Second phase of Solaris Chronicles

Second phase of Solaris Chronicles

Luma Foundation

Solaris Chronicles, Atelier de la Mécanique, Arles, France. Photo © Hervé Hôte.

July 3, 2014

Frank Gehry
Solaris Chronicles

Until 28 September 2014

Atelier de la Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers
Hours: Daily 10–19h
Free admissionfor residents of Arles

LUMA Arles presents the second phase of Solaris Chronicles.

Commissioned and produced by the LUMA Foundation, the exhibition is on view at the Atelier de la Mécanique, located on the 20-acre LUMA Arles campus in Arles, France. The show will feature new contributions by Cai Guo-Qiang and David Lynch evolving around large-scale models of a number of Frank Gehry’s seminal works. A collaboration among artists, Solaris Chronicles is emblematic of LUMA Arles, a new institution dedicated to creative exchange and artistic production.
An ever-evolving exhibition, the second phase of Solaris Chronicles will continue to explore the ways in which varying forms of visual art shape and influence the spaces in which they are presented. David Lynch will show a new series of photographs in response to Gehry’s work, and Cai Guo-Qiang will conceive a pyrotechnical staging within the premises of the exhibition on 6 July. The second phase will also include the model of the new Facebook West Campus Building in Menlo Park, USA, in addition to models of the Loyola Law School and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao and Abu Dhabi, Brooklyn-Atlantic Yards project, and the National Art Museum of China.
These large-scale models of Gehry’s work are situated within a changing mise-en-scène created by artists, presenting an exhibition in constant motion. Solaris Chronicles opened with interventions by John Baldessari, Pierre Boulez, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, and Tino Sehgal to which the new group of artists is being added. These and other artistic gestures are conceived as homages, extensions and revisions. The exhibition aims to transform the usual relationship between an architect and artists, offering other possibilities for collaboration between practitioners in the two fields. It also reflects Gehry’s own cross-disciplinary range, and his collaborations with musicians, filmmakers and writers.
Upon viewing the first incarnation of Solaris Chronicles, Gehry said “It is fascinating for me to see the interplay of my models with the work of other artists. Solaris Chronicles, and LUMA Arles itself, demonstrates the extraordinary creativity that is unleashed when artists from across disciplines work together. These models have a sense of movement I couldn’t have imagined–
I never thought I would have the opportunity to see them dance.”

The first phase of Solaris Chronicles, which opened in April, coincided with the groundbreaking for the new Arts Resource Center designed by Frank Gehry—the centerpiece of the LUMA Arles campus.
Solaris Chronicles
With Frank Gehry, John Baldessari, Nicolas Becker and Djengo Hartlap, Pierre Boulez, Liam Gillick, Cai Guo-Qiang, David Lynch, Greg Lynn, Philippe Parreno, Asad Raza, Tino Sehgal
Curated by Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno in collaboration with the LUMA Arles Core Team.

Commissioned and produced by the LUMA Foundation.

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