Les Ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennale

2 & 3, Rennes, France
29 Sep 2018 - 02 Dec 2018

© Jean-Marc Ballée.

© Jean-Marc Ballée.

Les Ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennale is proud to announce the list of participating artists and artistic pre-program for its 6th edition titled À Cris Ouverts. Curators Céline Kopp and Étienne Bernard gather 32 international artists who have been shaping different ways to inhabit the world, and who are reflecting on distinct imaginaries of a collective whole. The exhibitions will show large bodies of work and new commissions specifically produced for the Biennale’s partner museums and venues in Rennes and Brittany.

Terry Adkins (1953, Washington–2014, New York); John Akomfrah (b. 1957, Ghana); Oreet Ashery (b. 1966, Israel); Jean- Marc Ballée (b. 1966, France); Richard Baquié (1952, Marseille–1996, Marseille); Julie Béna (b. 1982, France); Meriem Bennani (b. 1988, Morocco); Raymond Boisjoly (b. 1981, Canada, Haida Nation); Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz (b. 1972, Switzerland / b. 1963, Germany); Sonia Boyce
 (b. 1962, UK); Madison Bycroft (b. 1987, Australia); Volmir Cordeiro (b. 1987, Brazil); Julien Creuzet (b. 1986, France); Jesse Darling (b. 1988, UK); Enrico David
 (b. 1966, Italy); Virgile Fraisse (b. 1990, France); Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (b. 1993, Zimbabwe); Katia Kameli (b. 1973, France); Corita Kent
 (1918, Fort Dodge–1986, Boston); Yves Laloy (1920, Rennes–1999, Cancale); Anne Le Troter (b. 1985, France); Basim Magdy (b. 1977, Egypt); Paul Maheke (b. 1985, France); Senga Nengudi (b. 1943, USA); Sondra Perry
 (b. 1986, USA); Jean-Charles de Quillacq (b. 1979, France); Kenzi Shiokava (b. 1938, Brazil); Wu Tsang (b. 1982, USA); Mierle Laderman Ukeles (b. 1939, USA); Erika Vogt (b. 1973, USA); Dan Walwin (b. 1986, UK).

If this 6th edition is looking more international than ever, Les Ateliers de Rennes keeps on strengthening its local presence in Rennes and in Brittany. À Cris Ouverts will offer the general public an art parcours through 10 different venues. Three major historical institutions will present group exhibitions: Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, built for the University of Rennes in the 19th century; Frac Bretagne which building was recently designed by Odile Deck; and Halle de la Courrouze, a former military arsenal from the 19th century. Seven venues will present solo and group shows in Rennes: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at 40mcube; Meriem Bennani at La Criée centre d’art contemporain; Katia Kameli at PHAKT – Centre Culturel Colombier; Paul Maheke at Galerie Art&Essai-Université Rennes 2; and Jean-Marc Ballée at Lendroit éditions—and elsewhere in Brittany: Madison Bycroft at Galerie Raymond Hains in Saint-Brieuc, and Corita Kent and Katia Kameli at Passerelle centre d’art contemporain in Brest.

Les Ateliers de Rennes
Les Ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennale was launched ten years ago with the idea that art, the economy and the creative thinking of artists could be brought together. The previous editions of this biennial paved the way for this idea, it did not only help formulate it, but it also broadened the perspective for thinking through art objects and practices within the fields of art and economy. This background allowed the curators “to start out with the immediate desire to think with artists, beyond a vision of the world ruled by orthodox economics, which continues to demand and shape our civilizational lens.”

Organized by Art Norac, the nonprofit organization of the food production and distribution group Norac, the Biennale is supported by the Ville de Rennes – Rennes Métropole, Ministère de la Culture – Drac Bretagne, Conseil Régional de Bretagne, Conseil départemental d’Ille-et-Vilaine, as well as private media and partners.


Les Ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennale
2 & 3, place Hoche
35000 Rennes




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