Solaris Chronicles

Solaris Chronicles

Luma Foundation

John Baldessari, Laughing Man / Architecture / Angry Man, 1984.

April 1, 2014

Solaris Chronicles
5 April–26 October 2014

Atelier de la Mécanique
Parc des Ateliers

To celebrate the groundbreaking of a new building designed by Frank Gehry within the Parc des Ateliers in Arles (France), the LUMA Foundation presents Solaris Chronicles.

The exhibition brings together models of Gehry’s seminal projects, selected by Maja Hoffmann and Frank Gehry, including the Loyola Law School and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao and Abu Dhabi, the Brooklyn-Atlantic Yards, the National Art Museum of China, and the forthcoming Facebook Headquarters in London and Dublin.

These large-scale models will be situated within a changing mise-en-scene created by artists, presenting an exhibition in constant motion. Over the course of six months interventions will also be made by leading practitioners in the areas of music, architecture, choreography and theory. These and other artistic gestures are conceived as homages, extensions and revisions. The exhibition aims to transform the usual relation between an architect and artists, offering other possibilities for collaboration between practitioners of the two fields. It also reflects Gehry’s own cross-disciplinary range, and his collaborations with musicians, filmmakers, and writers.

“The arts are inspirational to each other, I find,” said Gehry. “They were my kind of early support system when I was doing my initial work.”

Established by Maja Hoffmann and advised by a core group—Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, Beatrix Ruf, and Hans Ulrich Obrist—LUMA Arles promotes challenging artistic projects, combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.

In reference to the LUMA Arles project, philosopher Michel Serres said, “it could very well be today’s fundamental evolution of art, which means coming back to an inspiration that was quite a traditional one: to open oneself up to living species, to open up to life and to nature.”

The LUMA Foundation’s campus will bring to Arles and the Camargue region an interdisciplinary centre for the production of exhibitions, research, education and archives.

Solaris Chronicles
With Frank Gehry, John Baldessari, Nicolas Becker and Djengo Hartlap, Pierre Boulez, Lucinda Childs, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Cai Guo Qiang, David Lynch, Greg Lynn, Philippe Parreno, Asad Raza, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Tino Sehgal, Rirkrit Tiravanija

Curated by Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno, with the support of the LUMA Arles core group.
Produced by Asad Raza with Marc Baettig.
Image by John Baldessari.
Graphic concept by Liam Gillick.
Commissioned and produced by the LUMA Foundation.

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