The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work.
October 13, 2017 – April 01, 2018
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
His architecture is an architecture that trusts, values the workforce, focuses on residents, is cost-efficient, remains open-minded, defuses conflict, and overcomes the obstacles of “professional hindrances” for the sole pleasure of making.
The number of biennales and triennials around the world are on the rise. Each of them is trying to become the new synthesis of the international cultural scene, or looking to respond to an imposed theme such as architecture or urbanism. The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is a « biennale de collection » constructed as a confluence of memory: accrued memories – works of the collection – and future memories – those of the invited architects and artists.
The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, heir to the ArchiLab, is an intersecting vision from over forty contemporary architects working on building a shared world, a world of proximities. The intent is to question these architects, to ask them to tell us how they envision walking in our dreams and fears. Each of the different works from the architects is a dialogue; sometimes with the past, other times as a confrontation with the present. The future considered as a dream, one we will have to share and experience together. This rhizome of dialogs and the tensions between them forms the circuit for the Biennale, which spreads out to various venues throughout the city (Médiathèque d’Orléans, les Turbulences, the Collégiale Saint-Pierre Le Puellier, Vinaigreries Dessaux, Théâtre d’Orléans, and rue Jeanne D’Arc). And expands to the greater Region via: les Tanneries (Centre d’art contemporain) in Amilly, Galerie la Box-ENSA in Bourges, and Transpalette (Centre d’art contemporain) in Bourges. The hustle and bustle of the city – streets, walls, noise, and odours – all become a crucial part of the overall narrative.
The ensuing discussion between “the established and the modern”, between reality and fiction is articulated by three key figures: Guy Rottier, Demas Nwoko and Patrick Bouchain. We have given Guy Rottier’s a monographic exhibition as an opportunity to activate the absurd, radical, transgression, along with the subversive tenderness found in the architect’s work as a driving force for architectural and urbanistic innovation.
Patrick Bouchain, is our guest of honour. Following the donation of his entire archive to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire we are pleased to present his premier retrospective. The Biennale will become a space to discover and interact with his work in addition to creating an environment of dialogue and exchange: Visitors will be welcomed by a “High space for hospitality” designed by Patrick Bouchain and the collective PEROU. There, they will find an “Abri de l’écrit” to write a history of architecture with the architect and sociologist Jean-Pierre Frey, as well as a “people’s university”, an island for children, and a “public space”.
The Biennial expands throughout multiple territories, both the city and the broader region, all while exploring the dreams and diversity of its architects and artists. Like an architectural structure, the Biennial becomes a ritornello device between fiction and reality.
In short, this inaugural edition of The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is underpinned by the hope that visitors will transform themselves into living pieces of the exhibited works as the wonder between the various spaces, and places transformed by the event.