Ouverture de la Villa Vassilieff — Exposition inaugurale Groupe Mobile


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Ouverture de la Villa Vassilieff
Exposition inaugurale Groupe Mobile

Past: February 13 → July 2, 2016

Villa Vassilieff will open its doors with an exhibition entitled Groupe Mobile, gathering some sixty international artists and researchers. From February 13 to 14 during the opening weekend and from 16 February 2016.

Villa Vassilieff, a cultural establishment owned by the City of Paris, is located in the heart of Montparnasse, on the site of Marie Vassilieff’s former studio, which until 2013 housed the Musée du Montparnasse. It is run by Bétonsalon — Center for art and research, which is thus opening its second site of activities. Villa Vassilieff is con­ceived as a place for working and living, where to stimulate the blos­soming of ideas, encoun­ters and the sharing of knowl­edge.

Villa Vassilieff has witnessed over a century of history and represents an outstanding cultural heritage. Today, Villa Vassilieff intends to reconnect with this history by inviting artists and researchers to look at past and present resources of Montparnasse from a contemporary perspective. Through exhibitions, seminars, workshops, projections and encounters of all kinds, the Villa strives to shake up art’s place in society in particular by questioning the role and uses of heritage.

Pernod Ricard, its leading sponsor, has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a grant aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year in the Villa’s studio.


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Vue de l’exposition « Groupe Mobile », Villa Vassilieff, Paris, 2016 Photo © Aurélien Mole

Exhibition Groupe Mobile

A former carpenter who learned about photography after being harmed during the First World War, Marc Vaux carried his photographic chamber around the artists studios of Montparnasse and Paris from the 1920s to the 1970s, producing more than 250 000 glass plates. Groupe Mobile, Villa Vassilieff’s inaugural project, takes our exploration of the Marc Vaux funds, conserved at the Centre Pompidou, as a starting point to re-examine — in dialogue with contemporary artists and associate researchers — these photographs, their context of production and the historical narratives attached to them.

Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup & Virginie Bobin — With the com­­pli­city of MNAM CCI — Centre Pompidou

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Vue de l’exposition « Groupe Mobile », Villa Vassilieff, Paris, 2016 Photo © Aurélien Mole

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21, avenue du Maine

75015 Paris

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Montparnasse – Bienvenüe

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Admission fee

Free entrance

The artists

  • Zarina Hashmi
  • Emmanuelle Lainé
  • Alberto Giacometti
  • Edward Ruscha
  • Jochen Dehn
  • Max Ernst
  • Man Ray
  • Constantin Brancusi
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Sonia Khurana
And 53 others…