press release

Show opens Thursday May 29, 2008 From 6 p.m. to midnight: public opening Opening night musical selection by Dj Olga and Dr Schnaps


SUPERDOME The Superdome is a legendary stadium: built in 1975 in New Orleans (Louisiana), it has hosted many Super Bowls (the finals of the American football championship), a concert by the Rolling Stones, Pope John Paul II, the Republican Convention, and refugees from Hurricane Katrina. Paradoxically the Superdome forms a bridge between superlative entertainment, in the form of the Super Bowl, and total distress, in the form of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing inspiration from the additional and schizophrenic logic of “I Can Get No Satisfaction” AND “Our Father, who art in heaven”, Marc-Olivier Wahler presents SUPERDOME, a new session bringing together five solo exhibitions, oscillating between spectacle and conceits, decibels and prayers, high-tech and chaos, continuing the program of exhibitions testing the notion of the work of art's elasticity, first broached at the Palais de Tokyo with Five billion years.

GEOMETRY OF CHAOS Clockmakers who dismantle time with painstaking care (Time between spaces by Jonathan Monk)… A missile launcher that pulverizes empty beer bottles at more than 600 km/h (Afasia 1 by Arcangelo Sassolino)… A choir of 350 Darth Vaders fitted with micro-computers that produce the darkest “hit” of all time (Last Manoeuvres in the Dark by Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni)… An elephant precariously balancing on its trunk (Würsa by Daniel Firman)… A special project by Christoph Büchel (Dump)… Like a cloche placed over a town or a stretch of countryside – the one in Biosphere II, the Truman Show, or even the one by Buckminster Fuller conjured up by Loris Gréaud in Cellar Door – SUPERDOME hosts activities that bump into one another, and lives that are in fragile equilibrium, outlining a potential geometry of chaos.

FIRSTS SUPERDOME is also a collection of “firsts”. The first solo exhibition by Jonathan Monk at a Paris institution… The first time that the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d'Art Moderne of the City of Paris have collaborated… The first major solo exhibition by Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni as a duo… The first solo exhibition by Arcangelo Sassolino in France … The first glimpse of a large-scale forthcoming project by Christoph Büchel, an artist nominated for the 2008 Hugo Boss Awards… The first time that a real elephant has balanced on its trunk…


Gypsy Sound System Superdome after-party with Dj Olga and Dr Schnaps. May 29th, 8 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Kenneth Anger An exceptional talk with Kenneth Anger on the occasion of the exhibition of new paintings by Aleister Crowley. In partnership with the Centre Pompidou. June 5th, 7.30 p.m.

Burning Man Screening footage taken back from the Burning Man Project (Nevada) by Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita. June 12th, 7.30 p.m.

Sonic Warfare A talk on sound considered as a weapon, with Steve Goodman, author of Sonic Warfare (to be published), Ellen Mara de Wachter, curator of Arsenal: Artists Exploring the Potential of Sound as a Weapon (London, 2006) and Mark Bain, artist. June 19th, 7.30 p.m.

Yog Grindcore concert on the occasion of the publication of a special issue of Sang Bleu with the Pavillon and Emmanuelle Antille. June 26th, 9 p.m.

YouTube Battle 2 no limit The second edition of Palais de Tokyo’s famous video battle pits the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy against the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. July 3rd, 9 p.m.

The Kills Stage of the Art #4 features The Kills in concert, with the support of Eurostar London Coming. July 9th, 8 p.m.

PALAIS / Issue 6 - OUT on 29 May 2008 In conjunction with the exhibitions, events, lectures and performances in the Palais de Tokyo programme, every three months PALAIS / outlines the expanding artistic universe that programme reflects. This issue of the magazine PALAIS / is edited and designed around SUPERDOME, with an excerpt of Naomi Klein's latest book, interviews (Jonathan Monk by Marc-Olivier Wahler, François Girbaud with Giraud & Siboni), portfolios (press images of Superdome, Arcangelo Sassolino), a "making of" (Daniel Firman), and also a guide section.

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Künstler: Fabien Giraud, Raphael Siboni, Jonathan Monk, Arcangelo Sassolino, Daniel Firman, Christoph Büchel