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