La Triennale 2012: Intense Proximity19/06/2012
From April through August, La Triennale 2012 brings a major exhibition of contemporary art to the newly renovated and expanded Palais de Tokyo and seven other institutions throughout greater Paris, under the banner "Intense Proximity".
Featuring over 130 contributors, Intense Proximity draws upon the fields of visual art, ethnography, anthropology, cinema, literature, music, and performance, and explores the connections between artistic practice and the writing of culture throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition takes as one of its points of departure the critical legacy of the first half of twentieth century ethnography and the continued fascination in contemporary art with exploring ethnographic poetics.
Notable figures include Marc Allégret, André Gide, Marcel Griaule, Wifredo Lam, Pierre Verger, Walker Evans, and Claude Lévi-Strauss, in a showcase that emphasizes synchronic points of convergence among these names and their work. La Triennale 2012 marks the reopening of all three floors of the Palais de Tokyo, which has been refurbished by architects Lacaton & Vassal. Significantly, Intense Proximity also reaches beyond the Palais de Tokyo through its collaborations with seven other institutions in Paris and the surrounding region, including Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Galliera – musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Grand Palais, Instants Chavirés, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, and the Musée du Louvre.