From November 26, 2021 to February 20, 2022, and as part of Australia Now 2021 – an initiative from the Australian government celebrating Australia’s creative excellence, diversity and innovation – the Palais de Tokyo houses an exhibition of artist Jonathan Jones. Called Untitled (transcriptions of country), it especially looks into “colonial transport, trade and the acclimatization of indigenous plants, animals and objects, together with the colonization of local knowledge”.
First, a starting point: Captain Nicolas Baudin’s French expedition to Australia in the early 19th century. “The artistic approach being the process of translation”, the artist uses this historic event to build his project including works on different supports, each with their special features.
Among the most emblematic works displayed on the occasion, we can think about the 300 plants – kept at the National Herbarium of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris – hand-embroidered by hand by local communities. We can also think about sculptures inspired by now-lost autochthonal traditions. We can think about a “soundscape” inspired by a corroboree – an Australian Aboriginal ceremony – as transcribed during the expedition and broadcasted.
The idea behind all these supports: shining a light on “how the interpretation and understanding of other cultures can be altered through communication and exchange”. Please also note the exhibition will be then displayed to Australia, at Sydney Artspace contemporary art center and will be subject to a special publication.
Dates and Opening Time
From 26 November 2021 to 20 February 2022
Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du président Wilson
75116 Paris 16
Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna" ou Alma-Marceau"
Tarif réduit: €9
Plein tarif: €12
Ouvert de 10h à 19h. Fermé le mardi.