Festival de l’incertitude


Film, installation, mixed media

Festival de l’incertitude

Past: October 4 → December 18, 2016

A project developed by the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale

Exhibitions, open workshops, conferences, films, spaces for encounters: a series of events are organised to reflect upon the importance of uncertainty, the unknown and the role of utopia in our culture, in order to mark the 500 years since the publication of Thomas More’s ground-breaking book.


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© Pierre Leguillon, Courtesy of the artist

In the exhibition, uncertainty will initially be considered through Fernando Pessoa’s private library which will be on display, alongside works by Fernando Calhau, Dora Garcia, João Onofre and a new installation by Pierre Leguillon specifically about this library.

A second part will question utopia, uncertainty as a motor for critical community-driven resistance, dissatisfaction with the present state of affairs and passion for the possible. Artworks and documents from different places and eras will enable the following interrogations: Is a culture without utopias possible? What is the relation between art, utopia and politics? In fact isn’t utopos amongst us rather than relegated to some distant land? Don’t utopias become dystopias ? Are they paradise lost or to come?



I. On uncertainty 4 October — 6 Novembre

Fernando Pessoa’s private library Pierre Leguillon, after Fernando Pessoa’s library Works by Fernando Calhau, Dora Garcia and João Onofre

II. On possibility 17 November — 18 December

Lara Almarcegui, Joseph Beuys, Robert Bresson, Dora Garcia, Douglas Gordon, Bas Jan Ader, Sister Corita Kent, Thomas More, Constant, Arthur Rimbaud, Nuno Sousa Vieira, Totoya Hokkei.




  • 7 octobre : Richard Zenith
  • 12 octobre : Nicolas Giraud
  • 14 octobre : Oulimata Gueye
  • 20 octobre : Maria João Mayer Branco
  • 21 octobre : Claire Nancy
  • 26 octobre : Franck Leibovici
  • 2 novembre : Michel Menu
  • 9 novembre : Federico Nicolao
  • 30 novembre : Tim Ingold
  • 2 decembre : Cédric Villani
  • 6 decembre : Marc Fleurbaey
  • 8 decembre : Mathieu Copeland
  • 9 decembre : Alain Touraine

Promenade Paris Utopique
December 10 with Joaquim Moreno



At the Cité internationale des arts, 18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris


3 novembre 2016 — 18h30
Filme do Desassossego, João Botelho

8 novembre 2016 — 18h30
La Terre, Alexandre Dovjenko La Nature de l’homme, Sylvain Ferrari

17 novembre 2016 — 18h30
Les bâtisseurs, Jean Epstein O Nosso Homem, Pedro Costa The City, Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke

29 novembre 2016 — 18h30
Here is Always Somewhere Else, Rene Daalder We Have No Art, Baylis Glascock When Faith Moves Mountains, Francis Alÿs

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39, boulevard de La Tour-Maubourg

75007 Paris

T. 0153859393

Official website

La Tour – Maubourg

Opening hours

Monday, 9 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday – Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM – 6 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Douglas Gordon
  • Pierre Leguillon
  • Dora Garcia
  • Lara Almarcegui
  • João Onofre
  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Nuno Sousa Vieira
  • Fernando Calhau
  • Robert Bresson
  • Joseph Beuys & Caroline Tisdall
And 5 others…