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A History of Inspiration

Nouvelles Vagues

Palais de Tokyo innovates once more to emphasize the emergence of the figure of the curator.

Palais de Tokyo innovates once more to emphasize the emergence of the figure of the curator. At Palais de Tokyo, “Nouvelles Vagues” (New Waves) is a large-scale event organized by 21 international young curators (hailing from 13 different countries), working individually or in groups, and selected by a jury from over 500 candidates. Owing to the efforts of the Comité professionnel des galeries d’art [professional committee of art galleries], this event will be completed through the involvement of some thirty Parisian galleries.

The jury is composed of Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London), Massimiliano Gioni (Associate Director and Curator, New Museum, New York), Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Jewish Museum, New York), Jean-Hubert Martin (independent curator), Xavier Franceschi (Director, Frac Ile-de-France), Colette Barbier (Director, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris), Fabienne Leclerc (Professional Committee of Art Galleries), Alain Reinaudo (Institut Français), Jean de Loisy (President of Palais de Tokyo) and curators of the Palais de Tokyo.

SAHA supported for the production of exhibition entitled A History of Inspiration, organized by Palais de Tokyo and curated by Adnan Yıldız for the “Nouvelles Vagues” event.

A History of Inspiration

Slavs and Tatars, PrayWay, 2012. Vue de l’exposition « The Ungovernables », 2nd New Museum Triennial (New York). Görsel: Patrick McMullan

Date:  21/06/2013 - 09/09/2013
Place:  Level 2 – Alcôve
Curator: Adnan Yıldız (Turkey, 1979) Artists: Erdağ Aksel, Aaron Angell, Mariechen Danz, Michael Dean, Cevdet Erek, Nilbar Güreş, Toril Johannessen, Ahmet Öğüt, Wael Shawky, Slavs and Tatars, KIBLENÜMA

A History of Inspiration is a conceptual attempt to investigate the epistemological relationships between two spaces of imagination, sky and screen, via two image references separated by five centuries: a 16th century miniature and a Microsoft wallpaper. The miniature from the 16th century depicts Takiyüddin’s observatory house in Istanbul. The Microsoft wallpaper is a generic image, a sample design produced and distributed all around the world. This “plasticized” representation of sky and nature was delivered to millions of users to organize their computer desktop. The motif of the sky – the astrologers’ complex sky or the artificial sky of computer users – emerges between the two. From this juxtaposition, an exploration of the imagination surfaces.

About Adnan Yıldız
Adnan Yıldız participated in the traveling curatorial research program Curatorlab/Konstfack in Stockholm (2006-2008), and was recently nominated for ICI’s Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012. Yıldız has been the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2011-2014), focusing on the solo exhibitions series, Artistic Dialogues, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Methodical Inquiries at Polistar Gallery, Istanbul, and a discussion-based event program, Critical Voices, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Platform3 in Munich and was the Director of Artspace NZ in Auckland (2014-2017).

About Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002: Its liveliness, joyfulness, and adventurous approach made Paris sit up and take notice. Following on from these years of success, in 2012 Palais de Tokyo became one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe, its surface area rising from 8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. It now extends right to the River Seine, forming a link on the side of the hill between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées.