September 24, 2007 - Palais de Tokyo - The Third Mind
September 24, 2007

The Third Mind

The Third Mind

Show opens Thursday September 27, 2007
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: press visit
From 6 p.m. to midnight: public opening
Opening night musical selection by Vincent Epplay and Samon Takahashi.

Palais de Tokyo
site de création contemporaine
13, avenue du Président Wilson, PARIS

Carte Blanche to Ugo Rondinone
With: Ronald Bladen, Lee Bontecou, Martin Boyce, Joe Brainard, Valentin Carron, Vija Celmins, Bruce Conner, Verne Dawson, Jay Defeo, Trisha Donnelly, Urs Fischer, Bruno GironcoIi, Robert Gober, Nancy Grossman, Hans Josephsohn, Brion Gysin et William S. Burroughs, Toba Khedoori, Karen Kilimnik, Emma Kunz, Andrew Lord, Sarah Lucas, Hugo Markl, Cady Noland, Laurie Parsons, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Josh Smith, Paul Thek, Andy Warhol, Rebecca Warren, Sue Williams.
An innovative Carte Blanche
Giving an internationally renowned artist carte blanche is a key idea that emanates from the director of the Palais de Tokyo, Marc-Olivier Wahler. Placed at the centre of the decision-making process determining the programming of the Palais de Tokyo, the artist is free to concoct an entire exhibition. His or her vision is given an auspicious setting and sufficient time to develop into a visual arts world that is always unique. As well as offering a kind of map of the artists brain, desires and influences, giving carte blanche to an artist provides an opportunity to approach the processes of creation and aesthetic cross-referencing from a novel angle. Artists are never where we expect them to be. They look at our reality, our everyday life, but also the works of their contemporaries, in a unique and enlightened way.
A unique artistic gesture
With THE THIRD MIND, Ugo Rondinone offers us a unique journey. An MRI scan of his influences, inclinations and obsessions, the exhibition is constructed as a stroll through a brain in perpetual activity, going straight to the source of the artists references and discoveries. For the first time his gift for building systems of connections — an aptitude which has made Ugo Rondinone famous — is placed at the service of the works of other artists, not his own. The systems of connections activated as well as the artists and works chosen make THE THIRD MIND an exhibition that no curator/art historian would ever have been able to dream up.
UGO RONDINONE presents works by artists from the 1960s to the present, devoting a room, for example, to the monumental sculptures of Ronald Bladen, which he connects with Cady Noland’s silkscreens on aluminium and Nancy Grossmann’s disturbing masks.

Cut-Ups & Bad-Trips
Every Thursday Talks, Concerts, Events CUT-UPS
Opening night musical selection by Vincent Epplay and
Samon Takahashi.
September 27, 2007 / 6 pm-midnight. SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP
October 2, 2007 / 20h, reservation needed JOHN GIORNO
Performance by John Giorno.
October 4, 2007 / 7:30 pm THE THIRD MIND
October 11, 2007 / 7:30 pm THE THIRD BODY
Burroughs’ sex by Bruce Benderson.
October 18, 2007 / 7:30 pm ROBERT BREER
October 25, 2007 / 7:30 pm DREAM MACHINES
November 1 2007 / 6 pm midnight BRAIN DEAD
November 8, 2007 / 7:30 pm M.I.B
November 15, 2007 / 7:30 pm STAND-UP TRAGEDY
Performance poetry with Jorg Piringer and Bryan
November 22, 2007 / 7:30 pm BAD TRIPS
November 29, 2007 / 7:30 pm WEEDS
First season of Jenji Kohans TV hit on Canal .
December 6, 2007 / 6 pm-midnight MOLOCH
December 13, 2007 / 9 pm, reservation needed

MAGAZINE PALAIS / Special issue
Entirely made by Ugo Rondinone, this special issue of more than 300 pages is a huge cut-up of the artworks of the Third Mind. Each copy of the magazine, made thanks to a pioneering random method of production, is a unique artist book.

Brion Gysin et William S. Burroughs, The Third Mind Untitled (“W.R. Hearst, Jr”),
ca 1965 / Collection Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
Purchased with funds provided by the Hiro Yamagata Foundation
Copyright: 2006 Museum Associates / LACMA.

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