Etat du Ciel (State of the Sky), Palais de Tokyo, 2014

Find out what's in the Palais de Tokyo's new season of exhibitions and events

Harun Farocki, Transmission, 2007. © Harun Farocki

For 2014, the Palais de Tokyo will start its new programme around L’Etat du Ciel, a title borrowed from a verse by poet Victor Hugo saying ‘The state of the sky is always at night’. In a series of exhibitions, personal and collective, a dozen contemporary artists will propose reflections on the moral, physical and political factors that shape our world, and sometimes offer poetic ways to transform it.

Divided in three parts across the year, the programme will allow the visitor to see four exhibitions simultaneously, starting in Part 1 (beginning 14 February) with Georges Didi-Huberman and Arno Gisinger’s installation transposing the theme of lamentation into the language of film, and a selection of works from the performative collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. Part 2 (starting 25 April) and Part 3 (starting in June) will include a series of ten fictions by Hiroshi Sugimoto on the theme of humanity’s disappearance, Ed Atkins’ digital variations and Thomas Hirschhorn’s installation Flamme Eternelle, involving intellectuals and poets in a debate on the interconnections between art and philosophy. There will also be a festival of talks, events and performances, opening with a performance by Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi.

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