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The Palais stripped bare: talk with Lacaton & Vassal A discussion between Anne Imhof, Andrea Faraguna, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

In the Palais de Tokyo, the artist Anne Imhof has created a glass labyrinth that fragments the space and generates new perspectives.


This notion of transparence and circulation was also at the heart of the renovations of the Palais de Tokyo carried out by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal in 2001 and in 2012. The duo reworked the environment into a vast landscape: “What we were looking to do with the Palais de Tokyo, and what we have succeeded in doing, I think, is to strike this delicate balance between a space for living and a space for art. The Palais, with its vast and idiosyncratic volumes, lends itself to this unique experience.”


With this in mind, it is only natural to bring together artist Anne Imhof and her collaborator, the architect Andrea Faraguna, with Lacaton & Vassal, winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2021, to discuss their respective visions of this exceptional environment.

Anne Imhof was born in 1978 in Giessen, Germany. She lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt (Germany).

After studying at the Städelschule (Frankfurt, Germany), in 2013 she put on her first solo exhibition “Parade” in Portikus (Frankfurt, Germany). Since then, Anne Imhof’s work has been shown in particular at the Art Institute of Chicago (2019), the Tate Modern (London, 2019), the Hamburger Banhof (Berlin, 2016), Kunsthalle Basel (2016), the MoMA PS1 (New York, 2015) and the Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain in Nîmes (2014). She has also taken part in a large number of group exhibitions and festivals, including the MMK Frankfurt (2019 and 2014), Tai Kwun (Hong Kong, 2019), La Biennale de Montréal (2016), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2015) and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2015).

Anne Imhof represented Germany at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 where she won the Golden Lion for the best national participation, thanks to her performance Faust. She has also been awarded the Absolut Art Award (2017) and the Preis der Nationalgalerie (2015).


Andrea Faraguna (b. 1981) is an architect, and a graduate of the University of Venice and TU Berlin. A close collaborator of the studio E2A, he taught alongside Piet and Wim Eckert from 2011 and 2018. In 2017, he co-founded the studio sub in Berlin, and has since regularly collaborated with Anne Imhof, most recently designing the spaces of the exhibition Natures Mortes.




16/09/21 at 7pm

Free entry with exhibition ticket

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal

Anne Lacaton (b. 1955) & Jean Philippe Vassal (b. 1954) are amongst the most talented architects of their generation, and in 2021 were awarded the prestigious Prtizker Prize for the entirety of their architectural work over previous decades. They promote a non-standardized architecture that is at once economical and generous, open to the freedom of users and the potential transformations that they might bring about. Highly attuned to the value and the soul of place, they often look to conserve and foreground existing architecture in their projects. This was very much the case at the Palais de Tokyo, whose renovation they oversaw in 2001 and 2012, a project for which they were nominated for the Moniteur Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent in 2001. The duo have received numerous national and international awards, including the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2018, in recognition of their sustainable approach to the built environment and their respect for the appropriation of architecture by its users. In 2019, they also received the Mies van der Rohe grant.