“Michel Houellebecq”

Frédéric Rouzaud, 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture

The Fondation Louis Roederer has been recognised for its commitment to artistic creation. The 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture, Frédéric Rouzaud – CEO of Louis Roederer – has been raised to the status of a “great sponsor”. He founded the Fondation Louis Roederer in 2011, in order to structure and perpetuate the foundation’s sponsorship policy, which since 2003 has been aimed at great cultural institutions and confirmed or emerging artists. This year, the foundation was a partner of the Seydou Keïta exhibition at the Grand Palais, the Jean-Michel Alberola and Michel Houellebecq exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, and the Richard Avedon exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France opening on 18 October. The foundation also funds the Louis Roederer research grant every year. In addition, the institution supports numerous festivals and artistic events including Planche(s) Contact in Deauville, the Festival international d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence and the Prix de...

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Houellebecq as an artist

Is Michel Houellebecq changing artistic domains? On 10 June, the writer presented his medical bulletin at the contemporary-art biennale, Manifesta, currently on in Zurich. From 23 June 2016 to 11 September, he will be presenting an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo called “Rester Vivant” (Staying Alive) and from now on he will be represented by the gallery Air de Paris. The medical test was carried out by Dr Henry Perschak who heads a clinic in Zurich. Different medical images of his body were shown, namely the artist’s skull and the bones of his right hand. These images were then spread out throughout the Swiss city. “We don’t initially think of one’s body as a medical object, but this is the reality,” he commented. The idea apparently came from a meeting with the artist Christian Jankowski, curator of the exhibition, who is said to have suggested to the writer that he play the performance game. The diagnostic: “He’s in remarkably good health. Everyone knows that he doesn’t lead a very healthy life. And yet, yes, he’s fine,” explains Dr Perschak. And what’s more, the installation seems to have impressed others. Artist Jorinde Voigt has said that she is “very surprised” and “almost jealous, also commenting: “He speaks a different language from the one he’s used to” and he’s managed to find a way “to say something about himself in the current language of technological...

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