Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
“En toute chose”
Group show
Donnerstag, 2. February 2017 | 21- 0:00 pm
With: Pedro Barateiro, Richard Brautigan, Isabelle Cornaro, Marjorie Keller, Lee Kit, Marie Lund, Michael E. Smith,
Mika Tajima, Marie Mathématique (Jacques Ansan,
Jean-Claude Forest, Serge Gainsbourg, André Ruellan)
Curator: Yoann Gourmel
Exhibition: 3. February – 8. May 2017
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris France



Made up of site-specific productions, installations, and performances, the exhibitions presented from February to May 2017 raise the question of the animated object and explore the sometimes absurd relationships we have with the objects around us and the alternately magical, enchanted, and disturbing power they hold over us in turn.
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
Titled after Richard Brautigan’s poem “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” this exhibition brings together artists who examine the impact of the market economy and new technologies on the production of our emotions and their representations. Reflecting the modelling of our imaginaries and the transformation of our affects into logos, products or sales pitches, the works bear witness to a kind of reification of our emotions and social relationships.


With: Pedro Barateiro, Richard Brautigan, Isabelle Cornaro, Marjorie Keller, Lee Kit, Marie Lund, Michael E. Smith, Mika Tajima, Marie Mathématique (Jacques Ansan, Jean-Claude Forest, Serge Gainsbourg, André Ruellan)

Curator: Yoann Gourmel

Taro Izumi
2017 SAM Art Projects resident

Exhibition: 03/02/2017 – 08/05/2017

Curator: Jean de Loisy

Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first large-scale solo show in France by Taro Izumi (born in 1976 in Nara, lives in Tokyo). Taro Izumi constructs installations using ludic hypotheses as a source of forms, sculptures and murals which, often thanks to their absurdity, become unexpected items that thwart artistic and social customs.

Curator: Jean de Loisy



Taro Izumi, Tickled in a dream… maybe? (Fishing), 2014. Wood, iron and video, variable dimensions. © Taro Izumi. Collection of M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong. Courtesy of Galerie GP&N Vallois (Paris) and Take Ninagawa (Tokyo). Photo: Kei Okano.



Mel O’Callaghan
Dangerous on-the-way
Winner of the SAM Prize for contemporary art 2015

Mel O’Callaghan (born in 1975 in Sydney, lives in Paris) pursues her reflections about ritual as a transformative expression of the human condition. For her first solo show in a French institution, the artist went to North-Eastern Borneo so as to attend the traditional harvesting of birds’ nests. Combining video, performance and sculpture, her exhibition focuses specifically on altered states of consciousness.

Curator: Daria de Beauvais




Abraham Poincheval

Exhibition: 03/02/2017 – 08/05/2017

Curator: Adélaïde Blanc


For Abraham Poincheval, living in autarky, enclosure, immobility or the progressive loss of senses are all means to explore the world and human nature. Several sculptures in, or on, which he has lived, have been dispersed through the Palais de Tokyo’s spaces. The artist is also presenting two new performances: experiencing the temporalities of the mineral and animal kingdoms, he is living in a rock for a week, and sitting on hen’s eggs until they hatch.

This show comes after the presentation of his habitable sculpture Ours (‘‘Bear’’) as part of the group exhibition “Inside” in 2014, and his performance Vigie / Stylite (“Lookout / Stylite”) as part of the Nuit blanche 2016, under the artistic direction of Palais de Tokyo.

Curator: Adélaïde Blanc

A monographic book published by Palais de Tokyo is accompanying this show.


Dorian Gaudin
Rites and Aftermath

Curator: Julien Fronsacq
Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show by Dorian Gaudin (born in 1986 in Paris, lives in New York) in an art centre. For his project, Dorian Gaudin will confront visitors with a virtually cinematographic show, a theatre of objects.

Curator: Julien Fronsacq



Emmanuel Saulnier
Black Dancing

Curator: Katell Jaffrès
Emmanuel Saulnier (born in 1952, lives in Paris) has been developing an essentially sculptural body of work, confronting such issues as collective memory, presence and disappearance. In reference to the music of Thelonious Monk, the sculptures will escape from their constraints and mutate into a drawing in space. Poetic correspondences will be woven between the transparency of glass and sculpted wood, asphalt or dried ink.

Curator: Katell Jaffrès



Anne Le Troter
Bulleted List
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 61st Salon de Montrouge

Curator: Claire Moulène

In her first solo show in an art centre in Paris, Anne Le Troter will be relaying the weird language of telephone interviewers working in polling organizations.

Curator: Claire Moulène


Emmanuelle Lainé
Where the rubber of our selves meets the road of the wider world

Site-specific installation

Curator: Claire Moulène


Summer exhibitions
June 14–September 10, 2017

Curators: Claire Garnier, Laurent Le Bon, Florence Ostende

The Dream of Forms
Curators: Alain Fleischer, Claire Moulène

Hayoun Kwon
Winner of the 2015 Prize of the Friends of Palais de Tokyo
Curator: Katell Jaffrès

Gareth Nyandoro
2017 SAM Art Projects resident
Curator: Adélaïde Blanc

September 2017:
OFF-SITE exhibition during EXPO CHICAGO


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