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Simon Evans

Not Not Knocking On Heaven’s Door
From 18/02/2016 to 15/05/2016

Winner of the Prix Canson® 2014

Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show in France of Simon Evans, artistic duo winners of the Prix Canson® 2014. Evans’ works mingle art and life on paper, and invite us to enter a space which recreates the maze of their minds.

Simon Evans (born in 1972 in London, lives in New York) misappropriates various characteristic tools for the objective depiction of reality, so as to compose radically subjective work. Embodying forms of dialogue between his interiority and the world, his pieces act as much as a research for the meaning to allot to individual experience, as a permanent exercise in the re-appropriation of the everyday.

Simon Evans’s solo show at Palais de Tokyo brings together a good thirty pieces, including some new productions. Materialising the labyrinthine pathways taken by the artist’s mind, they inhabit – or haunt – a domestic space similar to a show-flat, which visitors are asked to enter.

Curator: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel


Simon Evans is a duo of self-taught artists, bringing together Simon Evans (born in 1972 in London, living and working in New York.) and Sarah Lannan (born in 1984 in the USA, living and working in New York). Simon Evans was a professional skateboarder until the mid-1990s, before turning towards short-story writing. In 2006, he met the illustrator Sarah Lannan, and then went to live and work with her in Berlin for five years.

Several solo shows have been devoted to Simon Evans’ work, such as Only Words Eaten By Experience, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA (2013); How to Be Alone When You Live with Someone, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2012); How to get about, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA (2005); The Bulletin Board, White Columns, New York, USA (2005).

He has also taken part in the 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011), the 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2009) as well as the 2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA (2004). In 2014, the Prix Canson (France) was awarded to Simon Evans.

This exhibition benefits from the support of