EXPO CHICAGO, Palais de Tokyo, and the Institut Français have officially teamed up to present a large-scale exhibition project as well as an official satellite program, both to be located in Chicago. It will open in Chicago during the sixth edition of the expo in September 2017 and run concurrently with during the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Led by curator Katell Jaffrès of the Palais de Tokyo, the collaborative project consists of a residency program for international and France-based artists to produce new work in Chicago. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for local and emerging architects to work with Jaffrès on the design of the exhibition space, courtesy of a partnership with The Graham Foundation, as reported in Chicago Now. The public exhibition of the residents’ work will involve a strong architectural component at a site to be announced.
The Paris-based Palais de Tokyo is the largest center for contemporary art in Europe and it maintains a strong program of exhibitions, conferences, performances, and concerts. Its collaborations with EXPO CHICAGO since 2013 have allowed internationally renowned artists such as Daniel Buren and Christian Boltanski to bring their art to the Windy City. The residency partnership will be hosted by Mana Contemporary Chicago, which serves as a home for dozens of artists of diverse disciplines, from painting and sculpture, to film, sound, and performance art. “International collaborations are at the core of EXPO CHICAGO’s mission, and I cannot be more proud of our upcoming partnership with the renowned Paris-based institution, Palais de Tokyo and Institut français,” said EXPO CHICAGO Director and President Tony Karman.