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Bourgogne Tribal Show, the Quai Branly and the tribal-arts market with Julie Arnoux

Julie Arnoux is executive director of the Friends Society of the Musée du Quai Branly. For twelve years, she has been in charge of this association that supports the museum’s development and renown. Alongside this role, she set up, three years ago, Delvoyeurs. This project, shared with three founding partners, aims to design and promote exhibitions, develop editorial projects, produce contemporary artistic works, and support cultural players in their development strategies. Art Media Agency met her also to discuss the organisation of the Bourgogne Tribal Show (from 26 to 29th May). Delvoyeurs is currently organising the Bourgogne Tribal Show. What is this project about? The Bourgogne Tribal Show comes from a fairly zany idea thought up by four dealers specialising in the so-called “primitive” arts: Laurent Dodier, Bruno Frey, Jacques Lebrat and Anthony Meyer. Their project was to set up a festive, convivial event in a different place. They discussed their project with Bruno Mory, a contemporary-art gallerist based in Burgundy with a strong focus on monumental sculptures and photography. These five dealers approached Delvoyeurs at a time when the agency was still very young. We had never organised any fairs, but the idea was really stimulating. We have a magical site in the Saône-et-Loire in Burgundy that won over everyone. Going far from the capital, major centres and big cities is a wager, and we wanted to create something that uses the codes of big fairs while also developing them — this is how we came to choose the visual symbol of a Charolais cow! We want to amuse, to be innovative while remaining extremely rigorous. Our list of participants includes established dealers and other more discreet ones, from France and overseas, from Paris or from outside the capital — this corresponds to our desire to represent the...

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Award winners of the Colas Foundation announced

On 7 April, the Colas Foundation announced its winning artists for 2016. The nominees are: Jean-Michel Alberola, Matt Bollinger, Damien Cadio, Marion Charlet, Hervé Di Rosa, Noël Dolla, Gérard Fromanger, Iris Levasseur, Stéphane Pencréac’h, Guillaume Pinard, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Anne-Laure Sacriste, Alain Sechas, Heidi Wood and Xie Lei. The Colas Foundation was founded in 1991 and supports contemporary painting with the aim of fostering dialogue and exchange between the art world and the business world. Each year, the jury selects a dozen professional artists and asks them to create a pictorial work. The selection is made by a jury of the Colas company’s representatives and professionals of the art world. In its commitment to promoting dialogue between the artists and the company, the Foundation asked the artists to “imagine the path of today and tomorrow.” 15 new works will therefore join the Colas Foundation’s collection, which today comprises about 350 paintings. The collection of the Foundation is exhibited at Colas headquarters in...

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A Drawing Lab in Paris

A Drawing Lab will be set up in Paris at the end of 2016, on 17 rue de Richelieu. The Paris Drawing Lab is a private art centre entirely dedicated the promotion and dissemination of contemporary drawing. Created by the founder of Drawing Now, Christine Phal, the Drawing Lab aims at promoting contemporary drawing throughout the entire year and will be funded by the Fonds de Dotation pour le Dessin Contemporain (Endowment Fund for Contemporary Drawing). Benefiting from an exhibition space of 150 square meters, the new centre will also have a shop located on the ground floor of the Drawing Hotel. An exhibition program is currently being defined by a selection committee, which will be responsible for selecting three projects a year bringing together an exhibition commissioner and an artist. This committee will be composed of Daria de Beauvais, curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Agnès Callu, curator of the Graphic Arts Department at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Sandra Hegedus, collector, Marc Donnadieu, curator in charge of the contemporary art at the LaM (Lille Métropole, Musée d’art moderne, d‘art contemporain et d’art brut) and Philippe Piguet, art critic and artistic director of Drawing Now...

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An art brut museum has opened in Montpellier

A new museum dedicated to art brut has opened in Montpellier on 9 April of this year: the Atelier-Musée des Arts brut, singulier et autres. The museum is located in the Quartier des Beaux Arts (district of Fine Arts), at 1 rue Beauséjour in Montpellier. After Paris, Lille, Lausanne, the work of 300 creators will be exhibited on 600 square meters. Art brut comes from artists characterised by a form of social, mental or cultural alterity, and which are often autodidacts. It is made of creations that break with the traditional codes of contemporary art. This initiative was taken by Patrick and Denys Michel, the sons of Fernand Michel, himself an author of art brut called “l’artiste zingueur” (the zinc worker artist) because of his fascination for zinc in his work as a bookbinder. He had himself gathered an art brut collection that included approximately 750 pieces. This project, supported by his two sons, has been spread over seven years – the amount of time it has taken to gather about 800 new major pieces of art brut, for a total of 2300 pieces made by about 250 creators. The Atelier-Musée will start with a retrospective dedicated to the work of Fernand Michel, held April to September 2016. This opening is also an opportunity to rediscover the great names of art brut, such as Aloïse Corbaz, Adolf Wölffli or Augustin...

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François Pinault will open a museum in Paris

On Wednesday 27 April, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, officialised the installation of the Pinault Foundation in the Bourse du Commerce, in the Quartier des Halles, in the first district of Paris. The Bourse du Commerce is a circular building, built during the 18th century and located rue Viarmes. Formerly used as a wheat hall, it was renovated during the 19th century to house the Chamber of Commerce of Paris. This historic monument will welcome one of the world’s most important collections, according to the longstanding wish of François Pinault to set up in France. Indeed, the collector already tried to open a foundation in Paris, in the former Renault plants on Seguin Island (Boulogne-Billancourt) – a project that was dismissed after years of unsuccessful procedures. Until now, Pinault foundations could be found in Venice, at the Palazzo Grassi and at the Punta della Dogana. The new foundation will benefit from a space of 13.000 square meters, including an exhibit area of 4.000 square meters, which makes it the biggest space dedicated to art collection, before the Palazzo Grassi (2.500 square meters) and the Punta della Dogana (3.000 square meters). The collector, for whom “a museum cannot be a place where we merely show”, also foresees the construction of a vast auditorium. Once again, Martin Bethenod will be entrusted with the administration of this space. The project, the cost of which is estimated at €100 million, will be borne by François Pinault. Four architects will work on the building: Tadao Ando, Pierre-Antoine Gatier, as well as Lucie Niney and Thibault Marca, creators of the agency NeM. The construction work should start in January 2017 for an opening planned in autumn 2018. This new foundation is part of the project for the revitalisation of the Quartier des Halles (Halles...

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