25 Jun - 05 Nov 2017
25 June – 5 November 2017
Curators: Sébastien Faucon and Marianne Lanavère
Works by Pierre Alferi, Laurie Anderson, Biosphère, Boris Charmatz, Edith Dekyndt, Aurélie Dubois, Philippe Katerine et Pierre Bondu, Jonas Mekas, Robert Milin, Melik Ohanian, Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Anne de Sterk, Chloé Thévenin, Georges Tony Stoll, Véronique Verstraete, Lawrence Weiner
Throughout the summer the Vassivière Island International Centre for Art and Landscape (CIAP) and the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts, Cnap) will be presenting an exhibition/trail extending outwards from the art centre and its Sculpture Wood to neighbouring municipalities. Titled "Transhumance", this venture into unification of a changing territory offers strollers the chance to soak up the history of the various villages while highlighting the role of public art in the rural context. Made up entirely of works from the Cnap collection, with special emphasis on outdoor pieces, "Transhumance" is divided into four sections:
A trail linking rural municipalities near Lake Vassivière, including Beaumont-du-Lac, Gentioux Pigerolles,
La Villedieu, Nedde, Peyrat-le-Château and Saint-Amand-le-Petit, between the Creuse and HauteVienne
départements in the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region. In a public-space dialogue with the scenic, architectural and cultural heritage of these villages, the exhibits interact with their setting, altering our point of view in a way that inevitably transforms each place's space, history and identity.
In addition, in a rural area too rarely exposed to contemporary creative input, they also act as cultural mediators, spotlighting nationally and internationally known artists and presenting new aesthetic concepts and artforms that reflect the diversity of the Cnap collection: monumental sculptures, wall paintings, sound and video installations, procedural art, vegetal works and more. Organised in conjunction with the municipal councils, the venture involves residents in its design, implementation and mediation. Generating interchange between artists, the authorities and citizens, the works thus become a vector for social and political bonding.
A group exhibition at the art centre on Vassivière Island further reflects the public role of art in today's
society. How does art mobilise us as citizens actively committed to the world we live in? This exhibition
foregrounds the political, participatory aspect of the work of art and the different ways it can interact
with the visitor.
This is also an opportunity to rediscover an emblematic late 1980s work by Dominique GonzalezFoerster,
Bernard Joisten, Pierre Joseph and Philippe Parreno: the outdoor installation Vidéo Ozone, which is being specially reactivated on the island on the evening of the opening. Still on Vassivière Island, two new procedural art pieces commissioned by the Cnap are being premiered in the Sculpture Wood, already home to some 60 works (5 of them on long-term loan from the Cnap). Liliana Motta's beautifully subtle landscape composition and Reto Pulfer's heavenly-body installation fit naturally with Vassivière's identity as a singular blend of industrial site and nature reserve.
Every night Radio Vassivière will be broadcasting a different sound work from among those commissioned by the Cnap from Radio France Culture's Atelier de Création Radiophonique.
Between 13 – 15 October 2017 a symposium on public art in the rural context will look back over the history of sculpture parks and consider how they are likely to evolve. Participants will include Benoît Antille, José Roca, Liliana Rojas Sánchez, Elke Roloff, Martina Sabbadini and Natsuko Uchino.
Situated in the Millevaches Regional Nature Reserve, on an island in the middle of an artificial lake, the International Centre for Art and Landscape has been promoting the visual arts for over three decades in a highly atypical setting including scattered rural populations, schools, local government bodies, artlovers and tourists. The centre's three main features are:
- A Sculpture Wood open to all 24/7, with some 60 works of public art offering a history of modern and contemporary artistic practices. Visitors are free to choose their own itineraries, with information about the exhibits provided along the way. There is also a free video guide offering sound and image backup to the many histories of Vassivière.
- An exhibition programme covering what's happening nationally and internationally in all disciplines. Guest artists are given intellectual, financial and judicial support from the preparatory stages through to presentation of their projects. Creative freedom remains fundamental. The issues addressed relate to the identity of the surrounding territory and are part of a broad consideration of the place of art in the rural context.
- A residency programme which bolsters the local dynamic by establishing connections between the practices of French and foreign artists and the skills of the area's inhabitants. Each residency is an opportunity to create new social bonds and generate new projects for the future. The residencies also enable crossover between disciplines and exchange programmes with similar schemes abroad. All these factors help promote the territory and a local identity.
In addition, since its creation, the art centre has been following up its artists through a publishing policy aimed at ensuring the recording and dissemination of their output.
The centre's education unit organises experience-sharing activities at all levels, via art workshops for children and adults, research-oriented post-secondary workshops, and off-site projects with artists that trigger encounters and provide professional input for the honing of artistic practices and personal expression.
The centre also ensures cultural liaison and practical support for its range of different publics, including personalised assistance, attention to the needs of the handicapped, and creation of exhibition mediation tools. Its specialist bookshop helps flesh out this overall project with books suggested by the guest artists. Last but not least, the centre organises cross-cultural activities as offshoots of the artists' projects. Involving partnerships with various cultural bodies, these activities also touch on other disciplines – among them philosophy, natural science, sport and cuisine – with a view to maximising ideas, generating discussion and reaching out to the widest possible audience.