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Babi Badalov For the wall, for the world

Babi Badalov (born in 1959 in Lerik, Azerbaijan, lives in Paris) is occupying the walls of the Palais de Tokyo’s Palier du Loup and Palier New York with his semanticand visual conceptions. The installation he creates, entitled For the wall, for the world, draws inspiration from Paris’ socio-cultural context. It pays tribute to the multiculturalism of the city he has lived in for seven years and depicts its limits and paradoxes. The installation consists of four main parts. Babi Badalov’s incisif and poetic texts appear on the actual walls of the Palais de Tokyo, inscribed on pieces of fabric or images that he has amassed on the streets of Paris, as a sketchbook of daily drawings.

Curator: Adélaïde Blanc


Born in 1959 in Lerik, Azerbaijan, Babi Badalov has lived and worked in Paris since 2008. He moved to Leningrad in the 1980s, where he discovered the alternative Russian art scene. In 1990, he took part in the "The New Artists from Saint Petersburg" exhibition in Mucsarnok (Budapest) and held his first solo exhibition in Oregon the following year. His travels and situation as an immigrant in the USA and the UK enrich his approach. He exhibited his "visual poetry" at Manifesta 8 (2010), "Disparity and Demand" at la Galerie (Noisy le Sec, 2014) and also at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015. He counts "MIGRANT POETRY" at La Station (Nice, 2015) and "Poetical Activism" at (Budapest, 2015-2016) among his solo exhibitions. His works feature among the collections of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia), the MuHKA Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp (Belgium) and the Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA). He is represented by the Gandy gallery (Bratislava) and Galerie Jérôme Poggi (Paris).

Site-specific installations Site-specific installation

From 19/02/2016 to 11/09/2016

"Words are strong tools and part of a universal language that is few steps away from an ideal world, because poetry is dialogue."

Babi Badalov