The Serpentine Gallery presents A meeting with Alain Robbe-Grillet

The Serpentine Gallery presents A meeting with Alain Robbe-Grillet


September 12, 2007
The Serpentine Gallery presents A meeting with Alain Robbe-Grillet

15 – 16 September

A weekend celebration with Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham, Carsten Höller, Sarah Morris and many more.

The UK premiere of Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle), 2006.

Leading artists including Michel Auder, Miriam Bäckström, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham, Philippe Rahm, Sarah Morris, Runa Islam, Carsten Höller, and Cerith Wyn Evans will join the eminent writer and director Alain Robbe-Grillet for a weekend of discussions, films and readings at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the Institut français on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. The premiere of Robbe-Grillet’s latest film Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle), 2006 at 9pm on Saturday night at the Serpentine Pavilion, will be complemented by a month-long retrospective of his films at the Institut français (9 – 30 September).

A master of the Nouveau Roman, Robbe-Grillet is celebrated for novels such as Les Gommes, (The Erasers) Le Voyeur [The Voyeur) and La Jalousie (Jealousy). In the UK he is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Alain Resnais on the film L’Année Dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad), a key film of the Nouvelle Vague which won the Lion D’Or at the 1961 Venice Film Festival.

Robbe-Grillet’s books and films have been, for many decades, a major source of inspiration for artists and filmmakers. During the 1960s, he was affiliated with the Pop Art movement and his followers included Sol LeWitt, Robert Smithson and Dan Graham. Today his supporters include Liam Gillick, Carsten Höller and Rem Koolhaas.

Many of these artists will join Robbe-Grillet for a lively weekend and a timely celebration of his work lead by the Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist and French art critic and curator Jean-Max Colard.

Listings information:

Saturday 15 September, 5 – 10 pm

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

5 pm Event opens with tributes to Alain Robbe-Grillet from Michel Auder, Miriam Bäckström, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham, Philippe Rahm, Sarah Morris, Runa Islam, Carsten Höller, and Cerith Wyn Evans.

7 pm Alain Robbe-Grillet in conversation followed by the UK premier screening of Gradiva (C’est Gradiva qui vous appelle), 2006.

Sunday 16 September, 2 – 7 pm

Institut Français, Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT

2 pm Screening: L’Eden et après, Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1971 (new print). In French with English subtitles.

5 – 7 pm Presentation of the Longstanding EIDAR Art Center project: Artists in Conversations with Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Featuring Alain Robbe-Grillet in conversation with Jean-Max Colard, Hans Ulrich Obrist and guests.

Tickets can also be purchased from the Gallery Lobby Desk

Note to Editors:

Last Year at the Serpentine is part of the Serpentine Gallery’s Park Nights series in and around the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, of the architectural practice Snøhetta.

The Pavilion is open 10am – 6pm daily, and until 10pm on Fridays. Admission is free.

For more information and images please contact:

Rose Dempsey 020 7298 1520, [email protected]

or Tom Coupe 020 7298 1528, [email protected]

Institut Français: Natacha Antolini on 020 7073 1365 or [email protected]

Park Nights Supported by: The Annenberg Foundation, Norwegian Embassy, Royal Commission. With kind assistance from Embassy of Denmark. Media Partner: the guardian.

Alain Robbe-Grillet Weekend is supported by: imec abbaye d’ardenne, institut francais

In association with Les Inrockuptibles


Alain Robbe-Grillet

Copyright: 1994 Catherine Robbe-Grillet

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