08.20.2018

A New space for Art in the Marais

A museum and a workshop for creating and commissioning works of art, Lafayette Anticipations anticipates the future in a space designed by Rem Koolhaas

  • A New space for Art in the Marais
  • A New space for Art in the Marais
  • A New space for Art in the Marais

The Lafayette Anticipationsfoundation already declares its pioneering and avant-garde vocationthrough its own name. In this historic Marais building, art is not just  exhibited, selected and collected, but also created, by rediscovering the crucial role of art patrons and granting artists the freedom to imagine, giving them space and time exactly for this purpose. 
“This is a place born to constantly support artists and their own projects”, says President Guillaume Hauzé, “with the idea that only creation can grasp the sense of an era and its uniqueness, and therefore bring us daily towards new horizona”.
 
Lafayette Anticipations opened on March 10, 2018 and is set to be the new Parisian landmark for lovers of contemporary art, design and fashion. The collective character of the project involves artists, patrons, curators and the public in a constant exchange where ideas meet to understand and drive the evolution of art.
 
The space is crucial because this 1891 building in 9, Rue du Plâtre, formerly a warehouse and a school, is also meant to become the place where most of the exhibited works of art are created:  the renovation and regeneration project has been entrusted to Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA design studio. The Foundation is house inside the U-shaped structure of the ancient building, renovated strictly respecting volumes and aesthetics, with the addition of an exhibition tower. The result is an exhibition space of 875 square meters out of a total of 2,200, including workshops, cafés and shops.
 
Until September 9th, Lafayette Anticipations will host the collective exhibition The centre cannot hold, featuring previously unseen works by a selected group of artists mostly created inside the Foundation's headquarters. Curated by François Quintin, the exhibition owes its name to English poet W.B. Yeats and it tackles the current reinforcement of cultural, social, and political categorizations, hinting at the necessity of producing more subtle and less dichotomous methods to address them. 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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