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Le Little Palais By Wilfrid Almendra

Le Little Palais, a space measuring almost 120m2 which hosts the famous Tok-Tok workshops, is being metamorphosed thanks to an artwork by Wilfrid Almendra.

The piece “Entitled Light Boiled Like Liquid Soap” is an immersive installation made up of sculptural elements based on recuperated, exchanged or transformed materials. Proliferating tubes covered with plastered strips, as though bandaged, conjure up warmth, inner motion and the familiar sounds of plumbing in a subterranean place, or else a “space for refuge and experiences”. Four plaster platforms suspended from cables recreate the proportions of a domestic space, while the pipes become possible seats. We are at once inside a house, on the roof and in the basement. The tubes that emerge from the floor are accompanied by cables that escape from the walls before running over Palais de Tokyo’s roofs, connected to a transmitter that broadcasts radio waves. It is a living, “liquid” sculpture, the motion of an ungraspable flow circulating in the space, before it escapes into a random world of frequencies.

Curator: Sandra Adam-Couralet

Site-specific installations Site-specific installation

From 02/04/2017

Accessible to all outside the times of the young visitors and family activities.

 

Wilfrid Almendra

Wilfrid Almendra was born in 1972 in Cholet (France), he lives between Marseille and Casario (Portugal). In 2017, he produced a piece chiming with the architecture of Palais de Tokyo for the Little Palais space, devoted to educational activities. His work has appeared in several solo shows in France and abroad, including, most recently, “Light Boiled Like Liquid Soap”, Fogo Island Arts, Canada (2016); “Between, the Tree and Seeing It”, Les Églises, Chelles (2014); “L’Intranquillité”, Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest (2013); “Matériologique”, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (2013). He has also taken part in many group shows, including “Flatland / abstractions narratives #1”, MRAC, Sérignan (2016); “L’Esprit du Bauhaus”, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris (2016); “Let’s Play”, Galerie du cloître, Rennes, as part of the Biennale d’art contemporain (2014); “Parapanorama”, Palais de Tokyo (2014); “Vue d’en haut”, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2013); “Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012). He was nominated for the Prix Meurice and the Prix Maif for Contemporary Art in 2010, and was awarded an Audi Talent Award for Contemporary Art in 2008.

Conception of this work benefitted from the support of Mécènes du Sud, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (FNAGP), Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts.
This exhibition also benefits from the support of Bostik and Den Braven, two companies of the Arkema Group.