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Spacial City : an architecture of idealism · 2010

Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit

Cao Fei, Whose utopia, 2006. Vidéo, couleur, son. Collection du frac ile-de-france. © DR
Cao Fei, Whose utopia, 2006. Vidéo, couleur, son. Collection du frac ile-de-france. © DR

Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism is the first presentation of the collections of the Regional Contemporary Art Fonds in the United States. Combining all the Fracs, this exhibition will circulate throughout 2010 between three cities of the Middle West: Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit.

The exhibition was conceived on a carte blanche principle entrusted to Nicholas Frank, head of exhibitions at Inova (Institute of Visual Arts) in Milwaukee and general curator of Spatial City. It brings together an international and multi-generational group of artists - giving pride of place to those living in France- with forty works and a dozen video programs.

The exhibition starts with Yona Friedman’s theoretical work on architecture. In the post-war context, they have influenced generations of French thinkers and conceptual artists who respond to his drawings as well as to so many philosophical constructions worthy of exploration, explanation and debate. For Nicholas Frank, if architecture is present in the exhibition, it is less as a practice than
as a way of looking at the world. Thus, it is above all the posterity of the thought of Yona Friedman - according to which, notably, the city is made with the experience of the inhabitants while the architect proposes a form or a framework to the uses- that crosses the exhibition.

Spatial City : An Architecture of Idealism a circulé entre trois villes du Middle West :
Milwaukee • 5 février-18 avril 2010 - Institut des arts visuels (Inova)
Chicago • 23 mai-8 août 2010 - Hyde Park Art Center
Detroit • 10 septembre-26 décembre 2010 - Musée d’art contemporain (MOCAD)

  • Lida Abdul, Elisabeth Ballet, Yves Bélorgey, Pierre Berdaguer, Marie Péjus, Monica Bonvicini, Jeff Carter, Maurizio Cattelan / Philippe Parreno, Jordi Colomer, François Dallegret, Peter Downsbrough, Philippe Durand, Jimmie Durham, Robert Filliou, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Yona Friedman, Martha Friedman, Séverine Hubard, Stefan Kern, Bertrand Lamarche, Didier Marcel, François Morellet, Sarah Morris, Juan Muñoz, Stéphanie Nava, Philippe Ramette, Kristina Solomoukha, Tatiana Trouvé, herman de vries, Stephen Wetzel.


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