Published by: Virginie Burnet - L'art en plus | 28-Sep-2016
Site specific installation in the basin of the esplanade between the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of modern art of the city of Paris. Curator : Adélaïde Blanc. A SAM Art Projects production. With the support of Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France, France-Lanord & Bichaton et Rocamat Pierre naturelle
Venue: Palais de Tokyo
Address: Paris
Date: Saturday October 1st (02/10/16 "“ 18/12/16)
Time: from 07:00 pm to 00:00 am
For his first solo exhibition in France, which opens as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, Rodrigo Braga (born in 1976 in Manaus, Brazil, lives in Rio de Janeiro) is occupying the ornamental pond on the esplanade between Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In the midst of the capital, his monumental installation reveals tangible traces of the prehistoric sea that covered this territory some 45 million years ago.

The relationships of communion and conflict between mankind and untamed nature lie at the heart of Rodrigo Braga's performances and installations. Since the early 2000s, his films and photographs have borne witness to the actions and interventions he has carried out, generally in the wilds. Invited to make use of the mineral landscape of the esplanade of Palais de Tokyo, Rodrigo Braga has created an enclaved sea, from which limestone rocks emerge. These sandy-coloured stones, with their familiar appearance, come from quarries used for the construction of a large number of buildings in Paris. Crisscrossed with concave and convex fossil markings, they bear witness to the teeming aquatic life that thrived in the basin of Paris, several million years ago.

In order to meet the challenges of Rodrigo Braga's large scale installation (more than 40 m3 of stones weighing between 500 kg and 6 tons based on a historic square), SAM Art Projects has surrounded itself with partners: Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de- France, France - Lanord & Bichaton and Rocamat Pierre naturelle. Historical partner of SAM Art Projects monumental exhibitions, Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France is mobilizing its teams and facilities to make the most ambitious art projects feasible.

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