Rendez Vous is resolutely devoted to showcasing young French and international creation. Rendez-vous is central to the 14th Biennale de Lyon and is a veritable “antechamber of expectation”. In the past it has exhibited–amongst others, and well before they took their place on the international scene–Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (winner of the Palme d’or at Cannes in 2010), British artist Ryan Gander, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg (Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009), and French artists Guillaume Leblon and Julien Prévieux (Marcel Duchamp Award, 2014), guests of the Biennale de Lyon in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
Created by the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon in 2002, Rendez-vous, an international platform for young creative artists with funding from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, uniquely in France, involves the combined energies of four separate institutions: the Biennale de Lyon; the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon. Artistic direction of the event is shared by all four.
The collegiate artistic direction of Rendez-vous and its curatorship, which is open to ten international biennials and triennials, make this a unique project in Europe. For 2017, Rendez-vous has extended invitations to the biennials of Havana (Cuba), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kochi-Muziris (India), Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Marrakech (Morocco), Shanghai (China), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), and the triennials of Aichi (Japan), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, Australia) and Eva International (Ireland).
During the Biennale de Lyon, Rendez-vous is exhibited at the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and the following year outside of Europe. So in 2008, Rendez-vous was presented in the Shanghai Art Museum, with residencies in Moscow, Beijing, Miami, and Buenos Aires; in 2010, Rendez-vous participates in the Shanghai Biennial; in 2012, it is presented in the South African National Gallery in Cape Town; in 2015, Rendez-vous is exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts/LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore; and in 2017, at the CAFA Art Museum, in Beijing.
For the Biennale de Lyon | Thierry Raspail, Artistic Director
For the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Lyon | Emmanuel Tibloux, Director
For the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes | Nathalie Ergino, Director
For the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon | Isabelle Bertolotti, Curator
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