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Yoann Gourmel, Katell Jaffrès, Vittoria Matarrese, Jean de Loisy, Daria de Beauvais, Hugo Vitrani, Adélaïde Blanc, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Claire Moulène, in front of Thomas Teurlai, Untitled (Archéologie du futur), 2018. Photo: Palais de Tokyo.

Jean de Loisy and Palais de Tokyo Team to Curate Fifteenth Biennale de Lyon

Jean de Loisy, the president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and several other of the institution’s curators—Daria de Beauvais, Adélaïde Blanc, Yoann Gourmel, Katell Jaffrès, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène, and Hugo Vitrani—will curate the fifteenth edition of the Biennale de Lyon. The exhibition will take place in various locations across the city and will be held from September 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, De Loisy said: “It is a truly exciting challenge for the curators of the Palais de Tokyo to curate the next Lyon Biennale: a Biennale that will continue to push beyond the conventional boundaries of art; a Biennale that will encourage artists to produce innovative and ambitious works; a Biennale that will celebrate the productive and cultural capacities of an entire region in an international context; a Biennale that will be composed like a landscape in movement. As fourteenth-century poet Eustache Deschamps famously wrote: ‘He nothing knows who never leaves his home.’”

Since the exhibition’s founding in 1991, Thierry Raspail, artistic director of the biennial, has asked each guest curator to think about a keyword, assigned for three editions. The 2019 Biennale de Lyon will be the third volume to rethink the word “modernity.” The last iteration of the event was curated by Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Titled “Floating Worlds,” the exhibition featured the work of more than fifty artists.

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