Christoph Büchel

Palais de Tokyo
13, Avenue du Président Wilson
February 1–May 6

Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler

Since his recent appointment as director of the Palais de Tokyo, Marc-Olivier Wahler has orchestrated a quiet revolution by inviting young, ambitious artists whose work can convincingly engage the building’s cavernous exhibition spaces. With an impressive track record of monumental works, Swiss artist Christoph Büchel is perfectly placed to rise to the Palais challenge. For his first solo show in France, he will create a larger, more intricate version of Hole, his 2005 installation at the Kunsthalle Basel, transforming the Palais into a labyrinth of claustrophobic rooms that lead to a presumed crime scene: the burned-out carcass of an exploded bus. Playing on our collective paranoia as well as on the vogue for popular entertainment based on criminal forensics, Büchel’s haunting environment, with its allusions to international terrorism and the recent unrest in the Parisian banlieues, could not be more timely.