HUMPTY/DUMPTY exhibition by Cyprien Gaillard at the Palais de Tokyo and Lafayette Anticipations

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 2 August 2022 at 21h30
From October 19, 2022 to January 8, 2023, the Palais de Tokyo and Lafayette Anticipations house Cyprien Gaillard’s HUMPTY/DUMPTY exhibition. An art project displayed in two locations at the same time, two different chapters.

One exhibition, two locations! From October 19, 2022, to January 8, 2023, the Palais de Tokyo and Lafayette Anticipations welcome Cyprien Gaillard’s HUMPTY/DUMPTY exhibition. A reflection about “time – its traces, its effects, and the relationships that humans form with it”, and the artist tries to shine a light on with this diptych.

As the capital city takes great care of monuments by renovating them for the Olympics, Gaillard reveals “how the city acts a privileged terrain for the expression of entropy (degradation, disorder and unpredictability), and how, in return, humans seem compelled to fight against this process”. A will for order the artist looks for in every corner and place of schism escaping the ongoing renovations.

The title, HUMPTY/DUMPTY, alludes to one of the characters from Lewis Carroll’s novel, and especially the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass. Humpty Dumpty is an egg-shaped character that shatters after falling off from a wall. A character that “despite many attempts, cannot return to his original state”, a bit like the very topic of this display.

As for the Palais de Tokyo exhibition, HUMPTY, it is the first chapter of the project. It gathers an exclusive selection of works by the artist and guests. The idea? Shining a light on “relationship between the body and architecture, abandoned territories, war and invasive species” through “a portrait of our relations to collapse and to reconstruction”.

As for the Lafayette Anticipations exhibition, DUMPTY, Cyprien Gaillard brings a monumental sculpture to life, set in the city since 1979 in the Horloge area. An automatoncum-timepiece consisting in a man atop a rock, armed with a sword and a shield and the artist tries to bring back to life by recreating his movements of its permanent battle against time.

Two exhibitions working together and to see for a complete overview. Shall we go, then, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 October 2022 to 8 January 2023



    13, avenue du président Wilson
    75116 Paris 16

    Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna" ou Alma-Marceau"

    Tarif réduit (Palais de Tokyo): €9
    Plein tarif (Palais de Tokyo): €12

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