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Vivien Roubaud

Playing with the outstanding dimensions of the Palier d’Honneur, Vivien Roubaud (born in 1986) creates a new installation, suspended in space.

He displays a material without thickness that is permanently and randomly reconfigured. “The object seizes the space and uses it, it is literally resting on the hall’s layer of air and its displacements don’t seem to be driven by any rule.” Its spreading convokes contradictory forces that act on the material endowed with aerial properties. Qualified by the artist as "energized", the tarpaulin attached to the ceiling by invisible ropes floats above the space –replaying  infinitely the hazardous and brief wandering of a piece of plastic carried by the wind on a construction site. The air streams crossing the space produce fluctuations that bring new possibilities to the deployment of the plastic veil.

Curator: Daria de Beauvais

This exhibition benefits from the support of Fonds de Dotation Emerige


Site-specific installations Site-specific installation

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

"I am interested in the hidden side of mundane objects […] so I can use the principles included in the material that are usually never revealed." 

Vivien Roubaud


Vivien Roubaud

Born in 1986, Vivien Roubaud has already been confronted to the architecture of Palais de Tokyo at the occasion of his solo exhibition for the Modules Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent in 2013/2014. He had notably created time sculptures by fixing the instantaneity of an explosion plexiglas tubes filled with oil. Here, the installation is also about encapsulating and empowering ephemeral phenomenon. Since he graduated from the Villa Arson in 2011, his work has been included in several group shows such as "Demain c’est loin" (Villa Arson, 2011) and "Le Parfait Flâneur" at the Lyon Biennale (2015). In 2014, he received the award Révélations Emerige. The artist is represented by the In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Gallery (Paris).