April 6, 2018 - Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme - Assemblée
April 6, 2018

Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme

View of the exhibition Assemblée, The art centre's 25th anniversary, CAC - la synagogue de Delme, 2018. Photo: O.H.Dancy. From left to right: works by Delphine Coindet, Rometti Costales, Julien Prévieux. 

The art centre's 25th anniversary
March 17–May 20, 2018

Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme
33 Rue Raymond Poincaré
57590 Delme

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The Cinema House: March 17–May 20, Screenings every Saturday and Sunday at the Gue(ho)st House 
Screening with Q&A: April 14, 2–6pm, Le déparleur (2012), by Olive Martin and Patrick Bernier 
Concert: May 13, 4:30–6pm, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Thomas Tilly 
Screening with Q&A: May 19–20, What Shall We Do Next (Sequence #2) (2014) by Julien Prévieux 
Performance: May 20, 4pm, Dominique Gilliot


With: Eva Barto, Eric Baudelaire, Berdaguer & Péjus, Katinka Bock, Mathieu Copeland, Delphine Coindet, Colouring Tour, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Edith Dekyndt, Yona Friedman, Dominique Gilliot, Christian Hidaka, Violaine Lochu, Chloé Maillet & Louise Hervé, Etienne Pressager, Julien Prévieux, Rometti Costales, Clément Rodzielski, Eva Taulois, Capucine Vandebrouck 

Films by: Eric Baudelaire, Joëlle de la Casinière, Philippe Decrauzat, Eitan Efrat & Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Anne-Charlotte Finel, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Yona Friedman, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Susan Hiller, Olive Martin & Patrick Bernier, Falke Pisano, Julien Prévieux, Jimmy Robert 
and films about: Daniel Buren, Tadashi Kawamata (© a.p.r.e.s Production)

This exhibition charts a path through 25 years of history at the Synagogue de Delme, an art centre that is unusual, no less for its geographic location than for its history, a precious and rare art venue for artists from around the world, whom it has never stopped welcoming. Assemblée brings together around 20 of the artists who have exhibited at Delme, as well as artists who have done Lidre-Basse residencies, which have been an integral part of the art centre’s missions since 2002. 

The exhibition embraces the whole range of practices, gestures and stories, echoing the artistic and intellectual lifeblood that has kept the Synagogue de Delme’s heart beating for a quarter of a century. 

The exhibition’s title, Assemblée, refers to what the nature of the Synagogue de Delme has been since the beginning: a gathering place, an agora, a site of shared words and discussions, a polyphonic place where singularities meet. Assemblée also expresses the institution’s goodwill towards its visitors and artists, for whom the art centre remains a home of thought, action and freedom. 

The exhibition presents existing works as well as new productions, like the custom sound installation that Violaine Lochu designed for the site’s acoustics, filling the space with the chanting of powerful, mystical female voices. And Capucine Vandebrouck is presenting two almost invisible installations that secretly disrupt the look of the place. 

Voices, spirits, altered consciousness, byways, sinuous lines—the exhibition reflects other ways of looking and perceiving. Dominique Gilliot’s work is hidden in the exhibition, Chloé Maillet and Louise Hervé’s serial novel is inserted in the local newspaper, while Eva Taulois’s work is worn around the neck. Some works question the economics of relations between artists, viewers and modes of production: the gift and counter-gift in the case of Katinka Bock, theft in that of Eva Barto, bankruptcy in that of Cool Balducci. From Rometti Costales’s flag of magical anarchism to Yona Friedman’s darkly humorous tale of democracy, to the revolutionary lyricism of Delphine Coindet’s phylactery, the exhibition is ultimately an echo chamber of poetical forms of the political.

Marie Cozette


Alongside the exhibition, the art centre is offering a programme of artist films every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 

April 7: Yona Friedman, Gribouillis, 1980-1990 
April 8: Yona Friedman, Films d’animation, 1960-1963 
April 14: Olive Martin & Patrick Bernier, Le déparleur, 2012 (Q&A at 4:30pm)
April 15: Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Conversation with a cactus, 2015
April 21: Chloé Maillet & Louise HervéUn projet important, 2009 
April 22: Jimmy Robert, Descendances du nu, 2016 
April 28: Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics (langage), 2016 
April29: Joëlle de la Casinière, La première partie du Roi Henri IV de double v Shakespeare: Une analogie, 1972 
May 5: Susan Hiller, The J.Street Project, 2002-2005 
May 6: Susan Hiller, The J.Street Project, 2002-2005 
May 12: Tadashi Kawamata, Works & Process (Films by Gilles Coudert and Tadashi Kawamata) 
May 13: Philippe Decrauzat, Mires, 2014 
May 19: Julien Prévieux, What shall we do next (sequence #2), 2014 (Q&A at 4:30pm)
May 20: Julien Prévieux, What shall we do next (sequence #2), 2014 


Press contact


The CAC - la synagogue de Delme receives the support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication - DRAC Grand Est, the Moselle Department Council, the Grand Est Regional Council, the Communauté de Communes of Saulnois and the Commune of Delme.

The art centre is a member of d.c.a / French association for the development of centres d’art, LoRA — Contemporary Art Network, and the Arts en résidence — French national network.

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