Hôtel du Pavot 2


Collage, design, installation, painting...

Hôtel du Pavot 2

Past: September 30, 2017 → February 4, 2018

Exhibition curator : Xavier Franceschi

With : Vito Acconci, Julien Bismuth, Pierre Bismuth, Michel Blazy, Sophie Calle, Isabelle Cornaro, Keren Cytter, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Aurélien Froment, Diego Giacometti, Daan van Golden, Robert Cumming, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Ernest T., John Hilliard, Pierre Huyghe, Wendy Jacob, On Kawara, Udo Koch, Joachim Koester, Suzanne Lafont, Jonathan Martin , Bernard Piffaretti, Bill Owens, Florence Paradeis, Bruno Peinado, Markus Raetz, Loïc Raguenes, Oscar Santillan, Cindy Sherman.

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Joachim Koester, Gordon Matta-Clark, Fake Estates, Jamaica Curb, de la série Histoires, 2003 — 2005 Collection du Frac Bretagne © Joachim Koester. Photo Courtesy Galerie Nicolai Wallner

Hôtel du Pavot 2 explores the many facets of duplication — and, by extension, repetition, reflection and replay — through a series of works drawing largely on the collection of the frac île-de-france and complemented by loans from other Fracs.

A genuine echo — or ‘Season 2’, if you will — of the exhibition Hôtel du Pavot…, presented in the castle from March to July this year, Hôtel du Pavot 2 is based on the same scenographic principle, namely, a succession of spaces conceived as hotel rooms. This time, visitors are invited to walk through the rooms, which accommodate a string of artworks designed to convey an uncanny feeling of déjà vu. Indeed, each work in this exhibition thrives on the play with duplication and copy.

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Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Seeking comfort in an uncomfortable world bis, 2013 © Koenraad Dedobbeleer

Diptychs (John Hilliard, Robert Cumming, Sophie Calle), the concept of reproducibility (Michel Blazy, Julien Bismuth), reference and identity (Cindy Sherman), the vertigo of duplication, remaking (Pierre Huyghe) or reinterpreting an existing work (Florence Paradeis) — a wealth of formal devices is employed to undermine the idea that the main defining characteristic of the work of art is its uniqueness.

From Chambre 202, a work by Dorothea Tanning presented in the exhibition Hôtel du Pavot… and whose preserved “remains” now provide Aurélien Froment with an opportunity to play his very own version of a memory game, or the double room devised by Keren Cytter, which seems to feature the same film twice, to the works by the fake Douanier Rousseau/real Ernest T., Joachim Koester’s update process, Rodney Graham’s polyptychs, Markus Raetz’s mirror games and Bernard Piffaretti’s systemic duplications, Hôtel du Pavot 2 offers a thoroughly unsettling experience — not unlike being drunk — where everything one sees appears twice.

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Vito Acconci, Adjustable Wall Bra, 1990 — 1991 Collection du Frac Nord-Pas de Calais © Adagp, Paris 2017. Photo Emmanuel Watteau

But as Malcolm Lowry’s famous inebriated hero in Under the Volcano suggests, seeing things double might well mean seeing them more intensely.


frac île-de-france, le château Parc culturel de Rentilly — Michel Chartier Domaine de Rentilly 1 rue de l’Etang 77600 Bussy-Saint-Martin fraciledefrance.com / parcculturelrentilly.fr

Free entrance Wed. & Sat. 14h30- 17h30 Sun. 10h30 — 13h, 14h30 — 17h30

Free shuttle for the opening, leaving from Place du Châtelet at 2pm Booking mandatory: reservation@fraciledefrance.com

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Loïc Raguénès, Vert et violet, 2003 Collection du Frac Languedoc-Roussillon © Loïc Raguénès


  • Opening Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3 PM
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