Agathe de Bailliencourt, Bernard Joisten, Claude Lévêque, Erina Matsui, Kengo Kito, Lilian Bourgeat et al.
At the beginning of November, the French Embassy relocated to a new annex constructed on the same premises. Before the old wing is demolished, the Embassy is holding an exhibition which acts as a platform for cultural exchange between Japan and France. This is the very last opportunity for visitors to visit the old building.
Entitled "No Man's Land", the exhibition showcases various works of art in every possible location of the building: offices, hallways, reference rooms, staircases, basement and courtyard. On view in those spaces will be wall paintings and sculptural pieces made of demolition waste, made possible on this special occasion. Most of the work will be produced onsite: some artists will turn the exhibition sites into their ateliers, providing a new form of communication between the viewer and art through their creative activities.
Over 70 participants include both internationally renowned and emerging French and Japanese artists, as well as art students from both nations. The running of the event will be made possible through collaborative efforts between companies, schools and NPOs.
By opening the entire site to the public at no charge, this program aims to offer an open environment for a general audience. A wide variety of events, including cafeteria, bookstore and educational workshops targeted at kids, are also planned.