Within the framework of its upcoming opening to the public, the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection is organising an encounter with French artist and performer Lili Reynaud Dewar, in conversation with Caroline Bourgeois, the curator of the Pinault Collection. Together, they discuss her singular and multidisciplinary art practice, her collective projects – notably with students – as well as the environments she creates and occupies. They also talk about the subjects and figures that inspire her, such as Josephine Baker, Donna Haraway, and Guillaume Dustan.
Lili Reynaud Dewar
Lili Reynaud Dewar was born in 1975 in La Rochelle. She initially trained in classical ballet at a dance academy, later becoming an artist and performer. Combining performance and activism, her practice transforms her nude, painted body into a grammar. She blurs the boundary between the private and public spheres: the museum becomes an intimate space – she transforms the places that exhibit her work into a living space that she traverses at will, her entirely painted naked body dancing in these spaces devoid of visitors; gestures of collective memory thus become a personal, physical language. Multiple problematics run through her work – gender, minorities, and the status of objects – which borrow from all dimensions of the arts, such as poetry and literature, video and music.
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Caroline Bourgeois is the curator and conservator of the Pinault Collection, for which she had already constituted a video collection of international renown between 1998 and 2001. From 2004 to 2008, she was the artistic director of the Frac Île-de-France – Le Plateau in Paris, where she curated striking collective (Ralentir vite, Société Anonyme) and solo exhibitions (Loris Gréaud, Adel Abdessemed, Cao Fei). She has also organised major artistic collaborations in public space with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in Paris and with Pierre Huyghe in Venice. These dialogues between the artists and the Pinault Collection continue at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana through monographic exhibitions – namely with Urs Fischer, Danh Vo, Martial Raysse, Albert Oehlen, Luc Tuymans, Muna El Fituri, and Thomas Houseago – and collective exhibitions.
Photo Matteo De Fina – Courtesy Palazzo Grassi
The Bourse de Commerce is a new venue for the presentation of the Pinault Collection in Paris.
It belongs to a network of permanent museums based in Venice: the Palazzo Grassi, whose auditorium (the Teatrino) was completed in 2013, and the Punta della Dogana. Dedicated to contemporary art as seen through the prism of the Collection, the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection presents thematic and monographic exhibitions, but also new productions, commissions, cartes blanches, and in-situ projects. Open to all audiences and artistic disciplines, the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection presents pedagogical programmes, conferences and debates, screenings and concerts, as well as performances. Its official opening to the public is pending.