“The City, Faraway” at Frac Centre

In April 2016, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire inaugurates its new artistic and cultural project with the exhibition “The City, Faraway”, an exhibition conceived like a narrative in four acts, in Orléans, Rouen, Montpellier and Marseille.

 

Stazione spaziale - Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Stazione spaziale – Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

The exhibition proposes a plunge into the seething life of the city, trying to capture both the intimacy of a street corner and the vastness of cityscapes. Now that the Earth has become a set of urban localities, how are local systems installed, how do hopes about what is far away resist and persist? The path of this show is situated in the interstice.


 

Practical information

“The city, Faraway”
April 1 – September 18, 2016
Frac Centre
88 Rue du Colombier,
45000 Orléans,
France

 


“The city moves away”, Jean-Luc Nancy tells us, “It has now moved away to a distance which tends to cover the whole territory”.

 

One Square Meter House, 2003. Didier Faustino © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

One Square Meter House, 2003. Didier Faustino © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

The principle behind the exhibition is based on selecting a work from each of the collections of the 22 other Fracs, in dialogue with the collection of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire and the works of invited artists. In this way the Frac is carrying on its tradition of a place of  “disciplinary migrations”  for art and architecture.

 

Prototype de cellule polyvalente, 1964. Chanéac © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Prototype de cellule polyvalente, 1964. Chanéac © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

La tenda rossa, Franco Raggi © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

La tenda rossa, Franco Raggi © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

The public is greeted by Franco Raggi’s Tenda Rossa. Like the collection as a whole, this work introduces the exhibition in the form of creative wandering, overlapping as much with painting as with sculpture and architecture.
The visitor, as spectator and actor, walks through the exhibition the way he strolls in the city. The specific position of the individual is at the core of Gianni Pettena’s work Paper/Midwestern Ocean. The artist fills a room with strips of paper which the public cuts in order to make room for itself. The spectator becomes part and parcel of the work.

 

Cité spirituelle, 1962. Pierre Székely © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Cité spirituelle, 1962. Pierre Székely © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Struttura urbana a sviluppo verticale, 1968. Aldo Loris Rossi © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Struttura urbana a sviluppo verticale, 1968. Aldo Loris Rossi © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

A little further on, Eko’Polis, an imaginary city devised by the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh plunges the spectator into a captivating acoustic world. “The City, Faraway” ends with a fable, Medium total, by Günther Domenig and Eilfried Huth, a tale which imagines an architecture that has become a mutant biological organism. In this way, through eighty works by artists and architects, the exhibition is a chance for an urban walk both near and far. We come upon a Tower of Babel (Anthony Freestone), a telephone booth (Slimane Raïs), and a skyline of towers.

 

Sans titre, 1963. Martin Pinchis © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Sans titre, 1963. Martin Pinchis © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

La ville du Globe captif, 1972. OMA © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

La ville du Globe captif, 1972. OMA © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Dark City, 2002. Karina Bisch © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Dark City, 2002. Karina Bisch © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

“The City, Faraway” is conceived like a narrative in four acts, in Orléans, Rouen, Montpellier and Marseille. For the Month of Contemporary Architecture, the exhibition is set up in the Maison de l’architecture de Normandie. Under the title “Limits of Infinity”, this exhibition offers a reading of 20th century utopias based on three concepts: the instant, the infinite, and the limit.

 

Metafore, ... O vuoi guardare la valle?, 1973. Ettore Sottsass Jr. © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Metafore, … O vuoi guardare la valle?, 1973. Ettore Sottsass Jr. © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Per Oggi Basta! .Ugo La Pietra © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Per Oggi Basta! .Ugo La Pietra © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Urban Times #5, 1991. Leonel Moura © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Urban Times #5, 1991. Leonel Moura © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

At the Frac PACA, a selection of video works from the collection of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire presents “Urban Crossings”. At the Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, a monographic show is presenting the work of Superstudio, one of the major groups in radical Italian architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. Between the four venues of this narrative, and between the voids separating the city faraway, the spectator and user unravels the reality of fiction and comes up with a narrative, his/her narrative, that of art and architecture.

 

Medium Total, 2002. Günther Domening et Eilfried Huth © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Medium Total, 2002. Günther Domening et Eilfried Huth © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

La ville au loin © Frac Centre. Photo: Blaise Adilon

La ville au loin © Frac Centre. Photo: Blaise Adilon

La ville au loin © Frac Centre. Photo: Blaise Adilon

La ville au loin © Frac Centre. Photo: Blaise Adilon


 

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