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Condensation at the Palais de Tokyo explores the relationship between contemporary art and artisan excellence, through a retrospective of sixteen works created since 2010 as part of the programme of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. An ensemble of contemporary artworks taking viewers to ‘the heart of the medium’…
The Palais de Tokyo presents an exhibition of sixteen works on public show for the first time, showcasing exceptional materials (leather, silk, crystal and silver-plate) and the artisan expertise needed to work them. The artworks were all created during artists’ residencies at the Hermès workshops, organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Condensation is part of Nouvelles Vagues, the Palais de Tokyo’s summer season, organised by a team of young international curators. Gaël Charbau is the curator and critic responsible for Condensation, ‘structured around formal echoes and narrative resonances,’ stressing the ‘alchemy’ that has shaped the conception and making of each work, the product of collaboration and exchange between emerging visual artists and expert artisans. Each work takes the visitor on a journey ‘to the heart of its particular material, and along the paths of its many mutations in art.
The group exhibition presents works created during the Foundation’s first four seasons of artists’ residencies. Since 2010, sixteen visual artists have discovered the work of expert artisans at the Hermès workshops. Mentored by Susanna Fritscher, Richard Deacon, Giuseppe Penone and Emmanuel Saulnier, the artists spend a period immersed in the Hermès workshops, before working on an ad hoc project in collaboration with their artisans. The results are presented in individual Cahiers de résidence, published by Actes Sud, with an accompanying DVD documentary.