huma bhabha & thomas hirschhorn in la triennale, palais de toyko, paris

20 April 2012
20 April - 26 August 2012

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce that gallery artists, Huma Bhabha and Thomas Hirschhorn, will be participating in the 3rd edition of the contemporary art triennial exhibition that will move from the nave of the Grand Palais into the open galleries of the Palais de Tokyo and greater Paris. Through the concept of 'Intense Proximity' La Triennale will investigate what it means to be active as an artist working today, in the context of a globalized and diverse French art scene.

Featuring over 130 contributors, Intense Proximity draws upon the fields of visual art, ethnography, anthropology, cinema, literature, music, and performance, and explores the connections between artistic practice and thewriting of culture throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition takes as one of its points of departure the critical legacy of the first half of twentieth century ethnography and the continued fascination in contemporary art with exploring ethnographic poetics.

Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor proposes a broad, stimulating panorama of contemporary art. Aiming to explore potential areas of dialogue between various artistic disciplines and cultural scenes, he will work in close collaboration with a team of four associate curators, all passionately involved in the contemporary art scene on which they have their own personal take : Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émilie Renard and Claire Staebler.

La Triennale 2012 marks the reopening of all three floors of the Palais de Tokyo, which has been refurbished by architects Lacaton & Vassal. Significantly, Intense Proximity also reaches beyond the Palais de Tokyo through its collaborations with seven other institutions in Paris and the surrounding region, including Bétonsalon - Centre for art and research, Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Galliera - musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Grand Palais, Instants Chavirés, LesLaboratoires d'Aubervilliers, and the Musée du Louvre.

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