Artistic Director | Thierry Raspail
Head of Veduta | Adeline Lépine
Since 2007, in urban localities brought together by its existence, Veduta has created situations which amount to areas of contact and convergence between strong-willed, curious experimenters, artists, artworks and cities. Wherever it may be, they all meet, talk, argue, create and experience the timeless questions posed by art.
In Italian, the term "veduta" was used by Renaissance painters. It is usually translated as "view" or "that which is seen" and then describes an opening, an open window that breaks the perspective of the painting, encouraging the gaze to look elsewhere.
As an integral part of the Biennale de Lyon, Veduta invites us to look elsewhere, but also to think about what we see, how we see it, how we (re)present it, and what it all adds up to. This window opens out onto various localities in Greater Lyon, and their inhabitants, who are happy to draw inspiration from the works and the artists in order to experiment, develop, transform, ingest, digest and unfold the potential of art, as a vector of poetry, questioning and action.
Each person is asked to explore the various stages of visual creation (from conception to distribution, including transmission) and, both independently and together, to construct the conditions for an act, an idea, a thought, a creation, an exhibition and for an attitude towards art that leads to having a role in "permanent creation".
With Veduta, the Biennale de Lyon creates new areas, i.e. permanent or temporary meeting points that arise from the artists’ dialogue with the cities and their inhabitants. Whether they are meeting places, libraries, town-hall squares, gardens, or just any available space, these areas are the places where Veduta creates aesthetic situations through actions and events. This series of areas operates like an archipelago, using alternative forms that question the modern city (its memory, its language, the exchanges it generates, its desires for modes of existence). As a response to Floating worlds (Mondes flottants), they propose a speculative reading of the present and invite us to use the artworks as a means of reflection on visions of the future, on other "dimensions" and other "views" that can be brought to bear on ordinary spaces and on the way we live together in the heart of the cities.
In 2017, ten municipalities of Greater Lyon as well as the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage are hosting Veduta. The platform is also associated with three artistic partners who have agreed to take on an area.
Artists’ residencies, exhibitions and “strolls” (flâneries), are all forms to be found in the archipelagos that are moving into the areas. They provide new connections between differing visual cultures, and artistic experiences that are both connected and dispersed in these localities with the help of their creators.
Thierry Boutonnier's Eau de Rose, for example, spreads its perfume across five areas of the metropolis. This migratory scent will cross paths with Lee Mingwei's Bedtime Stories, which will reach the ears of young and old alike during their trip on board a story-bus. In the course of these walks and strolls, we will also discover abandoned places, which Lara Almarcegui will summon up for us. And strollers will also be treated to the errant and anarchic words of Rivane Neuenschwander or to Shimabuku’s kites, which turn the world upside down and defy the rules of both physics and politics.
Dialogues and ideas are spread and circulated by artworks and artists. Veduta revives the idea of exhibitions designed by local people from the macLYON collection. It is the Modern, keyword for the Biennale, that inspires these curators “for the nonce” to speak to us of humanism, cycle, revolution, and the sounds of our environment. In their turn, they create special worlds for us, an archipelago of poetic and critical exhibitions designed to give us a space to dream and in which to open ourselves to utopias that, we must hope, are attainable.