Palais de Tokyo


Another banana day for the dream-fish

22 Jun - 09 Sep 2018

Ugo Rondinone, Vocabulary of Solitude, 2016
Credit: Stefan Altenburger
Another banana day for the dream-fish
22 June – 9 September 2018

Curators: Sandra Adam-Couralet and Yoann Gourmel

Like a tale in its principle and construction, with multiple levels of interpretation, addressed at once to children and adults, with its numerous rites of passage, the exhibition invites visitors, “from 7 to 77”, to cross through a variety of initiatory trials, while confronting themselves with the strange and the stranger.

How are the sense of wonder, the capacity to invent worlds, but also childhood fears and anxieties, constructed and become determined, in different contexts? The exhibition Another banana day for the dream-fish, after the modified title of a story by J.D. Salinger, tries to provide an answer by making us travel from everyday, intimate territories to fantasy worlds, through a series of fragments of an identity in permanent construction.

The exhibition, conceived thanks to a partnership with the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, has been devised in complicity with the artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore. As the exhibition’s dramaturg, he has imagined a series of rooms, atmospheres and scenes in collaboration with craftsmen, invited to be genuine interpreters of the director’s intentions; the materials and their use having been chosen for the emotional power they give off. Through this collaboration, the work of craftsmen is thus once again being highlighted, uniting knowhow and creative daring.

This exhibition, conceived with the Japanese curator Kodama Kanazawa and co-organized with the Japan Foundation, is part ofJaponismes 2018, and will be an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the works of a good twenty international artists, six of them being Japanese, and to discover an original collaboration with the mangaka Yûichi Yokoyama.

Caroline Achaintre; Amabouz Taturo; Jean-Marie Appriou; David Douard; Dran
Escif; Philippe Grandrieux; Daiga Grantina; Petrit Halilaj; Anna Hulačová ; Binelde Hyrcan; Takashi Kuribayashi; Sharon Lockhart; Keita Miyazaki; Yuko Mohri; Anita Molinero; Jonathan Monaghan; Chihiro Mori; Ugo Rondinone ; Megan Rooney; Rachel Rose; Kiki Smith ; Tomoaki Suzuki; Sabrina Vitali; Yûichi Yokoyama; Andy Warhol

Enrique López & Germain Benoît (Manufacture Royale Bonvallet):
embosser, printer, velvet shearer
Karen Grigorian (La maison du Pli): master-pleater
Aurélie Lanoiselée*: embroiderer and creator of textile art
ARCA - Steven Leprizé*: cabinet-maker and creations
Ghislain Moret de Rocheprise
(Atelier Lithias): stone sculptor
Ateliers Loire-Chartres: master glaziers
Mathieu Rousso: metal sculptor
Sika Viagbo (Atelier lilikpó): mosaicist
* Aurélie Lanoiselée was awarded the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour
l’intelligence de la main in 2009
* Steven Leprizé was awarded the Prix
Liliane Bettencourt pour l’intelligence de la main - Talents d’exception in 2017

Tags: Sandra Adam-Couralet, Jean-Marie Appriou, Yoann Gourmel, Ugo Rondinone