“Allures” cycle of exhibitions at FRAC Centre Orleans

Allures (Aspects) proposes to explore a selection of works from the Frac Centre-Val de Loire Collection, among which some recent acquisitions (Passi, Superstudio, Cantafora), as well as works previously unseen or rarely shown at Turbulences (Niedermayr, Pettena, EZCT, Labdora, Andrault & Parat), their respective singularities help us to perceive how they might express the notion of urban and architectural ‘presence’.

 

EZCT Architecture & Design Research-Algorithmic Design for the Non Standard Architectures Exhibition Set, 2003-2004 © FRAC Centre

EZCT Architecture & Design Research-Algorithmic Design for the Non Standard Architectures Exhibition Set, 2003-2004 © FRAC Centre

 

Allures proposes a journey through the Galerie des Turbulences. Beyond their respective physiognomies, the exhibitions suggest porosities and echoes that enable the visitor’s eye to shape and project itself. This notion of ‘allure’ [aspects] relates to the notion of what is visible: it is ‘that which looks like’, that which is merely perceived. But it is also conditioned by movement and by speed and its rhythm. So the eye structures itself around a physical, sensitive, and cognitive process.

Through its various exhibitions, the cycle Allures encourages us to perceive a plural state as well as the state of the world. This is the case of the eponymous exhibition, which presents pieces both from the Frac Centre-Val de Loire Collection and by invited artists and architects in the Galerie des Turbulences.


 

Practical information

“Allures” cycle of exhibitions
 09/10/2015 to 21/02/2016
Les Turbulences – Frac Centre
88 rue du Colombier
entrance boulevard Rocheplatte
45000 Orléans

  

These urban and architectural ‘presences’ mirror the works of Nicolas Moulin, whose installation Steppterminal is presented in the Galerie des Fours à pain, like a memory of an ineffective modernity. These prototypes refer to the context of the Reconstruction in the Val de Loire, and more specifically in the city of Orléans. The exhibition ‘Reconstructions: Styles et standard’ in the Galerie Centrale presents this precursory moment, with the wealth of projection and conceptualisation that characterises the area*.

Together, the multiple physiognomies of the exhibitions provide an overview of the plural nature of these ‘aspects’. The exhibition is linked to the project for the itinerant cycle of exhibitions ‘La Reconstruction dans le Val de Loire, 1940-1953. Le Loiret, atelier de la ville de demain’ organised by the Maison de l’Architecture du Centre-Val de Loire and CAUE du Loiret.

 

Daniel Libeskind-Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © FRAC Centre

Daniel Libeskind-Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © FRAC Centre

Daniel Libeskind-Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © FRAC Centre

Daniel Libeskind-Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © FRAC Centre

 

ALLURES EXHIBITION

Allures (Aspects) proposes to explore a selection of works from the Frac Centre-Val de Loire Collection, among which some recent acquisitions (Passi, Superstudio, Cantafora), as well as works previously unseen or rarely shown at Turbulences (Niedermayr, Pettena, EZCT, Labdora, Andrault & Parat), their respective singularities help us to perceive how they might express the notion of urban and architectural ‘presence’.

Allures opens up to the field of visionary thought on unprecedented, significant, and liberated forms, through a selection of works that falls within the ‘implementation’ of striking figures of a promising discontinuity (Archizoom Associati, UFO, Superstudio).

 

Pierre Székely-Église du Carmel Saint-Saulve, 1963-1964 © FRAC Centre

Pierre Székely-Église du Carmel Saint-Saulve, 1963-1964 © FRAC Centre

James Casebere-Rendez-vous de Bellevue (After Lequeu), 1991 © FRAC Centre

James Casebere-Rendez-vous de Bellevue (After Lequeu), 1991 © FRAC Centre

Jan Kempenaers-Spomenik #8, 2007 © FRAC Centre

Jan Kempenaers-Spomenik #8, 2007 © FRAC Centre

 

Allures also opens up to the perception of a state that is both rediscovered and renewed, infused with history and replayed memories (Libeskind), manipulated (Casebere, Pettena) or remotivated (Ian+) reality, in the extended and prospective continuation of combined art practices (Di Teana). The loans acquired for Allures (Absalon, the ‘mathematical appearances of the elliptical function’ from the Laboratoire de Mathématique in Besançon, and the selection of exceptional images associated with the Vhkutemas movement) take on their full meaning here: they are as many types of links, of bridges, which, through the diversity of these presences, point to the shared goal of an attainable intelligibility.

Drafts, sketches, grids, histograms, typologies, plans, blueprints, templates, models, photographs or moving images… Whether they represent the reality of the hand’s gesture or the expression of a digital tool, the point is to envision these works in their seminal state of frailty, which could be compared to Roland Barthes’ notion of ‘trembling meaning’, and which shapes its forces and densities.

 

Exhibition cover photo © FRAC Centre

Exhibition cover photo © FRAC Centre

 

The presence of invited contemporary artists and architects (Farah Atassi, Eva Le Roi, Studio sNCDA, Office KGDVS, Vincent Lamouroux, Hayoun Kwon) blends in with exhibits from the Collection. Symmetries come into play, breaking through any containment attempts, questioning our methods of organising and defining knowledge, (re)cognition, and perception of what is tangible. Still, these heterogeneous worlds draw the outline of a manifest consistency of artistic production, whether it belongs to the field of art or of architecture.

 

DOGMA Stop City, 2007 © FRAC Centre

DOGMA Stop City, 2007 © FRAC Centre


 

Artists and architects from the Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection:

Andrault & Parat
Archizoom Associati
Louidgi Beltrame
Arduino Cantafora
James Casebere
Marino Di Teana
DOGMA
EZCT
Ludger Gerdes
Junya Ishigami
IaN+
Jan Kempenaers
Labdora (Peter Macapia)
Ugo La Pietra
Daniel Libeskind
Didier Marcel
Dario Passi
Gianni Pettena
Hugues Reip
R&Sie(n) (François Roche, Gilles Desèvedavy, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro)
SANAA / Walter Niedermayr
Pierre Székely
Superstudio
UFO (Lapo Binazzi)
Invited artists and architects:

Absalon
Farah Atassi
Hayoun Kwon
Vincent Lamouroux
Eva Le Roi
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Melik Ohanian
Studio SNCDA & no-office for architecture


 

News source: Eric Dégoutte, curator. FRAC Centre
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