Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir — Jiri Kovanda


Installation, painting, performance, mixed media...

Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir
Jiri Kovanda

Past: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6 PM → 8 PM

In the performance XXX, With a man’s hand poked through a hole in the wall, he is offering bonbons to visitors (2013-2013), Jiri Kovanda is directly addressing visitors to the exhibition, committing himself physically even as he remains out of sight. The visitor who takes the candy then becomes partially implicated in a something invisible to the rest of the public: no one will see him perform the childish, private act of swallowing the candy. And when the visitor accepts the offering, the artist’s outstretched hand is left empty, as if begging. This duality seems a metaphor of a transaction between the artist and his audience: a touch of sweetness in return for the first step towards a one-to-one exchange.

93 Seine-St-Denis Zoom in 93 Seine-St-Denis Zoom out

1 rue Jean-Jaurès

93130 Noisy-le-Sec

T. 01 49 42 67 17

Official website

Opening hours

Wednesday – Saturday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Saturday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Fermeture les jours fériés

Admission fee

Free entrance

Entrée libre

Venue schedule

The artists

  • Jiri Kovanda
  • Thomas Hirschhorn
  • Florence Doléac
  • Benjamin Swaim
  • John Smith
  • Anna Principaud
  • Laura Lamiel
  • Lola Gonzàlez
  • Ruth Buchanan & Andreas Müller
  • Guillaume Désanges