Discovery of the Villa Vassilieff in Paris, an extraordinary cultural establishment that previously housed the Montparnasse museum. It was in the context of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship that I went to a press breakfast announcing the four winners for 2017. A nice artistic and social discovery.
What does Pernod Ricard do in contemporary art? This well-known brand of wines and spirits in France has partnered with Villa Vassilieff, a cultural establishment in the Montparnasse district, to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship, a scholarship accompanying four people in residence each year for a period of three months. whether they are artists, curators or international researchers.
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These artists are then accompanied by facilitating access to many institutions, public or private archives, the Pompidou Center, in collaboration with museums, art schools, … They also participate in the living program of events at within Villa Vassilieff. Pernod Ricard with its Ricard corporate foundation has been involved in art sponsorship for over twenty years and supports the creation of contemporary national and international artists.
Located in the heart of Montparnasse, on the former studio of Marie Vassilieff where the Montparnasse museum was housed until 2013, Villa Vassilieff, managed by Bétonsalon, is a center of art and research. It promotes the ripening of ideas and the sharing of knowledge. It is conceived as a space for the elaboration of a questioning on society, in research on standardized forms of production, classification and distribution of knowledge.
Seminars, screenings and workshops are organized in collaboration with professors from the University of Diderot, and long-term projects with research residencies, artistic co-productions, colloquia, are conducted internationally with partner institutions. Villa Vassilieff is also a contemporary art exhibition venue for experienced artists or students.
It is in the apartment residence where the artist currently present Zheng Bo received us that we are presented the four winners for 2017.
(Zheng Bo and architect Yona Friedman, photo Zheng Bo and Villa Vassilieff)
A real opportunity for these foreign artists to discover France, interact with Parisian actors and carry out their research process. Chinese artist whose participatory projects have been exhibited in numerous public institutions in China and abroad, awarded the 2005 Hong Kong Museum of Art Award of Excellence and the Singapore Art Museum Jury Prize in 2008, Zheng Bo works on weeds as a way of thinking about ecology and politics in China. Graduate of a PhD in visual and cultural studies, he also teaches at the School of Creative Media in Hong Kong. The results of his research will soon be presented in a publication of Villa Vassilieff. So it was in his living room where his shoes were enthroned at the entrance, bins where weeds grow and where some chairs on which we sat were revisited by other artists that the four winners were announced.
(Photo: Zheng Bo, weed tank in Paris in the Pernod Fellowship workshop)
This is Mercedes Azpilicueta (Netherlands) who will investigate the political dimension of desire and its relationship to affects, Koki Tanaka (Japan) who will research the history of a Belleville restaurant between 1940 and 1944 by Samit Das (India) who will investigate the visual vocabulary of modern Indian art in resonance with Paris and Ndidi Dike (Nigeria) who will be interested in the pre and post-colonial histories and legacies of resource control policies that shape the African continent.
These are astonishing subjects of reflection, where these artists will be able for three months to establish a process of creation.
Artists, students, collaborative projects, the exhibition was opened to us to discover the projects of contemporary artists. Here is an overview:
(Photo: @, printed fabric that when illuminated reflects its image on the ground)
(Photo: @, interactive swimming pool)
(Photo: @, friendly space that evolves over time)
(Photo: @, reflection on the principles of ergonomics)
(Photo: @, reflection on the extension of the body)
(Photo: @, antique statue revisited)
(Photo: @, interactive barrier)
Nice initiative of Villa Vassilieff, a real center of alive research which favors the creative process by allowing the artists to be inserted during three months in the Parisian life and to have access to many resources. The outcome of a project is never certain, which is the exchange and the opportunity to create on site with many stakeholders. A beautiful discovery!