The Palais de Tokyo has invited Tomás Saraceno (born in Argentina in 1973, an artist who lives and works “on and beyond planet earth”) to take over the entirety of its exhibition space, from 17 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, for the fourth in its “Cartes Blanches” series, which started with Philippe Parreno in 2013 and was followed by Tino Sehgal in 2016, and then Camille Henrot in 2017. This Carte Blanche will immerse the visitor in the research that Tomás Saraceno has been conducting for over 15 years, working alongside scientists, theorists, researchers and social workers to find fresh answers to the questions posed by our society: How can we live beyond our borders? How can we, together, reinvent our way of being in the world?
“The Palais de Tokyo recently reminded us of a few lines written in Le Monde newspaper about giving free rein to an artist: ‘It provides highly relevant content and context which offer rather than impose. The visitor finds himself in a carefully and intelligently engineered space which has been influenced by acutely artistic minds.”
Why remind us of this?
Because, regardless of whichever invariably outstanding artist is now being given the famous “Carte Blanche”, relevance and intelligence will always be the two key criteria in the scenographic exercise to which the Louis Roederer Foundation subscribes as Tomás Saraceno prepares to take possession of the exhibition space at the Palais de Tokyo.
It simply had to be this way for this interdisciplinary artist, this “giant bird”, whose works are particularly well suited to the Palais de Tokyo as they show a marked taste for large-scale installations, not to mention a particular sensibility to arachnology. Saraceno offers us the sociable spider and the solitary spider, of course, but also a collective dream and a poetic journey, several tens of feet up in the air between the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Palais de Tokyo. There are also suspended gardens and the ‘thermodynamic’ imaginary world, ideas based on dreams and inspiration.
It is, without doubt, an exhibition that will have an extraordinary and indescribable impact, one which combines all disciplines and all the possible routes of the imagination, that the Palais de Tokyo is busy preparing in a spirit of excitement and curiosity, a spirit joyfully shared by the Louis Roederer Foundation.”
Michel Janneau, General Secretary of the Louis Roederer Foundation
About the exhibition
Through his large-scale installations, Tomás Saraceno brings us a generous and immersive work which touches on all the things that interest him: building networks and relationships, habitable structures, urban landscapes, concepts of territory and border, the environment and new energy sources, the human and the non-human, poetry, the mysteries of the universe, and so on.
An architect by training, the patterns he discovers in phenomena ranging from the macrostructures of the universe to the microsystems of nature represent, for him, alternative ways of organizing our world, as well as a way of offering us a poetic human perception of life. In this study, the structures of spider webs and their system of expansion in space constitute a major source of inspiration and research. Tomás Saraceno gives us webs woven by sociable spiders and solitary spiders, successively spun on top of each other, and studies the emergence of new hybrid forms and the resulting synergies.
Curator : Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
About the Louis Roederer Foundation
The Louis Roederer Foundation was created in 2011 with the purpose of perpetuating Louis Roederer’s sponsorship activity which followed on from its discovery of the photography collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2003. Since being awarded the title of “Major Patron of Culture and Arts”, the foundation has continued to demonstrate its commitment to art through its support for the Grand Palais as well as an active partnership with the Palais de Tokyo. With each of its sponsorships, at events held in the various shrines to culture and intelligence, and which include the BnF Photography Research Grant, the Rencontres d’Arles’ New Discovery Prize and now the Revelation Prize at the American Film Festival, the Louis Roederer Foundation has never lost sight of the fact that its finest vocation remains its commitment to contemporary creation.About the Louis Roederer Foundation
Picture : Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strands of a Spider’s Web, 2009
Biennale de Venise 2009.
Photo: Alessandro Coco, 2009. © Studio Tomás Saraceno