avril 10th, 2018

Lafayette Anticipations: new place of artistic creation in Paris

This new Fondation is structured around its production activities and support provided to contemporary creation. The Fondation acts as a catalyser, providing artists unique, made-to-measure conditions in which to produce, experiment and exhibit.

Since its opening on March 10, 2018, Lafayette Anticipations has been the first multidisciplinary centre of its kind in France. In its 19th century building situated in the heart of the Marais and renovated by OMA, Rem Koolhaas’s architecture firm, the public will soon discover a curatorial machine in which new pieces produced by international creators – stemming from the fields of contemporary art, design and fashion – will be presented.
Located in a industrial building of 2,200 m2, the Fondation is a place for creation, innovation and research. The renovation project is led by architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm.
The seven story industrial building, characteristic of the end of the 19th century, is structured in a U-shape around a courtyard. The building can be crossed freely, thus leading to the rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie via a covered passage. The architectural intervention manages to articulate two seemingly contradictory conditions: the desire for programmatic flexibility and the respect of strict and mandatory preservation rules.
An “exhibition tower” equipped with four mobile platforms is inserted into the building’s courtyard. These motorized platforms can move independently along rails and align with the existing floors.
With each exhibit, these innovative platforms will allow the space to be reconfigured in 49 different ways. These multiple arrangements will instil verticality, flexibility and adaptability, as required by numerous future projects. The building will offer 875 m2 of exhibition space. This curatorial machine completes another fundamental component of the Fondation: its production workshop situated in the building’s basement. Here, pieces can be conceived and created by guest artists. The simultaneous use of these two structural features will foster the creation of unique projects, with their own spatial configuration.

Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 9, rue du Plâtre – 75004 Paris – France.
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février 26th, 2011

Nomads: 3 days to the sources of creation in Paris

The 3rd edition of Nomads will be held from 19 to 22 May 2011 to the sources of creativity in the Haut Marais in Paris third.

Created in 2009 at the initiative of the City Council of the 3rd arrondissement, days Nomads invite the public to enter the intimacy of the setting, to meet the designers who contribute to the artistic vitality of the district of Haut Marais.

Art galleries, artists’ studios and artisans, cultural centers, museums, heritage sites and knowledge … 170 participants will open their doors to offer the public moments of dialogue and exchanges with those involved in creating .

Three courses will be offered:

– a journey of creative venues (art galleries, fashion showrooms and design ..);

– a journey of creators (artists’ studios, artists, video artists and artisans);

– a journey to places of culture and knowledge (museums, cultural centers, places of worship, gardens …).

Highlight of this third edition, the evening of Thursday, May 19th will be dedicated to art galleries Nomads partners, which will remain open at night to allow the public to enjoy more time with their visit.