As the French government asked for learning holidays in France the Grand Palais plays the game and invites an artist, Franck Scurti, to settle in for a summer residency within the nave of the Grand Palais. The artist will take over the Grand Palais from July 6 and will welcome the public from July 18 to August 23, 2020, only on weekends.
According to the Grand Palais director, Chris Dercon, it has been easy to choose the artist. In a release, he says: “for this summer, I wanted some committed and generous work, a human project based on meeting and dialog, but that would be off the impressive size of the nave. And to enable the public – everyone – to discover this empty place in a new way, giving the artist the occasion to shine a light on our era in another temporality. “Au jour le jour” by Franck Scurti is all that: a studio from the world after where materials used come from the world before, and where the silence of work and the artist’s speech will follow one another in a perpetual movement”.
This is a new challenge and opportunity for Franck Scurti. In 2019, he took over the Palais de Tokyo with More is Less, as a nod to Gauguin’s yellow Christ. For the Grand Palais, he will work on De la Maison au Studio (et vice versa) [From Home to Studio (and vice versa)], a work he started in 2012. This work is made of shoelaces tied together and to litter he found on the ground. With all litter found, this rope measures 45 meter (147.63ft) long and will be hung from the glass roof of the Nave and will be continued by the artist.
He explains: “By setting my studio up, by exhibiting what I do for two months in the Nave of the Grand Palais, it is about questioning the words of the artist first, and to give the public its moments, sensations back as they are usually reserved for the sole private area”.
Lecturers will welcome visitors to present Franck Scurti’s work in a little drawing room with chairs and tables. And every day, three 45-minute conference tours will be provided to individual visitors about the Grand Palais and art creations (4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.). We do not know if skip-the-line tickets will be set up or if it will be in free access with respect of social distancing with one meter between visitors.
Dates and Opening Time
From 18 July 2020 to 23 August 2020
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris 8
M° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
Horaires : tous les week-ends, sauf celui du 15 août, de 16h à 20h