Briser La Glace

29 May - 24 Aug 2016

29 May - 24 August 2016

Curated By Session 25 Of The École Du Magasin

The summer exhibition Briser la glace of MAGASIN is curated by the members of the 25th session of the École du MAGASIN - Chen Ben Chetrit, Laura Caraballo, Eleonora Castagna, Chloé Curci, Giulia Pagnetti and Armance Rougiron.

The exhibition is a reaction to the specific context of the art center itself, the MAGASIN. The show is an act of letting the audiences inhabit the art center and live it through the use of a distinctive scenography. The exhibition has been conceived as a dynamic space, presenting aspects of everyday life in dialogue with works of art.

A plural environment, containing a collection of functions and moments, hosts simultaneously audiences and art pieces. The exhibited art pieces tell the story of everyday life through active participation from an ironic, critical or ludicrous point of view.
The functional spaces provide a series of support structures for an active use. These several spaces, spread around the art center, enable the visitors to use it to dialog, share, play, relax, work, read, garden...
The core of the exhibition, conceived as an amphitheater, will present a public program of talks, conferences, projections and performances that will contribute to enrich the exhibition itself.

The statement of this proposition is to present a certain mechanism which will transform an indifferent site into an accessible space full of life and possibilities. The works of art, coming from different and several context (public and private collections, interventions, site speci c), will be articulated together as an invitation for the audience to take over the art center and to participate by having an intimate experience as much as moments of possible sharing and exchange.
The idea is to open up the barriers between the audiences and the contemporary art.

Selected pieces concretize the will to generate an interactive experience: dreamy and captivating video installations, kinetic assemblages, interactive and playful display, ways of new appropriation of pop culture and mass media, ashes of wit and sense of humor. Among those works, there will be also a new production: a site speci c installation made by vegetal elements which will be in constant evolution.

Briser la glace (in English : Breaking the ice) supports exchanging knowledge and interdisciplinarity in order to reduce the audiences’ inhibition towards contemporary art.

Invited artists :
Ricardo Basbaum (BR), Candice Breitz (ZA), Jacob Dahlgren (SE), Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming (US), Ceal Floyer (UK), Goofypress (FR), Laura Gozlan (FR), Leor Grady (IL), Matteo Guidi (IT), Adelita Husny-Bey (IT/LB), Emmanuel Louisgrand (FR), Pipilotti Rist (CH), Allen Ruppersberg (US), TAKIS (GR) et Martín Vitaliti (AR).

* Founded in 1987, the École du MAGASIN is one of the rst international curatorial study programs in Europe. It was set up to provide a professional environment for a rigorous combination of research and practice. More information on

Tags: Ricardo Basbaum, Candice Breitz, Jacob Dahlgren, Ceal Floyer, Pipilotti Rist, Allen Ruppersberg, Takis