Événement : Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans

Entitled "Walking in the dream of another", the first Orléans Architecture Biennale (45) will animate the city until 26 April 2018. Led by Abdelkader Damani, director of Frac Center-Val de-Loire and architect Luca Galofaro, the event introduces visitors to the collection of the Regional Contemporary Art Fund and rediscover the work of architect Patrick Bouchain.

At a time when the Biennials and Triennales flourish, what distinguishes the first Orléans Architecture Biennial from its peers? Defined by its curator as "collection", the event navigates through the memories, whether they are constituted - such as FRAC collections exhibited throughout the city - or in the making - thanks to the tributes paid to the invited architects.

Conceived as a utopian journey, the event allows the Orleans population as well as fans of the discipline to rediscover the city of Joan of Arc with a fresh eye.
Thus, the esplanade of the media library - made by Dominique Lyon in 1994 -, is associated with an installation of the transalpine studio 2A + P / A materializing in particular a drawing of the designer Ettore Sottsass, Architetturra Monumentale. Then go to the Turbulences, art center combining old renovated 19th century military buildings and contemporary pavilion realized by Jakob + MacFarlane in 2006, where multiple exhibitions follow one another. The visitor discovers various topics, ranging from the monograph devoted to Patrick Bouchain to the presentation of experimental projects, through an artistic investment of the only room by the Pole of exploration of urban resources (PERU) which gathers data administrative offices of the Calais Jungle (62).


Direction now downtown. Through Joan of Arc Street lined with flags imagined by artists and architects from all walks of life, here we are on the forecourt of the cathedral, welcoming for its part The islets, three monoliths made by Claude Parent for the Domaine du Muy in 2010 then acquired by the Fund at his death last year. A visit to the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, in the historic city, then plunges us into a universe both confusing and attractive, which confronts the classic stone structure of the church to a stream of contemporary works, ranging from abstract paintings by José Maria Yturralde to the sound installations of Bernard Khoury, as well as the video projections made by the Americans of OBRA Architects.

The trip ends not far away, at the Vinaigreries Dessaux, industrial wasteland invested by graffiti artists and street-artists, who are transformed, under the impulse of the students of the ENSA de Nantes (44), into a hybrid site. Located between the temple of digital and technology where films are projected by the students - and green meadow, with its freshly mown grass, this funny space concludes the walk imagined by Abdelkader Damani and Luca Galofaro.
A dreamlike Biennale, where the multitude of mediums and places of exhibition invite the spectators to dream of an extraordinary architecture or to contemplate the works of architects also extraordinary.

First Biennale of Architecture of Orleans (45), until 26 April 2018, in all the city.

To learn more, visit the site of the Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans.


1) Guy Rottier, House for Ben, Nice, 1974-1988 © François Lauginie, Frac Collection Center-Val de Loire
2) Frac Center-Loire Valley © DR
3-4) Pavilion 2A + P / A © Ludovic Letot
5) Frac Center-Loire Valley © DR
6) Blaise Adilon
7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) FRAC Center-Loire Valley © DR
13) Chanéac, Alligator city, 1968 - Frac Collection Center-Loire Valley © DR
14-15) Saint-Pierre Collegiate Church, Frac Center-Loire Valley © DR
15) The Vinaigreries Dessaux, Frac Center-Loire Valley © DR

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