Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Carrie Mae Weems
Andreas M. Fohr
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Desire Machine Collective
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc
Centre for Visual Introspection
The project will move into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and seven institutions based in Paris and the surrounding region. This 3rd edition will investigate, through the concept of 'Intense Proximity', what it means to be active as an artist working today, in the context of a globalized and diverse French art scene. Each institution has conceived and developed specific projects and will feature innovative programming across a variety of media including exhibitions, performances, discussions, and screenings.
Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor
Associate Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Emilie Renard, Claire Staebler
With : André Gide et Marc Allegret / Marcel Griaule / Wifredo Lam / Pierre Verger / Walker Evans / Claude Lévi-Strauss / Helen Levitt / Jean Rouch / Carol Rama / Ivan Kozaric / Geta Bratescu / Öyvind Fahlström / Timothy Asch / Lorraine O'Grady / Ahmed Bouanani / Daniel Buren / Sarkis / Georges Adéagbo / Werner Herzog / Antoni Muntadas / Eugenio Dittborn / David Hammons / Annette Messager / El Anatsui / Lothar Baumgarten / Michael Buthe / Haim Steinbach / Rainer Werner Fassbinder / Ewa Partum / Adrian Piper / Chantal Akerman / Miklos Onucsan / Trinh T. Minh-ha / Terry Adkins / Teresa Tyszkiewicz / Carrie Mae Weems / Thomas Struth / Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal / Jean-Luc Moulène / Alfredo Jaar / Thomas Hirschhorn / Jochen Lempert / Peter Friedl / Isaac Julien / Meschac Gaba / Dan Perjovschi / Rirkrit Tiravanija / Ariella Azoulay / Huma Bhabha / Luc Delahaye / Rosângela Rennó / Guy Tillim / Claude Closky / Ali Essafi / Monica Bonvicini / Ellen Gallagher / Alejandra Riera et Andreas M. Fohr / Walid Sadek / Barthélémy Toguo / Ivan Boccara / Minouk Lim / Chris Ofili / Jason Dodge / Joana Hadjithomas et Khalil Joreige / Marcia Kure / Adel Abdessemed / Yto Barrada / Jewyo Rhii / Joost Conijn /Seulgi Lee / Pauline Boudry et Renate Lorenz / Wangechi Mutu / Éric Baudelaire / Emmanuelle Lainé / David Maljkovic / NaoKo TaKaHaShi / Isabelle Cornaro / Aneta Grzeszykowska / Victor Man / Batoul S'Himi / Marie Voignier / Clemens von Wedemeyer / Desire Machine Collective / Nicholas Hlobo / Hiwa K / Bouchra Khalili / Hassan Khan / Selma et Sofiane Ouissi / Younes Rahmoun / Lili Reynaud-Dewar / Köken Ergun / Bojan Fajfric / Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc / Anca Benera et Arnold Estefan / Basim Magdy / Haroon Mirza / Konrad Smolenski / Ziad Antar / Carolina Caycedo / Camille Henrot / Nina Canell / Tarek Atoui / Dominik Lang / Adam Pendleton / Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet / Karthik Pandian / Aurélien Porte / Ekta Mittal et Yashaswini Raghunandan / Bertille Bak / Neil Beloufa / Dominique Hurth / Mihut Boscu / Centre for Visual Introspection
In the spring of 2012, the 3rd edition of the contemporary art triennial exhibition will move from the nave of the Grand Palais into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and other neighbouring institutions along la Colline de Musées. Through the concept of “Intense Proximity”, La Triennale will investigate what it means to be active as an artist working today, in the context of a globalized and diverse French art scene.
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has invited Okwui Enwezor to serve as Artistic Director of La Triennale. The first major event marking the reopening of the Palais de Tokyo in 2012, La Triennale will offer a large panorama of contemporary art at the intersection of the French art scene and global sites of production. Beginning within the interiors of the expanded and refurbished Palais de Tokyo, La Triennale is set in a series of overlapping cartographies that shift from small-scale collaborations with emerging research, production, exhibition, and performance spaces in Paris and the surrounding suburb, to explorations of the critical valences between the near and far, between the edges of France and countries adjacent to and bordering them.
Inspired by the great work of early to mid 20th century French ethnography figures such as Claude Levi-Strauss, Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule, La Triennale sets off on a journey to explore the nodes where art and ethnography converge in a renewal of fascination and estrangement. Fundamentally, the goal of the project is to shift from the idea of national space, as a constituted physical location, to a frontier space that constantly assumes new morphologies and new models of categorization (local, national, trans-national, geo-political, denational, pure, contaminated, etc.). Contemporary art has become a global phenomenon fostered by an ever growing network of relations overcoming distances. La Triennale will therefore approach the art of today through this wealth of connections. Its title, “Intense Proximity”, points to those frictions, those heterogeneous tensions which set every human activity into motion. It also questions how an individual’s origins, intellectual education or life path have an impact on his/her situation in the larger context of a society in which the fault lines are increasingly uncharted. It also asks how La Triennale can be constituted within the debates that currently animate French society. Set against the background of a globalization brimming with both hopes and fears as well as the looming shadow of cultural isolationism, artists from different origins and different fields, but all somehow sharing the cultural references which contemporary art provides, will address these tricky issues in their individual practice and alongside an expansive and robust guest program.
Okwui Enwezor is the director of Haus der Kunst, Munich. He has served as artistic director of documenta 11 in Kassel, and the biennials of Johannesburg, Sevilla, and Gwangju. He was Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President of the San Francisco Art Institute (2005-2009), and is widely acknowledged as a leading and influential figure on the contemporary art scene. As artistic director of La Triennale, Okwui Enwezor brings incisive critical insight, international awareness and extensive practical experience. After La Force de l’Art 01 and 02 at the Grand Palais in 2006 and 2009, the newly-reinvented La Triennale will be one of the major art events of 2012.
Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor proposes a broad, stimulating panorama of contemporary art. Aiming to explore potential areas of dialogue between various artistic disciplines and cultural scenes, he will work in close collaboration with a team of four associate curators, all passionately involved in the contemporary art scene on which they have their own personal take: Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émilie Renard and Claire Staebler.
‘La Triennale is happening at a point in which the vitality of contemporary art around France and Paris is immense. The surrounding landscape is not only the landscape of big institutions and powerful structures, but a landscape that is being constructed as we speak by multiple voices, a lot of them emerging voices, not in contestation of the powerful institutions but really enlarging the rise of the possible in Paris.
La Triennale is not an exhibition that is about bringing something Paris has not seen before but it is about being part of this developing and growing narrative in a space that has been a primary institution over the past ten years, in terms of different methodologies of exhibition making, the discursive as well as the critical dimensions between art and thought, art and life. Most importantly, La Triennale wants to create a space of intellectual generosity.’
La Triennale 2012 is pleased to announce its collaboration with Bétonsalon, le Crédac, Instants Chavirés, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Musée du Louvre and Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, six institutions based in Paris and the surrounding region. Ranging from large to small scale, the collaboration between La Triennale 2012 and these institutions will expand the conceptual, programmatic, and cartographic dimensions of "Intense Proximity," while developing a network of ideas and practices extending from La colline de Chaillot—where Palais de Tokyo and Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris are located—to the edges of Paris.
Each of these institutions has conceived and developed specific projects in collaboration with La Triennale 2012 and will feature innovative programming across a variety of media including exhibitions, performances, discussions, and screenings. Together, these partnerships will create a space of exchange and debate that will contribute to the complexity of La Triennale 2012. The scope of activities within these institutions ranges from contemporary art to fashion, photography, music, performance, and academic research.
Located within the premises of Université Paris 7 in the 13th arrondissement, Bétonsalon is a non-profit center supporting work existing at the intersection of art and university-affiliated research. Through an active program of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, seminars, publications, neighborhood tours, festivals, and residencies, Bétonsalon develops aesthetic, cultural, political, and socioeconomic discourses in cooperation with local, national and international organizations.
Recently relocated to the third floor of a former factory, Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac features an ambitious program of solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art. Through artist discussions, in-studio activities, special events, and publications, le Crédac seeks to foster a meaningful dialogue between artists and the public.
Founded in 1991, Instants Chavirés is a venue located in Montreuil conceived as a laboratory for improvised, experimental, and noise music. Its annex, the ancient Bouchoule brewery, presents a rich programming schedule in visual and sonic arts.
Since 2001, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers has functioned as a research space and residency program dedicated to projects that do not fit pre-existing systems of artistic and cultural production. Conceived as an open tool, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers adapt their organization, their structure and their public program to each hosted project.
Founded in 1793 as a universal museum, the Musée du Louvre celebrates humanity's long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, from 3000 BC to 1848, reaching from America to the borders of India and China, and making it a focal point for permanent dialogue between past and present.
Founded in 1977, Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris is located directly across the street from Palais de Tokyo and currently closed for renovation. It will reopen in spring 2013. The museum's collections are among the finest in the world. They reflect the dress codes in France from the 18th century to the present day and offer an insight into the creative genius of fashion, even in its most contemporary forms.
Led by Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor and Associate Curators Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Emilie Renard, and Claire Staebler, La Triennale 2012 will take place between April 20th and August 26th, 2012, and will explore the wealth and vitality of the French and international artistic scene while exploring the connections between artistic practice and the writing of culture throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
La Triennale is organized at the initiative of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Direction générale de la création artistique, commissioner, with the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), associate commissioner, and produced by the Palais de Tokyo. La Triennale is organized with the support of the Institut Français.
The guidebook of La Triennale presents the artists of the show through illustrated and bilingual (French – English) notes.
Price: 10 EUR 280 pages. Coedited by Centre national des arts plastiques – Artlys
Full calendar on: www.latriennale.org
As a preliminary to the opening on April 19 at 20.00, the Palais de Tokyo is partly opening up during 2 days. From Thursday, April 12 at 20.00 to Friday April 13 at 24.00, non-stop, the Palais de Tokyo is partly opening up. Events, concerts, performances, lectures, shows,… all providing a chance to go behind the scenes and discover a metamorphosis, before the exhibition areas open up fully with La Triennale "Intense proximity", which is being set up at the time.
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Public opening at the Palais de Tokyo on 19th April, 2012, from 9:00 pm to midnight.
Palais de Tokyo
Centre d'Art Contemporain d'Ivry - Le Crédac
Galliera, musée de la mode de la ville de Paris
Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers
Musée du Louvre