Elmgreen & Dragset on Place Vendôme, Architectures on Place de la Concorde
October 18–21, 2018
Vernissage: October 17, at the Grand Palais
The 45th edition of FIAC will be held in Paris from October 18 to 21, 2018 and will host 193 galleries in the nave and exhibition rooms of the Grand Palais. The vernissage will take place on Wednesday, October 17.
Since its creation in 2006, FIAC Hors les Murs creates an unrivalled artistic programme accessible to all, while offering artists and their galleries a unique opportunity to enter into dialogue with the Parisian heritage sites.
Place Vendôme: carte blanche to Elmgreen & Dragset
Each year, FIAC Hors les Murs gives carte blanche to an artist to install a major artwork or to imagine a specific project for the Place Vendôme, which provides both powerful inspiration and an exceptional framework for contemporary creation. Like a jewellery box set in stone, the Place Vendôme exemplifies creation, excellence and savoir-faire and has showcased, over the years, works by Jaume Plensa, Tadashi Kawamata, Paul McCarthy, Dan Graham, Ugo Rondinone and Oscar Tuazon.
In collaboration with Perrotin, this prestigious Parisian square will be metamorphosized by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.
To Whom It May Concern, 2018
For Place Vendôme, Elmgreen & Dragset will install 100 red starfish scattered around the square. In contrast to traditional monumental public sculptures, the work adopts the horizontality of minimal land art and subtly takes over the plaza like a swarm of friendly intruders.
According to legend, starfish have been considered reflections of the stars in the sky on the ocean floor. Even though these creatures do not have brains, they can move and sense the world around them through instincts and reflexes. But these mysterious and magical creatures have over the last decades become threatened due to environmental pollution.
It is as if rising water has engulfed the very center of Paris, leaving red starfish spread around the square in its wake—a nod to the Paris Climate Agreement and its challenges. The 100 red starfish remind us not only of the urgency of change today, but they also, through their ability to regenerate and survive even radical amputations, symbolize hope for regrowth and new living modes.
In conjunction with FIAC, Perrotin Paris presents a solo exhibition of Elmgreen & Dragset from October 13 to December 22, 2018. The installation To Whom It May Concern has been acquired ahead of its presentation by Dragonfly Collection, it will then go to the Domaine des Etangs in Massignac, in the Charentes region.
FIAC Hors les Murs on the Place Vendôme receives the support of Mirabaud, Financial and Banking Group founded in Geneva in 1819.
Place de la Concorde: an ephemeral village of exceptional architectural projects
In an unprecedented development of the Hors les Murs promenade in the Jardin des Tuileries, FIAC inaugurates an ephemeral village of architectural projects on the most iconic of all Parisian squares, the Place de la Concorde. This will be the first presentation, on this scale, of modular or nomad architectures in the public space in Paris.
Exceptional installations will be presented, forming an ensemble of historic and contemporary architecture and artists’ houses. This outstanding introduction to ephemeral architecture, nomadic habitats, and utopian living spaces includes emblematic architectures by Jean Prouvé, together with installations by Kengo Kuma or Daan Roosegaarde, among others.