerster "1887-2058"
Palais de Tokyo
Mélanie Matranga "反复 [FANFU] "
Tuesday october 20 : One day tour in Lyon
Visit of the 13th Biennale de Lyon "Modern Life"
L’Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne / Rhône Alpes
Group show "Rendez-vous 15 – Jeune création internationale"
Wednesday october 21 : Focus FIAC (International Art Fair of Contemporary Art)
Roundtable organised by l’Institut français in collaboration with YCI program : "French artscene : Great Expectations!?"
Participants: Marc Bembekoff, Leonardo Bigazzi, Vincent Honoré, Elena Sorokina / Moderator : Marianne Derrien
Visit of the Art Fair
Thursday october 22
Visit of artist's studios
Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard
« L’ordre des lucioles » (the order of fireflies), Exhibition for the 17th Prize Fondation d’entreprise Ricard
Centre National des Arts Plastiques
Presentation of the collections
Friday october 23 : Focus Contemporary art centres from Tram's network
Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers
Katinka Bock "Zarba Lonsa"
La Maréchalerie
Christophe Berdaguer et Marie Péjus
Credac – centre d’art contemporain, Ivry
Group show "Tout le monde"
Ferme du Buisson
Group show  "Alfred Jarry Archipelago : la valse des pantins – Acte II"


  • Monday 19 October - JULIEN PREVIEUX Des corps schématiques at Le Centre Pompidou

    For his solo show in the 315 space, Julien Prévieux has chosen to mix drawings, abstract sculptures and film around the themes of the recording of movement and the schematization of bodies. Julien Prévieux’s work questions our world and our everyday life from the viewpoint of work, the economy and politics. He takes an interest in controlling devices, cutting-edge technologies and management theories in order to disrupt their  logic and reasoning.
    Julien Prévieux appropriates the vocabularies, mechanisms and operation modes of the workin life in order to demonstrate the dogmas and identify the misuses. Modeled on his famous letters of non-motivation that he had addressed to employees throughout several years as a response to advertisements in the press, he invites us to think of the working life and its functioning. In an approach of resistance to the administrative power and to the rules of the commodity, Julien Prévieux exhibits a solitary strategy of the counter-productivity that he extends through multiples collaborations.


    Monday 19 October - Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster 1887-2058 at Le Centre Pompidou

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, 1887-2058 displays an «open» timeline from 1887 to 2058, and extends the idea of the retrospective by combining different centuries and climates. The exhibition begins in the late 19th century; journeys through the experiments of the 20th century, and projects viewers into landscapes and interiors in turn desert - like or tropical, biographical or dystopian.
    Like an opera or a musical, the exhibition brings to life all kinds of cinematographic, literary and scientific presences, to create a world inhabited by sensations, stories and quotations. The exhibition is an identification of the artist, the work and the viewer all at once.
    Curated by Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, this monograph devoted to the work of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, is part of the ongoing series of retrospectives devoted to the art figures of today (Philippe Parreno, Gabriel Orozco, Pierre Huyghe …). This exhibition of an unprecedented scale constitutes an important milestone in the presentation of the work of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, following her solo shows at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2007, at the Tate Modern in 2008, the Palacio de Cristal of Madrid in 2014 - organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and her cycle of scheduled appearances programmed for the opening week of the
    Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2014.

    Monday 19 October - Mélanie Matranga « 反复 [FANFU] » at Le Palais de Tokyo

    Exhibition view,  A perspective, somehow, Karma International, Zurich, 2015 Photo: Gunnar Meier Courtesy Karma International and Mélanie Matranga
    Ever loyal to its mission to promote young French artistic creation, Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first significant solo show by French artist Mélanie Matranga (born in 1985, lives in Paris). Her exhibition articulates several environments, several moments, through an ambitious set of works and architectural elements: two large mezzanines, a smoking room made in silicone, paper lights and loudspeakers, photographic prints and drawings that cover several walls.
    Mélanie Matranga combines signs that reflect upon interiority with elements linked to social attitudes and habits. Together, they make up places where the singular is expressed by the common, and where intimateness is uncovered, exposed. They are places to be lonely with others.

    Tuesday 20 October - THE 13 BIENNALE DE LYON La vie moderne La Sucrière – Le Musée d’Art Contemporain

    The 13th Biennale de Lyon, titled La vie moderne, brings together artists from 28 different countries who explore the contradictory character of contemporary culture in varied regions of the world. Their work addresses the ways in which multifarious legacies of the ‘modern’ era continue to colour and shape our perceptions as well as the salient scenarios and issues of everyday life.

    Tuesday 20 October - RENDEZ-VOUS 15 – JEUNE CREATION INTERNATIONALE In the frame of la Biennale de Lyon 2015 L’IAC, l’Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne / Rhône Alpes

    Created in 2002 by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, with support from the Région Rhône-Alpes, Rendez-vous, an international platform dedicated to young creation, that has associated, since 2003, in a first for France, four institutions: the Biennial of Lyon, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and the National School of Fine Arts of Lyon, that make up its artistic direction.
    Made possible by the complementarity of these institutions, Rendez-vous proposes to reinforce the connections between different domains of competence, in this way opening increased perspectives to the chosen artists.
    Since 2009, ten curators from ten international biennials have been invited to contribute to Rendez-vous. Each edition is the opportunity to invite new biennials. A biennial exhibition...that takes place each year:  Rendez vous is exhibited at the IAC during the Biennial of Lyon, and the following year, in a different form, outside of Europe. So in 2008, Rendez-vous was presented in the Shanghai Art Museum, with residencies in Moscow, Peking, Miami, and Buenos Aires ; in 2010, Rendez-vous participates in the Biennial of Shanghai ; in 2012, Rendez-vous was presented in the South African National Gallery of Cape Town ; and in 2015, Rendez-vous is exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts / LASALLE College of the Arts, in Singapore.

    Wednesday 21 October - FOCUS FIAC

    9.00 – 12.00 :
    Meeting FOCUS organized by the French Institute
    In collaboration with the YCI Program
    The French art scene: Great Expectations!?
    Auditorium Grand Palais
    Within the framework of its FOCUS visual arts programme, the French Institute invites foreign art world  professionals to discuss the specificities and international reach of the French art scene. A new publication celebrating the tenth edition of the YCI programme, organized in collaboration with the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard and the French Institute, will be presented.
    2.00 – 7.00 pm :
    Visit of la Fiac, Hors les murs – Jardins des Tuileries & Officielle

    Thursday 22 October - Artist studio : Isabelle Cornaro

    Isabelle Cornaro (born 1974 in France, lives and works in Paris) investigates the relationship between objects—especially decorative objects—value, and art, through the issues of representation, perceptual experience, and reproduction. She is also exploring how to translate forms and languages, for example an old master painting into a 3D installation, a film into a graphic score, or the vocabulary of Minimalism into a more emotional language. She mines ambiguity by setting up a tension between the analytical, symbolic, lyrical, and anecdotal, addressing how our way of looking constructs the world and its uses. She works with various media such as installation, painting, sculpture, video, and drawing.

    Thursday 22 October - Artist studio : Hicham Berrada

    Bolstered by his artistic and scientific training, Hicham Berrada (b. 1986, lives and works in Paris) combines intuition and knowledge, science and poetry to present the changes and metamorphoses of a chemically or mechanically activated “nature.” From the laboratory to the studio, through chemical experiments and performances, Hicham Berrada explores in his work scientific protocols that closely imitate various natural processes and/or climatic conditions.
    An authentic chemical theater, Présage is the result of a performance in which the artist, by combining various chemical products in a beaker, creates a chimerical world animated by his manipulations. These transformations of matter, simultaneously filmed and projected on-screen, immerse the audience in a world of fascinating colors and shapes. These experiments result in scale models of living organisms, which are then set in resin to become veritable still-lives.
    In this manner, Hicham Berrrada creates a personal universe that is intrinsically tied to an experimental method, playing on its codes and protocols while inviting the audience to experience the original presence of energies and forces emerging from matter. Much more than mere formal artifice, this work brings visitors to an alternate world both living and inert, and suggests that they contemplate and question the notions of creation, nature, and matter.

    Thursday 22 October - « L’ordre des lucioles » (the order of fireflies), Exhibition for the 17th Prize Fondation d’entreprise Ricard

    Robin Meier, SYNCHRONICITY, 2015 — mixed media — realised by Robin Meier and André Gwerder, architecture Ivan Mata, électronic Cyrille Henry, co-production Audemars Piguet Art Commission Photograph : Aurélien Mole
    With Julien Dubuisson, Grace Hall, Robin Meier, Florian Pugnaire / David Raffini, Stéphanie Rollin / David Brognon and Thomas Teurlai
    « The Prize Fondation d’entreprise Ricard 2015 opens up areas of research which seem, at first glance, very removed from each other, but turn out to be informed by unusual systems of liaisons. Thousands of fireflies emit bioluminescent light at regular intervals.
    They flash in unison at the same rhythm as the stridulations of hundreds of crickets, and metronomes. This experience of synchronicity echoes the heartbeats that all visitors perceive when they plunge into waters where “aquatic” poems are broadcast. These waters hem an island which researchers have tried to capture in its entirety. Was it to better camouflage a secret laboratory equipped to extract precious substances from our computer puzzles? Or to plan, in the greatest secrecy, a vehicle designed to cause its own destruction? These areas of research reveal surprising prospects about the way in which the objects forming our world are connected with each other, synchronized, and mutually influence one another. »
    Marc-Olivier Wahler, avril 201


    Thursday 22 October - Le Centre National des Arts Plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts)

    → presentation of the collection
    → visit of the collection storage
    Created in 1982, the Centre national des arts plastiques is deeply committed to the field of contemporary artistic creation. It fosters and supports artistic creation in France in all areas of the visual arts: painting, performance art, sculpture, photography, installation art, video, multimedia, graphic arts, design and graphic design. It follows young artists closely, provides its expertise and support to the emergence of new forms and assists artists and contemporary art professionals
    The Centre national des arts plastiques is directly involved in the arts economy as a public collector. On behalf of the French State, it expands and manages a body of artworks, known as the Fonds national d’art contemporain, the French national contemporary art collection. This collection of unique scale currently holds over 93,000 works and aims to be the most accurately reflect the current art scene. The works are directly purchased from the various players on the art market. Artists and galleries, French or foreign, are thus supported financially and institutionally.. The CNAP also manages and conserves these artworks acquired over the last two centuries, providing its highly technical skills and numerous areas of expertise.

    Friday 23 October - FOCUS CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRES Katinka Bock Zarba Lonsa at Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

    Katinka Bock, Zarba Lonsa, 2015, all rights reserved 
    Katinka Bock is a German-born artist living in Paris. Her projects are always produced in relation to the environment in which the work will be presented. Ever attentive to the fact that an art space generates extra ordinary uses and experiences, she endeavours to render the elements that make for the specificity of such spaces visible by closely relating them to their surrounding context. She taps into minute elements and characteristics of the sites she engages with, building her project from the tiniest details that tend to go unnoticed, which might include anything from architectural, urban, social, climatic, temporal and spatial aspects of the site in question.
    During her explorations in the Quatre-Chemins neighbourhood near Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Katinka Bock was particularly struck by the number of shops located around the crossroads and surrounding streets. The diversity of businesses and the continuous flux of passers-by and local residents led the artist to set up And activate an exchange process with some of the shopkeepers. The artwork thus became the focus of a freely developed relation, unfettered by the rules and regulations of the art institution, allowing her to engage
    in a novel interrogation of the value, meaning and status of object exchange, including the exchange of art objects.
    This project is grounded not only in the question of exchange but also in a desire to create a trajectory or flow of artworks between the street and the exhibition space, bringing into relief a key aspect of Katinka Bock’s work: the close bond between what is seen and what is not seen, between the here and the elsewhere/ home and away. This exchange is the starting point of the exhibition process and of an experience that the artists wishes to share. As with her work in general, in this project the narrative is minimal and wholly contained in the micro-shifts she creates, leaving participants free to interpret and appropriate the project as they wish. The exchanged objects then underwent a process of transformation giving rise to a new series of sculptures, an installation and a film screened across various spaces of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. 

    Friday 23 October - Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus Centrale spirale at la Maréchalerie – Versailles

    Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Péjus explore the interactions between brain, body, environment and constructed space, materialised by varied forms (volumes, projections, hybrid constructions, etc.).
    Their phenomenological reflection on space and the psyche, on a biological relation with the world, draws on various fields (psychoanalysis, neurology, architecture, parapsychology, etc.) treated by the artists in a both deep and distanced manner. Drawing inspiration from the counter-utopias of radical Italian architects and designers, Berdaguer & Péjus perform mental transpositions of architecture. The mental landscapes created incorporate behavioural changes caused by psychological disturbances, the taking of chemical substances or the effect of stimuli on our senses.
    The artists thus use the links generated between environmental space and states of awareness to construct projects concerning a body, whether individual or socialised, human, plant, animal or mineral, that is subjected to various transformation processes

    Friday 23 October - Tout le monde at Credac – centre d’art contemporain, Ivry

    at first plan : Melanie Counsell, 'Mechlin', 2006. second plan : Michel Blazy, 'Collection d'avocatiers',1997.Collection Frac des Pays de la Loire / Courtesy Art : Concept, Paris. 
    © André Morin / le Crédac. © Michel Blazy / Adagp Paris, 2015.
    With : Dove Allouche, Lara Almarcegui,  William Anastasi, Marcos Avila Forero,  Michel Blazy,Marie Cool, Fabio Balducci, Melanie Counsell, Marcelline Delbecq,  Agnes Denes, Lili  Dujourie, Koji Enokura, Bela Kolárová, Jirí Kovanda, Guillaume Leblon, Jean Le Gac, Gordon Matta-Clark, Helen Mirra, Nicholas Nixon, Gina Pane, Hans Schabus, Mathias  Schweizer, Roman Signer
    « I’ve always liked billboards when they turn blue, that moment when all the messages are covered over. Those mornings in Ivry are my favorite, when the blue of the sky draws a little closer to the asphalt. It is that custom on the scale of the city in its entirety that has served as a template for the very architecture of this exhibition, with bill boards replacing the usual display on gallery walls.
    In order to extend the idea that the blue of the sky belongs to “everybody,” I have brought together twenty-two international artists who who have been producing work over a period that stretches from the 1960s to the present. Although they may come from different generations, they all share in common gestures or actions that constitute fragile, even tenuous, works of art created with a certain frugality and attention to the surrounding context », claire le Restiff, director of le Credac and curator of the show. » Claire le Restif, director of le Credac and curator of the show


    Friday 23 October - Alfred Jarry Archipelago : la valse des pantins – Acte II at la Ferme du Buisson

    With William Anastasi, Julien Bismuth, Paul Chan, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Rainer Ganahl,
    Dora Garcia, Naotaka, Mike Kelley, Tala Madani, Nathaniel Mellors, Henrik Olesen
    All most people remember of Jarry is the King Ubu furore, which overshadows a complex body of work marked by radical experimentation and an unmannerly blending of genres. In bringing together a remarkable group of one-of-a-kind international artists, « Alfred Jarry Archipelago » demonstrates that an entire register of current art and performance is shot through with potent, "Jarryesque" transgression. 


    Alexandra Servel 
    Chargée de mission Arts visuels
    Département Echanges et Coopérations artistiques
  • Sarah Martin Turner contemporary Royaume-Uni Site web
  • Carolina Ponce de león Ministère de la Culture Colombie
  • Alexie Glass-Kantor Artspace Sydney Australie Site web
  • Jarrett Gregory Los Angeles County Museum of Art États-Unis Site web
  • Anne Faucheret Kunsthalle Wien Autriche Site web
  • Angela María Pérez Mejía Banco de la República Colombia Colombie Site web
  • Juliana Braga de Mattos SESC Brésil Site web
  • Emiliano Valdés Museum of Modern Art Colombie Site web
  • Yukiko Shikata Commissaire indépendante Japon
  • Lucia Garcia Rodriguez LABoral Espagne Site web
  • Sylvie Fortin Biennale de Montréal Canada Site web
  • Pichaya Aime Suphavanij Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Thaïlande Site web
  • Reid Sheir Presentation House Gallery Canada Site web
  • Cliodhna Shaffrey Temple bar Irlande Site web
  • María Paz Gaviria ARTBO – International Art Fair Colombie Site web