FIAC, the event giving pride of place to contemporary art is back at the Grand Palais for the connoisseurs and the buyers, sure, but it’s also settled for free outside the walls, in Paris for everyone’s greatest joy. For an atypical week, let’s go to the Jardin des Tuileries to discover the monumental works set especially for FIAC 2018.
At the Jardin des Tuileries and the Place de la Concorde, 25 skilled artists, artists renown for their works, are displayed so that the public, passersby or art enthusiasts can stroll in the alleys of the royal garden, promoting architecture.
We find works by Gilles Barbier, Robert Indiana, François-Xavier Lalanne and Frana West et Kohei Nawa (the artist already exhibiting his Throne under the Louvre Pyramid). Set in the alleys of the Jardin des Tuileries, these works will enlighten your Fall strolls.
On the menu of this stroll, architectural elements on the Place de la Concorde:
Jean Maneval, Maison Bulle 6 Coques, 1968
Reinforced polyester shell, methacrylate polyurethane foam insulation
3 × 12.5 × 2.30m each case
This prototype of this bubble house was first presented in 1956 at the Salon des Arts Ménagers. The latter will be industrialized from 1968 in a holiday village in the Hautes-Pyrénées… Actually, the house is not very reassuring, we feel like trapped in a cathode-ray tube screen.
Jean Prouvé, Ecole Provisoire de Villejuif, 1957
wood, glass, metal
351 × 1070 × 930 cm
Today, it’s crazy to think that this space had been a classroom commissioned by the city of Villejuif. This space has been designed in a few weeks by Jean Prouvé, one of the most talented architectural designers for emergency, ephemeral structures!
Jean Prouvé, Structrure Préfabriquée pour L’Institut Fénélon de Clermont-Ferrand, 1958
Wood, glass, metal
3 × 19.2 × 6.94 m
Still by Jean Prouvé, this classroom dedicated to music, commissioned by L’Institut Fénélon in Clermont-Ferrand. Created with prefabricated elements, the building is built in a very short period of time but also to last in time.
Kengo Kuma, Owan, 2016
Inox, ETFE, magnets, solid larch wood
400 × 1100 × 500 cm
Owan, Kengo Kuma’s creation made of inox, magnets and wood, looks very much like an over-sized candy wrap eve, though the artist never gave any defined representation to his work.
Claude Parent, Les Ilots, 2010
steel and aluminium
150 × 180 × 230 cm
130 × 130 × 265 cm
210 × 150 × 300 cm
For over 50 years, Claude Parent led researches about the oblique: he wanted to disturb the area with unfrozen spaces in a precarious equilibrium. Here’s a proof of it with his oversized outdoor deckchairs!
And in the Jardin des Tuileries:
Kohei Nawa, Ether#34 / Ether#35, 2018
Aluminum and paint
418 x 44,5 x 44,5 cm each
Kohei Nawa’s work represents highly slimy liquids in 3D but in a solid state. He tried to capture the moment they flow downwards… Intoxicating!
Isabelle Cornaro, God Box (Columns), 2014
Painted steel, elastomer
274 x 66 x 66 cm each
For FIAC 2018, Isabelle Cornaro presents God Box (Columns) is a series of three monoliths based on various objects united by their molding. Even though they include modern objects, the monolithic columns seem to come from another era because of their oxidization.
Mia Marfurt, Acqua Felice, 2018
Artificial food casing, aluminum clips, water gelatine and Epson ink
At the Jardin des Tuileries, Mia Marfurt sets several colored liquid tubes intertwined to create crosses of various sizes. One-of-a-kind anecdote, the tubes are made of artificial food casing used for Switzerland’s biggest sausage. Enjoy!
Franz West, Dorit, 2002
600 x 150 x 150 cm
While Franz West is the subject of a compelling retrospective at Centre Pompidou, the Jardin des Tuileries presents his DORIT, one of the artist’s most emblematic and impressive pieces.
Alexander Calder, Janey Waney, 1969
772 x 762 cm
Collectors Leslee and David Rogath present Alexander Calder’s work Janey Waney, a piece combining his famous Stabiles and Mobiles and made thanks to Jane Holzer an American top model from the 1960’s who suggested this combination.
Tere Recarens, FAIRE L’AVENTURE, 2009-2018
Fabric, rope and clothes pegs
290 x 410 cm ; 140 x 440 cm ; 370 x 565 cm
The installation FAIRE L’AVENTURE by Tere Recarens is made of three sails made of fabrics salvaged from Malian weavers. With this work, an old boat that sailed the Mediterranean departing from Catalonia.
Alicja Kwade, Revolution (Gravitas), 2018
Stainless steel, boulders
117 x 230 x 225 cm
Revolution (Gravitas) is a work questioning gravity, reminding us of the solar system with the planets gravitating around the Sun. here, Alicia Kwade wishes to raise awareness about asteroids gravitating around the Earth involving a possible collision.
Olivier Mosset, Untitled (3 bikes), 2018
Custom Harley Davidson motorcycles
For decades, Olivier Mosset’s passion for motorcycles has remained a personal business, but for some times, the artist reveals his vehicles in installations close to readymade.
François-Xavier Lalanne, Le Très Grand Ours, 1994-2015
300 x 150 x 150 cm
With the presentation of the monumental sculpture Le Très Grand Ours, FIAC commemorates the anniversary of François-Xavier Lalanne’s death (1937-2008). The artist had a very recognizable style often using a mischievous bestiary.
Richard Long, Blue Sky Circle, 2002
White marble, pink granite
640 cm ø
At the beginning, Richard Long made this circle of stones for the monographic exhibition at the Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea in 2002. At the time, he explained: “I like the fact that every stone is different, one from another, in the same way all fingerprints, or snowflakes (or places) are unique, so no two circles can be alike”
Wang Zhan, Jiashanshi No. 106, 2006
442 x 350 x 180 cm
Wang Zhan’s Jiashanshi works show the heritage of the rocks in our cities, an old Chinese practice consisting of creating rubbings of stone slabs, as a form of memorialization.
Gilles Barbier, L’oeuvre boîte, 2018
87 x 190 x 50 cm each
Gilles Barbier sets three shark fin at the Jardin des Tuileries… When looking closer, these shark fins are can openers!
Robert Indiana, ART (Blue Red), 1972-2001
183 x 189 x 91 cm
ART is one of Robert Indiana’s iconic works. Emblematic of his style made of language, hard lines and pure colors, ART strikes with its realization: three letters perfectly fitting to create a word.
Vladimir Skoda, Sphère de Ciel – Ciel de Sphères, 2004-2018
280 cm ø ; 210 cm ø ; 160 cm ø
With his Sphère de Ciel – Ciel de Sphères, Vladimir Skoda dialogs with André Le Nôtre’s classicism. Here, he offers a geometrically perfect work because it shows the size of the three spheres proportionate the value of the sides of a right-angled triangle.
Thomas Schütte, Mann im Wind, Nr.2, 2018
350 × 240 cm
Mann im wind is a timeless and allegoric representation of the man frozen in the ambivalence of his human condition, stuck between the power relationships and the subjection of the people.
Henk Visch, Du livre du matin, 2018
220 x 120 x 140 cm
The man immortalized by Henk Visch is scary, a war victim, but the artist explains: “A survival instinct guides his behavior, or rather, his thoughts, an awareness that the drama of existence in which he plays an important role, as a human among his equals, might crush him at any moment. Does he fight to save himself? Not necessarily, he exists and the world is at war.”
Keiji Uematsu, Floating Vertical, 1993
Copper, iron, stone
250 x 82 x 62 cm
Keiji Uematsu was born in Japan but lives in Germany. With his sculpture, Keiji Uemastu wishes us to focus on the natural forces of gravity, tension and material attraction that support his practice.
Pablo Reinoso, Le Cercle, 2018
600 x 1200 cm
For the Jardin des Tuileries octagonal pool, Pablo Reinoso created a singular installation like props that would block the water.
Michele Spanghero, Dià, 2016
Varnished fiberglass and iron
187 × 85 × 289 cm
Put an ear in the sculpture Dià (from Greek διά “through”) by Michele Spanghero. You can then listen and observe the surrounding landscape.
Chistodoulos, Panayiotou, Untitled, 2018
160 × 48 × 45 cm each
For FIAC at the Jardin des Tuileries, Chistodoulos Panayiotou sets 3 benches on which he leaves written indications about the weight, the origin, the quality and the destination. The artist explains art and pays tribute to the workers required to transform these materials into works of art.
Juliaan Andeweg, Charlotte playing Idris as Lebron James, 2016-2018
LeBron XI Elite shoes Ice Blue/Gold 642846-200
Size 41, Copper, epoxy glue
Juliaan Andeweg had fun customizing Lebron James XI Elite Ice Blue/Gold 642846-200 sport shoes with artificial crystals.
For FIAC 2018 a service of cultural mediation will be provided by students from the Ecole du Louvre, every day from October 15 to 21, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will present us the 21 works of the Hors les Murs tour at the Jardin des Tuileries.
From 13 October 2018 to 16 November 2018
Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris 1
Horaires : 7h30-19h30