Continuing the sentiment of its inaugural edition, Paris Internationale’s 2016 edition will take place at 51 Avenue d’Iéna, a hôtel particulierbuilt in 1897, most notably known as the Parisian residence and salon of prominent art collector Calouste Gulbenkian. From October 18th to the 23rd, the four story mansion, which spans over 3,000 m2, will host 61 participants including 54 galleries and 7 project spaces hailing from 21 countries. Echoing the plural identities of the participants, the building will feature a mosaic of rooms with strikingly specific characteristics. Responding to the current climate of art fairs in regards to both its production and reception, Paris Internationale is a joint initiative from 5 emerging galleries; Crèvecoeur, High Art, Antoine Levi, Sultana and Gregor Staiger, as a collective attempt to develop an appropriate model for fostering new advanced initiatives in contemporary art.
A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS AT PARIS INTERNATIONALE
20–23 OCTOBER 2016
51, AVENUE D'IÉNA, 75116 PARIS
On the occasion of the second edition of the fair, Paris Internationale and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard happily renewed their collaboration to organise an ambitious series of conversations examining a few contemporary issues of the art practices. Throughout the week, we will try to ask a few relevant questions about the permanence of data, collectivity and miliantism in art and the transmission of knowledge. We hope to make some valid points while spending a convivial time together.
Conversations will be taking place from Thursday to Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 4pm, on the third floor of the fair, and will be moderated by Clément Delépine, co-director of Paris Internationale.
THURSDAY, 20 OCTOBER, 6 PM
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE?
Alberto Giacometti once said that in the event of a fire, between a Rembrandt and a cat, he would save the cat. Often the value we attribute to things is revealed by how easily we can part with them should the need arise. However, with the ever expanding capacities of storage, this necessity doesn't occur for digital files anymore.
Millions of pictures are taken everyday. They will not be looked at twice nor be deleted. The slogan of the most popular mailbox is "Don't throw away anything". Websites functioning like diaries allow users to aggregate series of images, piling them up like geological strata. Second Life was immensely popular in the early Aughts, today some of the universes created have been abandoned by their residents and the constructions left vacant. Digital ruins immune to the passage of time.
Everything remains documented, archived, and seems to contribute to an archeology of the present. Our guests will discuss how this permanence hierarchize information and the influence it might have on the creative process.
FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER, 6 PM
ONE HAND CANNOT CLAP
Themed exhibitions are considered an invention of the late 20th century. Before, museography allowed visitors an individual experience with the artwork. This experience progressively changed with the multiplication of themed exhibitions, the visitor being more liable to the curator's vision.
In an intellectual context where we are conceptualizing post-capitalism and the reorientation of a market economy which placed individuals at its center toward common necessities, our guests will discuss how to think of art as a collective experience.
SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 6PM
UNREST ON ONE’S LAURELS
Overwhelmed by the symbolic power of abstract art, Dominique de Menil famously claimed in 1971 that in a world cluttered with images only abstraction could “bring us to the treshold of the divine".
It is commonly heard today that art is complacent, that it only serves a cathartic purpose and that its impact is more emotional than social. However, forms of militantism in art are continuously active through accelerationism, queer theories, feminisms or gender studies, only to name a few.
Our guests will discuss if art can still be expected to be an emancipatory force and a vector of social change.
SUNDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 4PM
BUILDING THE TOOLBOX
Although School was always considered a way to elevate oneself, academism does not prepare for everything. Which are the tools which schools don’t provide. How transmission of knowledge, identification of talent and its promotion are articulated? A few art schools seem to prepare young artists for the reality of the market and operate as draft camps.
Our guests will discuss their current experiences of such institutions and their situation in France.
Opening (by personal invitation only):
Tuesday, October 18
Wednesday, October 19 to Saturday, October 22
Sunday, October 23
Nearest Metro Stations:
Charles de Gaulle Etoile, line 1, 2, 6
Kléber, line 6
Food & drinks by Ô Divin