Palais de Tokyo
Organized from April 20th to August 26th, 2012, the 3rd edition of La Triennale (former "La Force de l'Art") will move into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and seven institutions based in Paris and the surrounding region: Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry – le Crédac, Galliera – musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, the Grand Palais, Instants Chavirés, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, and the Musée du Louvre. The collaboration between these institutions and the Palais de Tokyo will create a unique space of exchange and debate that will make possible for La Triennale to 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.
Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor
Associate Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Emilie Renard, Claire Staebler
Exhibition open to the public from April 20th to August 26th, 2012
Public opening at the Palais de Tokyo on 19th April, 2012, from 9:00 pm to midnight.
Requests for visitors information:
Le Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo
13, Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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.’
Okwui Enwezor, in conversation with Alfredo Jaar,
École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, February 16, 2011.
Le palais de tokyo
Marc Allegret & André Gide
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Carrie Mae Weems
Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal
Alejandra Riera & Andreas Maria Fohr
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Selma & Sofiane Ouissi
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Desire Machine Collective
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan
Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet
Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan
Centre for Visual Introspection
Les lieux associés
Bétonsalon - Centre d'Art et de recherche
Maria Thereza Alves
Centre d'Art Contemporain d'Ivry - Le Crédac
Galliera, musée de la mode de la ville de Paris
Daily, except on Tuesdays
From noon to midnight
Metro: line 9 / stations: Alma-Marceau or Iéna
RER C / station Pont de l’Alma
Bus lines: 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Vélib’: station at 2 rue Marceau
The admission ticket includes free admission to the guest program of the same day.
Regular fee: 8 EUR
Reduced fee: 6 EUR
(under 26 years-old visitors, holders of France’s Carte Famille
Nombreuse, teachers, holders of an entrance ticket to Monumenta 2012 – Daniel Buren)
Under 18 years-old, job seekers, people in receipt of French state benefits (minima sociaux) and the minimum pension, people with disabilities and their carers (in accordance with the conditions laid down by the Maison Départementale des Personnes Handicapées).
Free admission after 6:00 pm on the 1st Monday of every month.
Admission + guided tour pack (90 min):
Beginning of guided tours
10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm
Adult group fee
Tour with mediator-lecturer (up to 30 persons, 90 minutes):
Rates for school and extra-curricular groups
Groups of up to 30 students (primary and secondary) Tok-Tok ateliers for pupils: 120 EUR
Tok-Tok tale for pupils: 80 EUR
Teachers or apprentice teachers (Education Nationale – IUFM)
Tour of 90 minutes or workshop-tour of 2 hours:
160 EUR per group
Bétonsalon - Centre for art and research
Tropicomania, the social life of plants will be open to the public from April 20th to July 21st, 2012
Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research
9, esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
Rez-de-Chaussée de la Halle aux Farines, 75013 Paris
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research is closed in August.
— Friday, April 20th, 2012, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm: press preview;
— Friday, April 20th, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: opening;
— Saturday, June 2nd, 2012: study day at musée du quai Branly;
— Sunday, June 3rd, 2012: an afternoon of screenings, presentations, and exchanges at Muséum — national d’Histoire naturelle.
Metro: ligne 14 / station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
RER C / station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Bus: lines 62, 89 and 132 / stop Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, line 64 / stop Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, line 325 / stop Thomas Mann, line PC2 / stop Porte de la Gare