Palais de Tokyo | Hors les Murs

September 12 —October 29, 2017

EXPO CHICAGO with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Institut français and The DuSable Museum of African American History, in partnership with Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, announced The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum as the official location for a large-scale, off-site exhibition project and official program to open in Chicago as the kick-off for the sixth edition of EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 13-17, 2017). The first U.S. satellite exhibition of Palais de Tokyo, as part of their broader worldwide Hors les Murs initiative, will open during EXPO ART WEEK on September 12 and run concurrently during the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (Sept. 16-January 7, 2018) through October 29, 2017.  

Curated by the Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès, the group exhibition will present emerging artists from both the French and Chicago art scenes, focusing on the dialogue between architecture and artistic process. Utilizing the raw, historic space of the Roundhouse, a 17,000-sq. ft. building built in 1881 by Burnham and Root, one of Chicago's most famous architectural companies of the nineteenth century, the exhibition will explore the experience of a space and its transformation into an artistic gesture that conducts the viewer’s experience. The Chicago iteration of the Palais de Tokyo’s Hors Les Murs will emphasize the relationship between the space of the Roundhouse, and the selected artists’ site-specific works (to be announced at a later date). Working in collaboration with Andrew Schachman, a Chicago-based Guest Designer nominated by the Graham Foundation, Jaffrès will invite artists with a connection to France and Chicago to conceive newly commissioned installations—both as works of art and spaces able to welcome the work by other artists.

The satellite exhibition during EXPO CHICAGO is the first iteration of a new international three year-program developed by Palais de Tokyo and Institut français. The program aims to build special operations to shed light on a new generation of artists and to support their first presence in new territories. Each operation will take place in the context of major international art events, such as a biennial or fair. This new programming initiative is supported by the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.