Created by the artist Ange Leccia in 2001, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, is the artist-in-residence programme and research lab of Palais de Tokyo. The Pavillon encourages crucial exploratory work, with a focus on the emerging contemporary art scene. Every year, it welcomes several young international artists, each of whom are sponsored by a one of Palais de Tokyo’s curators, for an eight-month period from November to June.
Since its inception, over 130 artists have taken part in the Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency programme, including Angela Detanico and Rafaël Lain (Brazilian Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale, 2007), Laurent Grasso (Marcel Duchamp Prize 2007), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Palme d’or Cannes Festival 2010), Isabelle Cornaro (the Ricard Foundation Prize 2010), Benoît Maire (the Ricard Foundation Prize 2010), Koki Tanaka (Special Mention of the Japan pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013), and finally Oliver Beer (Daiwa Foundation Prize 2015).
In 2014, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC consolidated its presence at the heart of Palais de Tokyo’s programme: it is now the curators themselves who invite the artists to apply for a place. After an initial selection based on the applications received, the remaining candidates are invited to give an oral presentation, after which the jury selects the finalists.
Featuring numerous events and visits to specialised institutions both in France and abroad, the year-long Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency includes three key modules: a multidisciplinary collective project abroad, a collective project in partnership with other institutions in France and a solo project at Palais de Tokyo – a performance, exhibition or concert – created by each individual resident, in conjunction with their curator mentor.
The collective project abroad
Each year, the collective project abroad leads to an exhibition including the production of several art works created on location. Following on from the Onomichi Museum (Japan) in Autumn 2014, it is the Seoul Art Museum’s (SeMA) turn to host the Pavillon Neuflize OBC residents’ exhibition.
The collective project in France
In 2015, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC artists, together with dancers from the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris produced a collective creation resulting in a performance presented at Palais de Tokyo. Building upon its success, this particular collaboration between the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris and the Pavillon Neuflize OBC was renewed in 2016, with the support of the Institut national de l’audiovisuel (Ina). This unique collaboration produced an experimental performance, which was presented at the Palais Garnier in June 2016.
Les Lundis du Pavillon
In 2015, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC also launched Les Lundis du Pavillon: one Monday a month, this gathering, which is open to the general public, combines performances, concerts and videos – a not-to-be-missed rendezvous for artists and a vital experimental platform - which constantly pushes the boundaries of originality and risk-taking.
Last but not least, the Pavillon Neuflize OBC residency is:
- A monthly grant;
- A residence-studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris;
- Use of a shared workspace at the Palais de Tokyo (office-type space with a video editing station);
- Payment of all programme-related expenses (travel and accommodation outside Paris, production of artworks related to the exhibitions, research budget).
The latest news from the Pavillon
This year the Pavillon travels to Athens in parallel to Documenta 14 to carry out a choreographic project under the direction of Andonis Foniadakis. In collaboration with dancers of the Greek scene, artists in residence question the notion of community. So the ambition is to invent, the time of an experience of collective creation, a fictitious us as a way of escaping the assigned identities. Partenaires : Flux Laboratory et Fondation Fluxum.
The projects - From November 2016 to June 2017
Pour sa rentrée, le Pavillon présente le dernier film de Cecile B. Evans, prolongé par Imaginary Club Experience, une expérience musicale immersive hybride entre set électronique live et réalité virtuelle sonore.
Thanks to the Pavillon’s partners
Banque Neuflize OBC
The Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the Institut Français and the Cité internationale des arts.