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Young international artists

This first edition of Young International Artists/Lyon Biennale follows on from the Rendez-vous event, which it replaces; but also taps a dynamic even closer to the central exhibition of the 15th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, Where Water Comes Together with Other Water.
For this edition, the Biennale curators are invited to propose five young international artists to complement the five artists residing in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and chosen by the co-organising institutions: the Lyon Biennale, the National Fine Arts School in Lyon, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and macLYON. The complementary nature of this institutional mix – with combinations of areas, pooled networks, and exposure to various audiences – is an exception in both France and internationally, and gives greater visibility to young artists, whose œuvre is as yet little known.

Devised in 2002 by macLYON and the National Fine Arts School in Lyon, later joined by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, and then incorporated into the Lyon Biennale, the Rendez-vous event initially focused on supporting young artists who were struggling after leaving art school. A springboard for new work, the event soon grew in scope by building ties with curators from other biennials and triennials and inviting them to help select artists but also to host the event on various active scenes (Shanghai, Cape Town, Singapore, Beijing, Havana…). Although this latest edition, entitled Young International Artists/Lyon Biennale has put down even stronger roots in the Lyon Biennale by inviting Palais de Tokyo’s curators to take part in the selection process, it also fits this edition’s theme; the idea of landscape. The event will thus compare artistic propositions from local and international emerging scenes, in direct relation to the main exhibition, and represent the “young artists” strand of this Biennale.

Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes


Giulia Cenci (Italia), Charlotte Denamur (France), Cedric Esturillo (France), Sebastian Jefford (Wales), Zsófia Keresztes (Hungary), Randolpho Lamonier (Brazil), Théo Massoulier (France), Naomi Maury (France), Jean-Baptiste Perret (France) et Zhan Zhang Xu (Taiwan)


Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale
Isabelle Bertolotti, artistic director

National fine arts school (ENSBA) of Lyon
Gilles Levavasseur, deputy director

Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
Nathalie Ergino, director

Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
Marilou Laneuville, head of exhibitions


Palais de Tokyo’s curatorial team: Adélaïde Blanc, Daria de Beauvais, Yoann Gourmel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène and Hugo Vitrani


18 September 2019 to 5 January 2020
Vernissage 16 September 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Wednesday to Friday: 2-6pm
Weekends: 1-7pm
Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 6pm: for groups (booking required)
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Also closed: 1 January and 25 December
Closes at 5pm on 24 and 31 December


Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
11, rue Docteur Dolard
69100 Villeurbanne
C3. Stop: “Institut d’art contemporain”
C9. Stop: “Ferrandière”
C16. Stop: “Alsace”
Line A. Station: “République”
Line B. Station: “Gare Part-Dieu Vivier Merle”