“Emma Lavigne”

Fluid aesthetics

The fourteenth edition of the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon calls on our senses to redefine the notion of modernity. With curator Emma Lavigne in charge, the event unfolds like a vast flowing music score, both for the ears and the eyes. A dive into the heart of “Floating Worlds”… The poetic title of the new edition of the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon – borrowed from the Japanese artistic movement ukiyo-e, literally “images of the floating world” – offers a perfect illustration of the gliding feel which characterises this second episode in the trilogy of biennials from 2015 to 2019, whose overall theme, “Moderne”, was chosen by the event’s artistic director, Thierry Raspail. Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz invites us to discover a shifting universe in which liquid vies with the solid, in which flows, the invisible and impermanency furtively take form – to encourage a broadened and connected grasp of our world. After the “Modern Life” event conceived by Ralph Rugoff in 2015, “Floating Worlds” – imagined by one of the most sought-after French curators at the moment – is mooring at La Sucrière and the MAC de Lyon until January 2018. Between the ebb and flow of the Rhône and Saône Rivers in Lyon, some 70 international artists are offering sound and visual installations that stage the choreography of “objects of experience” – in the words of Thierry Raspail –, as the random movements of the elements, light, air and energy, blend with the architecture and space of the various sites, along with occasional interventions from the public. In Lyon, rich dialogues between historic pieces in the Centre Pompidou’s collections and current works, as well as the intercultural viewpoints of the artists, sketch out afresh the “augmented” contours of modern aesthetics. An “extendable” modernity,...

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Announcement of the guest curator at the 2017 Biennale de Lyon

Thierry Raspail, artistic director of the Biennale de Lyon, is inviting Emma Lavigne as guest curator of the 14th edition from 20 September to 31 December 2017. The Biennale de Lyon operates according to three-part cycles on a common theme, in the manner of a triptych. The 14th edition will be presenting the second episode on the theme “Moderne”, and will be curated by Emma Lavigne, at the head of the Centre Pompidou-Metz since 1 December 2015. An art historian by training, Emma Lavigne has long paid interest to the relationships between music, sound and contemporary art through exhibitions including “Electric Body” and “Espace Odyssée” (Cité de la Musique, Paris), questioning the notion of space in music, or else “Danser sa vie” (Centre Pompidou). She has also presented monographic exhibitions dedicated to figures on the music and artistic scenes including Chen Zhen, Christina Kubisch, Saâdane Afifandu and Christian Marclay. She curated the Pierre Huyghe retrospective at the Centre Pompidou before taking part in projects for the LACMA (Los Angeles) and the Ludwig Museum (Cologne). As director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Emma Lavigne has curated the exhibition “Warhol Underground” and “Kimsooja — To Breathe”. She also curated the French pavilion at the last Venice Biennale: “Rêvolutions” featuring Céleste...

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