“Jean de Loisy”

Nuit Blanche 2016

Paris, by night. The 2016 Edition of Nuit Blanche was unveiled by Bruno Julliard, assistant director of the Paris city hall, and Jean de Loisy, artistic director for the event. The Nuit Blanche 2016 will be held on Saturday 1 October from 7 PM until the early hours of the morning. The principle of the Nuit Blanche is to cover Paris during the night, following a path that goes along the Seine, starting at Hôtel de Ville to the Île aux Cygnes. The 2016 Edition was conceived as a reference to Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a 1457 Italian novel that tells the story of Poliphile, who was pursuing Polia, a woman with whom he was hopelessly in love. This voyage will occur in the heart of Paris, with the Seine acting as an Ariane’s thread. The Nuit Blanche provides the opportunity to visit Paris in another way, and split into 12 chapters punctuated by the presentation of various artists: Abraham Poincheval, Alain Séchas, Olivier Beer, Stéphane Thidet, Fabrice Hyber, Bridget Polk, and Alain Fleischer. Created in 2002, the Nuit Blanche is free and open to the public. A major success, the initiative has been copied in 25 cities around the...

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Le Meurice Hotel accommodating to contemporary art: Interview with Anne Vogt-Bordure

Paris, 30 September 2013, Art Media AGency (AMA). Now in its sixth year, the Meurice Prize for contemporary art has become recognised as a major source of support for contemporary French artists, with the 2013/2014 winner to be announced on on 7 October. After an initital selection process, the artists vying for the prize have been named as Bertille Bak, represented by the Xippas Gallery, Neil Beloufa, of Balice Hertling Gallery, Jonathan Binet, of Gaudel de Stampa, Chloé Maillet and Louise Hervé, both of Marcelle Alix Gallery, Elsa Sahal, of Claudine Papillon Gallery, and Ulla von Brandenburg, represented by the Art : Concept Gallery. Art Media Agency met Anne Vogt-Bordure, Communications Director at the Hôtel Le Meurice, and the founder and organiser of the prize. What links the Le Meurice to the art world? Le Meurice has always had a natural attraction to the world of art. It is a passion which has both driven and enlivened this prestigious institution since it was first established. This affiliation is strongly evident in the institution’s history, which began in 1818 with Augustin Meurice, who ran a hostel in Calais. His stage coach also served the Calais-Paris route and, one day, at the end of a journey in the capital, the entrepreneur had the idea of creating a hotel. At the time, the hotel was located on rue Saint-Honoré, as the rue de Rivoli didn’t then exist. Already, at this early stage, there was a proximity between the institution and the arts, as the building was located in front of the Louvre, which served as a royal residence before becoming, over the years, the unrivalled museum that we know today. Le Meurice neighboured a powerful area, among commercial streets that were popular with visitors. In 1835, Le Meurice moved to its current location, and settled in a uniquely elegant building, on rue de Rivoli, not far from...

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Jean de Loisy appointed head of Palais de Tokyo

Paris, 1 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). In a press release issued today, the French Ministry of Culture announced that Jean de Loisy has been appointed president of the Palais de Tokyo. Frédéric Mitterand asked Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, to name Jean de Loisy as president of the Palais for a period of five years. Jean de Loisy was born in 1957 and has held prestigious posts linked to cultural and contemporary art domains. He was formerly at the head of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire, worked as a representative at the Ministry of Culture and Communication for contemporary creation at historic monuments and was also curator at the Pompidou Centre. He has also cooperated with foreign institutions like the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Gwangju Biennial in Korea and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Loisy is currently focusing on several projects. He is curator at Monumenta along with Anish Kapoor, the Venice Biennale’s Israeli Pavilion along with Sigalit Landau, as well as at the exhibition dedicated to graduates from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. As president of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy will have to concentrate on the extension of the building. At the beginning of 2012, he is expected to elaborate the cultural and artistic project of the whole institution. In the weeks to come, the Palais is due to increase in autonomy and efficiency. Jean de Loisy will be supported by a delegated managing director, whom he will have to appoint by the end of the summer. The managing director will have to handle the administrative and management...

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Jean de Loisy – new President of Palais de Tokyo?

Paris, 20 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA) Jean de Loisy could possibly be appointed as president of the Palais de Tokyo. In 2009, Olivier Kaeppelin was selected as president due to his rehabilitation project at the Palais de Tokyo. He has recently decided to rejoin the Maeght Foundation, where he was previously a member of the board of directors. Kaeppelin will take up his new post in July 2011. A new director is therefore urgently needed at the Palais de Tokyo. The three possible successors are Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jean de Loisy and Jean-Hubert Martin, but Loisy is said to be the favourite. The new director will have to take over Kaeppelin’s project, which is to rehabilitate the 9,000 square meter space and create an art centre. The inauguration is planned for April 2012 and the new exhibition area will house French major artists who are neglected by museums. The idea seems original and is expected to attract visitors. Architecture firm Lacaton & Vassal is directing the construction of the building. Speculation is rife that Jean de Loisy will be chosen, as he has featured prominently on the art scene lately.  De Loisy is currently the curator at “Monumenta”, Anish Kapoor’s exhibition hosted at the Grand...

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