The present is unfinished: Palais de Tokyo crosses over in Lyon

The present is unfinished: Palais de Tokyo crosses over in Lyon
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Euronews’ future headquarters in Lyon, France is playing host to an exhibition by Paris’ Palais de Tokyo as part of the city’s ongoing Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Four artists have been invited to present their works on the cross-over between what is visible in our lives and what lies beyond our immediate perception. Using microorganisms, a nuclear explosion or a musical note, the artists draw attention to the movements and beauty of the non-visible.

“The title of the exhibition, ‘The Unfinished Presents’, refers to the fact that we can’t understand everything. There are phenomena today in our lives that withstand our understanding – be it time, space, or our very existence. The work of the artists we have brought together in this exhibition aims to show these shapes that we cannot understand, and reveal the beauty of what is elusive in our lives,” explained the show’s curator, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.

‘Oma’s Kitchen Floor’ by British artist Oliver Beer is in reality the linoleum of his grandmother’s kitchen. The traces left by 40 years of daily activity trace the choreography of an existence, paying tribute to the frailty of life.

In his video installation, Canadian-born artist Jeremy Shaw filmed volunteers who took psychedelic drugs and explained how they felt and what they saw.

For his glass sculptures, French artist Benoît Pype sought inspiration in photographs of American nuclear tests taken at a millionth of a second in the Nevada desert in 1952.

And Swiss artist Julian Charrière captured and domesticated the development of microorganisms and bacteria, using them as an unpredictable element to transform the stones of his structure.

“These artists are interested in what can’t be told – by talking about what cannot be told, they establish their own scenario and they try and draw us into their creation. Each visitor must be willing to follow the artist into his fiction and accept the fact that this story is valid, and that it can add something to our understanding of the world,” said curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.

‘The Unfinished Presents’ is on at the future Euronews headquarters in Lyon until November 3rd.

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