Echoing the Palais de Tokyo’s new season, this issue of PALAIS magazine is infused with the poetic genius of Raymond Roussel, great explorer of invented worlds, causing us to topple over and over again into different mental geometries.
Highlights of issue 17 include
– Dossier: “New Impressions of Raymond Roussel,” a 60-page dossier edited by the art critic and curator François Piron.
– Julio Le Parc by Matthieu Poirier.
– Niklas Maak on the work of the French artist François Curlet.
– Dieter Roelstraete and Yann Chateigné Tytelman in relation with Joachim Koester‘s recent films.
– Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel by Amélie Lavin.
An author who is so totally absorbed in his own oeuvre obviously fascinates artists, or at least those who have seen Roussel as a model of integrity, given that he was entirely taken up on the absolute construction of a universe fashioned just for himself.—François Piron
PALAIS invites François Piron, curator of the exhibition New Impressions of Raymond Roussel, to create a dossier in dialogue with this venture. In it, he comments on the writer’s whimsical personality and on his mysterious work in which, as Raymond Roussel stated, “Nothing real must enter.” Accompanied by historians, by art critics and artists, Piron approaches the topic diagonally to consider the propagation of Roussel’s work through that of many artists. Texts by Lorenzo Benedetti, Marie de Brugerolle, Rodney Graham, Bernard Marcadé, François Piron, Alain Quella-Villéger.
Le Parc’s visual language is paradoxical: it proves to be as minimalist as it is labyrinthine. His works, which use vertigo and disorientation to destabilize the retina, never cease to either dominate or evade our perception.—Matthieu Poirier
An Introduction to the work of Julio Le Parc, a key figure in the history of art whose works focusing on the visual field, movement, light, or the relationship between the work and the viewer, have a special resonance today. By Matthieu Poirier.
Niklas Maak, “Hearse power. Notes on François Curlet”: The concept of détournement has several meanings: diverting (a route), but also misappropriating and seducing. Which détournements does François Curlet practice with the sports car transformed into a hearse, the corbillard de sport, the sports hearse?
In three recent films, Joachim Koester unearths two unusual figures of modern history: John Murray Spear, an American utopist and spiritualist; Jerzy Grotowski, a major figure of modern theatre. Essays by Dieter Roelstraete and Yann Chateigné Tytelman.
Amélie Lavin, “Dewar & Gicquel. Handmade Sculptors”: There is very much a bulimic or encyclopedic dimension to Dewar & Gicquel‘s work, as well as in this summoning up of both marginal references and “great” (art) history. Looking at it properly, we sometimes have the feeling that they are amusing themselves by playing back the whole history of art, and sculpture in particular, in a way that is both intense and anecdotal.
Also in issue 17
– Special projects and visual contributions by Takahiro Iwasaki and Evariste Richer.
– “Hell as conversation,” Greek curator Nadja Argyropoulou in conversation with architect Yorgos Tzirtzilakis.
– Focus on seven artists from the emerging contemporary art scene: Marcos Avila Forero, Hicham Berrada, Gauthier Leroy, Lars Morell, Jean-Michel Pancin, Pierre Paulin, and Clémence Seilles.
Published three times per year by the Palais de Tokyo, PALAIS magazine offers an in-depth perspective on the exhibitions and program of the Palais de Tokyo. Each season, the magazine includes dossiers, interviews, essays, special projects and inserts, all contributed by artists, art critics, historians or theorists, making PALAIS magazine an essential tool for apprehending contemporary art.
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