Comme un parfum d’aventure ("With a Hint of Adventure") is an exhibition directly inspired by the recent collective, worldwide experience of confinement, which was imposed more or less simultaneously for health reasons on the majority of people on the planet. Its main thrust is an exploration of the question of travel, whether impeded or imposed, voluntary or provoked, individually or in a group, and the consequences of it for those affected. It takes the form of an investigation across history, drawing on the collections of the Lyon Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d'Art Contemporain (macLYON). Alongside these works, the exhibition juxtaposes works borrowed or specifically created by artists living in France, not to say geographically close to macLYON. The experience of moving through the exhibition and viewing the works is designed to encourage visitors to reflect on the links between political ideologies, economic systems, climate change and migration flows.
This new collaboration between macLYON and the Musée des Beaux-Arts is one of a series of initiatives by the Lyon Art Museums in active support of the French art scene.
With artworks by Marina Abramović & Ulay, Vito Acconci, Giulia Andreani, Ismaïl Bahri, Zbyněk Baladrán, Fabienne Ballandras, François Bellay, Laura Ben Haïba et Rémi De Chiara, Louis-Antoine Beysson, Guillaume Bijl, Claude Bonnefond, Arièle Bonzon, Eugène Boudin, Victor Brauner, Thibault Brunet, Nidhal Chamekh, Lucie Chaumont, Paul Chenavard, Ali Cherri, Joseph Cornell, Christine Crozat, Marc Desgrandchamps, Theresia Deslandes, Jean Dubuffet, Antoine Duclaux, Gaëlle Foray, Jean-François Gavoty, Hans Hartung, Philippe-Auguste Hennequin, Jean Jullien, Nicolas Jullien, Smaïl Kanouté, Géraldine Kosiak, Raymond Lafage, Wifredo Lam, Prosper Marilhat, Henri Matisse, Florent Meng, Claude Monet, Charles-Louis Muller, Yoko Ono, Panamarenko, Jean-Xavier Renaud, Fleury Richard, Peter Robinson, Clara Saracho de Almeida, Chloé Serre, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Lise Stoufflet, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Benjamin Testa, Barthélémy Toguo, Warlukurlangu, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Erwin Wurm, William Wyld, Carmelo Zagari, Zohreh Zavareh, Radouan Zeghidour...
Nom de l'artisteGuilia Andreani
Nom de l'artisteFabienne Ballandras
Nom de l'artisteLaura Ben Haïba and Rémi de Chiara
Nom de l'artisteArièle Bonzon
Nom de l'artisteThibault Brunet
Nom de l'artisteNidhal Chamekh
Nom de l'artisteLucie Chaumont
Nom de l'artisteAli Cherri
Nom de l'artisteChristine Crozat
Nom de l'artisteMarc Desgrandchamps
Nom de l'artisteGaëlle Foray
Nom de l'artisteJean Jullien
Nom de l'artisteNicolas Jullien
Nom de l'artisteSmaïl Kanouté
Nom de l'artisteGéraldine Kosiak
Nom de l'artisteFlorent Meng
Nom de l'artisteJean-Xavier Renaud
Nom de l'artisteClara Saracho de Almeida
Nom de l'artisteChloé Serre
Nom de l'artisteJakob Kudsk Steensen
Nom de l'artisteLise Stoufflet
Nom de l'artisteBenjamin Testa
Nom de l'artisteZohreh Zavareh
Nom de l'artisteRadouan Zeghidour
Born in Venice (Italy) in 1985, she graduated from Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. She lives in Paris.
Giulia Andreani works from photographs found in magazines, archives and history books to create her works in watercolour and acrylic. Her chromatic range is restricted to Payne’s grey, which gives the work a classical look.
Born in Lyon in 1968, she graduated from École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. She lives in Lyon.
Fabienne Ballandras’s first works after her studies focused on the landscape from an ecological point of view. Her photographic series usually give the viewer two ways of exploring them: one spatial, the other more event-driven.
Born in Villeurbanne in 1986 and born in Annemasse in 1987, they graduated from École supérieure d’Art & Design de Saint-Étienne. They live in Lyon.
Laura Ben Haïba and Rémi De Chiara are the pilots of super F-97, an artist-run space and independent experimental micro exhibition-space created in a 1997 Ford Escort.
Born in Mâcon in 1955. She lives and works between Lyon and Mâcon.
The movement that is characteristic of the series Passer. Désert aller retour (2002-2005) is an example of how the artist pursues a flow that she seeks to capture. This series of colour and black and white photographs of the Moroccan desert captures the dislocation between what the passing artist perceives and the impression of eternity that emanates from the place.
Born in Montélimar in 1982, he graduated from École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes. He lives in Paris.
Thibault Brunet quickly became known for his studies of landscapes in video games. Since then, he has been travelling in the confines of virtual worlds armed with the camera of his avatar.
Born in Dahmani (Tunisia) in 1985, he graduated from Institut supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Tunis and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He lives between Tunis and Paris.
By creating dialogues between archival images from different sources, Nidhal Chamekh analyses the mechanisms of the Western gaze on non-Western populations as they have been shaped by ethnographic research.
Born in Médéa (Algeria) in 1976, she graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. She lives in Barnave.
Lucie Chaumont draws inspiration from current affairs, which she archives methodically in order to incorporate them into her work. She is a proponent of economy of means, working in sculpture, photography and pencil drawing.
Born in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1976, he graduated from Academy of Theatre and Dance (Amsterdam University of the Arts) and American University of Beirut. He lives between Beirut and Paris.
His installation The Flying Machine, which is on display in the exhibition, reflects on the first fantasies about flight, from Abbas Ibn Firnas to Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright brothers.
Born in Lyon in 1952, she graduated from École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. She lives between Lyon and Paris.
“I live and work in Paris, Lyon and in the TGV,» says Christine Crozat. «I draw, I make prints, wallpaper, installations, sculpture objects, and videos with Pierre Thomé. I am a travelling artist, interested in what arises out of movement and journeys. I have been living in two cities since the 1990s."
Born in Mâcon in 1978, she graduated from École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg. She lives in Hauteville-Lompnes.
Gaëlle Foray constructs genre scenes, landscapes, and portraits, often combining stone and images. She keeps her practice as close as possible to her surroundings. Committed to the cause of biodiversity and in particular the landscapes of Hauteville, she creates mineral landscapes that interrogate the problems of today’s consumer society.
Born in Cholet in 1983, he completed a graphic design degree in Quimper before moving to London. He has since graduated from Central Saint Martins (2008) and from the Royal College of Art (2010). He lives in Paris.
His practice ranges from painting and illustration to photography, video, costume, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.
Born in Paris in 1986, he graduated from École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. He lives in Paris.
Smaïl Kanouté describes himself as a «choreo-graphic artist», because dance and graphic design are inseparable elements of his creative process. His paintings as well as his stage sets are recognizable by their expressive motifs, a kind of modern, abstract alphabet, which he brings to life with his body.
Born in Lons-le-Saunier in 1969, she graduated from École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon where she teaches drawing. She lives in Lyon.
Géraldine Kosiak was in residency at the Villa Kujoyama in 2012-2013, and at the Villa Médicis in 2014. She has taken part in many exhibitions in France and abroad.
Born in Paris in 1982, he graduated from HEAD, Geneva and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He lives in Annemasse.
Videographer and photographer, Florent Meng is developing a hybrid oeuvre around resilient figures and forms. He is interested in populations, examining the way in which a particular geographical area affects the behaviour of the communities and how, in turn, attitudes and customs can forge the identity of a geographical area and a population.
Born in Woippy in 1977, he graduated from École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg. He lives in Hauteville-Lompnes.
Jean-Xavier Renaud has made himself a chronicler of his environment. His work is anti-conformist and profoundly political, making light of socio-cultural codes and good taste through fictitious, symbolic scenes.
Born in Pamplona (Spain) in 1990, she graduated from Escola Superior de Belas-Artes do Porto and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. She lives between Paris and Porto.
Clara Saracho de Almeida has appropriated traditional measuring tools, the history of scientific discoveries, and myths, in order to experiment with physical elements. She revisits founding principles which, over time, have forged our apprehension and conception of space: the polarity and roundness of the Earth, gravity and balance.
Born in Saint-Étienne in 1986, she graduated from École supérieure d’Art et de Design de Saint-Étienne. She lives in Lyon.
Chloé Serre’s work is as influenced as it is enriched by her reading of theorists such as Donna Haraway and Erving Goffman. Her practice is performative and places the body at the centre of questionings that are a means for her to reveal how we behave in society.
Born in Copenhagen (Denmark) in 1987, he graduated from Art. Copenhagen University and from Central Saint Martins, London. He lives in New York.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen produces video and virtual reality installations with the help of musicians and professional experts in the fields of natural history, ornithology and architecture.
Born in Chatenay-Malabry in 1989, she graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. She lives in Paris.
Lise Stoufflet’s painting, drawing and ceramics give shape to scenes in which reality and fiction are intertwined. A disturbing beauty emanates from her works on canvas, which, although apparently classical in style, are somehow fraught with ambiguity.
Born in Oullins in 1987, he graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He lives between Dubaï and Lyon.
In his works, Benjamin Testa explores space and the representation of space with works that evoke what is experienced through the senses. By placing his works in public space, the artist reinvents modes of habitat with each new creation.
Born in Tehran (Iran) in 1985, she graduated from École supérieure d’Art de Clermont Métropole. She lives in Lyon.
Zohreh Zavareh’s artistic practice is informed by the theatre and its visual codes. Objects of everyday life come to life and tell us things about the world around us.
Born in Paris in 1989, he graduated from École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He lives in Paris.
Radouan Zeghidour finds underground urban spaces highly rewarding places to be. His artistic practice is devoted to these inaccessible, isolated or abandoned locations in which he creates unauthorized installations.
Science and mythology agree on one essential point: it was by moving around that human beings began their adventure on earth. They have travelled a long way since then. They have explored most of the globe and have always yearned to conquer the sky and space. Although Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of movement, infinite limitations and laws seem to have been written to ensure that everyone remains within their own territory. The general lockdown, which a majority of the human race experienced in the spring of 2020, reminded us all how difficult it is to be deprived of the right to freedom of movement. At the same time, it highlighted and even exacerbated social inequalities, which were particularly reflected in unequal access to travel.
The experience of travel, whether of people’s own volition or forced upon them, has been constructed for this exhibition from the collections of the Musée d’art Contemporain (macLYON) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, and also through an invitation to more than twenty artists working in France and more particularly in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The exhibition takes the form of an investigation into the movement of people. It looks at myths and conquests, the regulation of movement through frontiers, political ideologies, economic systems and the major migratory movements that are closely linked to those systems, as well as the impact of climate change on increasingly large-scale population flows.
The relationship between humans and their environment has become more important than ever. This, of course, begs the question of the body as an immediate and ontological entity, because freedom of movement is also the freedom to become Other.
At a time when frontiers have been erected again and freedom of movement has been so easily suspended, the violence we all felt in France as we filled out our justification-for-being-outside-the-house forms is directly associated with national, or even nationalistic strategies. Irrespective of the rightness of a response to a health crisis, such arbitrariness illustrates the fragility of political achievements, as well as the predominantly collective nature of the phenomenon. Is freedom a matter of geography? Is it to do with time? Is it negotiable?
Comme un parfum d’aventure [With a Hint of Adventure] explores what the experience of travel has represented, from the past to the present, and addresses the effects on the imagination of forced mobility and restrictions on movement. An examination of the limits and possibilities of this right which is considered essential is also a way of interrogating the influence and impact that individuals have on their environment, and vice versa.
The exhibition is conceived as a chronological and thematic journey that begins with the discovery of the world. It deals with the political aspects of the movement of people for cultural, religious or holiday reasons, the body in collective space, the experience of lockdown and how to get the body moving again. The exhibition also explores how, when their relationship to the world has been constrained, artists have used memory and experience to renegotiate their relationship to the territory, remapping it and occupying other dimensions.
Marilou Laneuville and Matthieu Lelièvre, Exhibition curators