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PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS

PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS

PALAIS DE TOKYO REOPENS

iconic Parisian gallery's rough-and-ready renovation...

 

Perfect it is not – the expansive riverside building carries all the aura of an atmospheric Berlin warehouse. Edgy, occasionally eerie – but utterly brimming with creativity...

 

After a 10 month, €20 million renovation, most venues would expect a little pizazz – the gloss and glamour of shiny steel, glass and architectural wonder. Paris’ Palais de Tokyo is not most venues. “Nothing is perfectly clean, nothing is perfectly painted on purpose. It is so important in art not to control everything. It’s all in favour of creativity” explains Jean de Loisy, its president – who was appointed last summer. And perfect it is not – the expansive riverside building carries all the aura of an atmospheric Berlin warehouse. Edgy, occasionally eerie – but utterly brimming with creativity.

Peter Buggenhout’s The Blind Leading the Blind is an elegantly dishevelled mass of industrial bits and pieces, looming sinisterly over a vast hallway – you’re not sure whether it’s an artwork or the remnants of an explosion. It’s dark, and haunting, and oh so compelling. Whilst Christian Marclay’s windows of comic-book onomatopoeia and Ulla von Brandenburg’s Death of a King bring colour and energy to the space that’s – quite amazingly – risen from 8,000 sq m to an unbelievable 22,000 sq m; thanks to architects Lacaton & Vassal‘s expansion.

Via: http://www.weheart.co.uk/2012/04/23/palais-de-tokyo-reopens/



Carlos Flores

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