Five solo exhibitions by FABIEN GIRAUD AND RAPHAËL SIBONI, JONATHAN MONK, ARCANGELO SASSOLINO, DANIEL FIRMAN ET CHRISTOPH BÜCHEL
The Superdome is a legendary stadium: built in 1975 in New Orleans
(Louisiana), it has hosted many Super Bowls (the finals of the American
football championship), a concert by the Rolling Stones, Pope John Paul
II, the Republican Convention, and refugees from Hurricane Katrina.
Paradoxically the Superdome forms a bridge between superlative
entertainment, in the form of the Super Bowl, and total distress, in
the form of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing inspiration from the additional
and schizophrenic logic of “I Can Get No Satisfaction” AND “Our Father,
who art in heaven”, Marc-Olivier Wahler presents SUPERDOME, a new
session bringing together five solo exhibitions, oscillating between
spectacle and conceits, decibels and prayers, high-tech and chaos,
continuing the program of exhibitions testing the notion of the work of
art's elasticity, first broached at the Palais de Tokyo with Five billion years.
GEOMETRY OF CHAOS
Clockmakers who dismantle time with painstaking care (Time between spaces by Jonathan Monk)… A missile launcher that pulverizes empty beer bottles at more than 600 km/h (Afasia 1 by Arcangelo Sassolino)… A choir of 350 Darth Vaders fitted with micro-computers that produce the darkest “hit” of all time (Last Manoeuvres in the Dark by Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni)… An elephant precariously balancing on its trunk (Würsa by Daniel Firman)… A special project by Christoph Büchel (Dump)… Like a cloche placed over a town or a stretch of countryside – the one in Biosphere II, the Truman Show,
or even the one by Buckminster Fuller conjured up by Loris Gréaud in
Cellar Door – SUPERDOME hosts activities that bump into one another,
and lives that are in fragile equilibrium, outlining a potential
geometry of chaos.
SUPERDOME is also a collection of “firsts”. The first solo exhibition
by Jonathan Monk at a Paris institution… The first time that the Palais
de Tokyo and the Musée d'Art Moderne of the City of Paris have
collaborated… The first major solo exhibition by Fabien Giraud and
Raphaël Siboni as a duo… The first solo exhibition by Arcangelo
Sassolino in France … The first glimpse of a large-scale forthcoming
project by Christoph Büchel, an artist nominated for the 2008 Hugo Boss
Awards… The first time that a real elephant has balanced on its trunk…
MORE OF SUPERDOME...
A SPECIAL MODULE WITH ALEISTER CROWLEY /
THURSDAYS AT SUPERDOME /
Gypsy Sound System
Superdome after-party with Dj Olga and Dr Schnaps.
May 29th, 8 p.m. - 12 p.m.
An exceptional talk with Kenneth Anger on the occasion of the
exhibition of new paintings by Aleister Crowley. In partnership with
the Centre Pompidou.
June 5th, 7.30 p.m.
Screening footage taken back from the Burning Man Project (Nevada) by Alain Della Negra and
June 12th, 7.30 p.m.
A talk on sound considered as a weapon, with Steve Goodman, author of Sonic Warfare (to be published), Ellen Mara de Wachter, curator of Arsenal: Artists
Exploring the Potential of Sound as a Weapon (London, 2006) and Mark
June 19th, 7.30 p.m.
Grindcore concert on the occasion of the publication of a special issue of Sang Bleu with the Pavillon and Emmanuelle Antille.
June 26th, 9 p.m.
YouTube Battle 2 no limit
The second edition of Palais de Tokyo’s famous video battle pits the
École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy against the École
Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
July 3rd, 9 p.m.
Stage of the Art #4 features The Kills in concert, with the support of Eurostar London Coming.
July 9th, 8 p.m.
PALAIS / Issue 6 - OUT on 29 May 2008
In conjunction with the exhibitions, events, lectures and performances in the Palais de Tokyo programme, every three months PALAIS / outlines the expanding artistic universe that programme reflects. This issue of the magazine PALAIS / is edited and designed around SUPERDOME, with an excerpt of Naomi
Klein's latest book, interviews (Jonathan Monk by Marc-Olivier Wahler,
François Girbaud with Giraud & Siboni), portfolios (press images of
Superdome, Arcangelo Sassolino), a "making of" (Daniel Firman), and
also a guide section.
For further information see: http://www.palaismagazine.com