De toi à la surface


Ceramic, installation, photography, sculpture...

De toi à la surface

Past: January 21 → April 10, 2016

The prop master places the objects essential to the story on the set where it will unfold, but must the story necessarily be told? Props aim at making up an environment and at creating the conditions for the action, in the absence of any actor. Thus both a scene and a narration are established, based on elements placed one after another, one on top of each other, one behind the other. In any case, the boundaries between these categories become porous as soon as the accessories replace the actors.

The way we understand this story depends on our capacity to interpret the accessories as we would pieces of evidence or items from a collection. One could call this « l’esprit de l’étagère » (the shelf wit) — unlike l’esprit de l’escalier (the staircase wit), one does not think of a reply too late but instead finds personal qualities in objects that are physically devoid of them.

In short, the spiritual complement that we give objects belongs to us alone. Thus we are used to objects fulfilling functions other than what their original design intended — it is this observation that brought the artists of this exhibition together. They all present objects that are easily recognisable for what they are, and which also evoke a narration or feelings. The importance lies in the ‘and’, in the overlapping. This is where an entirely new relationship is built, where our emotions give objects their evocative power. These works can be seen as just so many moments in which our feelings harmonise with our environment in a way that is both irrational and unexpected.

  • Opening Wednesday, January 20 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Plateau-Apéro — Nocturne jusqu’à 21h Visit Wednesday, February 3 7 PM → 9 PM

    Late opening until 9pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Conversations de plateau Meeting Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 PM

    Special guests unveil their vision of the exhibition.
    With : Jean-Philippe Antoine, Géraldine Gourbe and Benjamin Seror.

  • Plateau-Apéro — Nocturne jusqu’à 21h Visit Wednesday, March 2 7 PM → 9 PM

    Late opening until 9pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Visite commissaire — Avec François Aubart Visit Sunday, March 27 at 5:30 PM
  • Plateau-Apéro — Nocturne jusqu’à 21h Visit Wednesday, April 6 7 PM → 9 PM

    Late opening until 9pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

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22 rue des Alouettes

75019 Paris

T. 01 76 21 13 41


Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Late night and drinks : 1st Wednesday of each month (except opening dates) until 9pm

Admission fee

Free entrance

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Venue schedule

The artists

  • Christian Boltanski
  • James Welling
  • Simon Dybbroe Møller
  • Jean Pascal Flavien
  • Camille Blatrix
  • Barbara Bloom
  • Shelly Nadashi
  • Judith Hopf
  • Karl Larsson
  • Anouchka Oler

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