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Le Plateau / Frac Île-de-France

Past: February 14, 2013 → February 14, 2014


The Plateau / Frac Île-de-France is developing several experimental projects in which the production and distribution of the collection are being combined in offerings made directly to the public throughout Île-de-France. Abitacollection is a roaming exhibition conceived by Xavier Franceschi, director, with Élodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel, guest curators for the 2011-1012 season. Taking place in an inflatable bubble that architect Hans-Walter Müller produced especially for the occasion, this project illustrates the position of an art venue that places itself resolutely at the crossroads.

Since 2010, the Plateau devises each year a new project of a migrant exhibition, for a closeness audience.

The FRAC Ile-de-France collection is setting off again on the region’s roads inside a new moveable structure. For Abitacollection, the Plateau / FRAC Ile-de-France has invited Hans-Walter Müller, a pioneer since the 1960s of “architecture in motion”, to come up with one of his famous inflatable volumes to accommodate an exhibition of works from the collection. The event took place over several days in different communes of the Département of Seine-Saint-Denis. The project has been devised by Xavier Franceschi in collaboration with Élodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel, associate curators at the FRAC Ile-de-France/Le Plateau for 2011-2013, based on the collection of the FRAC Ile-de-France and that of the Département of Seine-Saint-Denis.

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Abitacollection, Hans-Walter Müller, 2012
 À Villepinte et Romainville, octobre 2012 
© Julien Crépieux

What Abitacollection involves is the presentation of contemporary works in a non-institutional context. The Plateau has made a wager for this exhibition in an inflatable module : creating favourable conditions for friendly and passionate discussions and exchanges with visitors around the works on view.

The travelling show Abitacollection is thus taking as its point of departure an inflatable module, at once nomadic and ephemeral, made by Hans-Walter Müller, representing both an artwork and a space to experience. The works thus reflect the interest of artists of different nationalities and generations in questions connected with architecture and design, and, more generally, with the fact of living in and using a space, be it public or private, real or fantasy. They offer us a line of thinking about our immediate environment and our patterns of behaviour as users, and they play with a discrepancy between use and representation, function and decor, in a circuit seen as an “inhabitable landscape”, to use Hans-Walter Müller’s expression.


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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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