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“Suspension, a history of abstract hanging sculpture (1918-2018)” at Palais d'Iéna, Paris

BY Camille L | 02-Oct-2018
Entitled “Suspension, a history of abstract hanging sculpture (1918-2018)”, an exceptional museum exhibition will open in Paris during the FIAC in the 1500 square meters of the Palais d’Iena from 16 to 26 October. Curated by Matthieu Poirier, in collaboration with Olivier Malingue Gallery, London (which also open a complementary exhibition in London), this museum-size exhibition is likely to be one of the main focus of the FIAC, with more than 42 historical works of art showcased within the architectural building of Auguste Perret, used here as hanging structure for the sculptures.
Venue: Palais d'Iéna
Address: 9 place d'Iéna 75016 Paris
Date: 16 - 28 October 2018
Time: 12-7 pm
Ticket: free
3D model of a view of the exhibition at the Palais d’Iéna. © Stéphane Deline/Palais d’Iéna, architecte Auguste Perret, UFSE, SAIF
This artistic category emerged at the end of the 1910s with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Alexander Rodchenko, and continued through the 1930s with Alexander Calder and Bruno Munari, expressing itself in the 1950s through the work of Soto, François Morellet, Gego, Daniel Buren, Julio Le Parc, then Sol LeWitt and Robert Morris.

It finds its contemporary continuation through the work of Xavier Veilhan, Ernesto Neto, Tomás Saraceno and Haegue Yang.

If some of these suspended works remain static, then certain works amongst them echo the principle of the “mobile,” to borrow the term formulated by Duchamp himself in 1931, regarding the first sculptures by Calder, fastened to the ceiling and given over to the invisible forces of the air. This new aesthetic typology became linked to the dynamic spatialisation of the modern gaze—as much as to the questioning of traditional modalities of display. It was thus indissociable from a zenithal hanging, that is to say, from a ceiling or from cables, and excluded all conventional systems of showcasing sculpture, such as on the ground, on a base, from brackets, from porticos or even on the wall. At the Palais d’Iéna, a veritable canopy of horizontally stretched cables will enable the vertical suspension required for these works.

Palais d’Iéna,9 place d’Iéna, 75016 Paris
16–28 October 2018, Opening hours : 12-7pm