Pour en finir encore* presents the eighteen artists who obtained their National Superior Diploma of Plastic Arts from the Beaux-Arts de Paris with the Congratulations of the Jury. The exhibition, curated by Béatrice Josse, reflects the generosity and economy of means that characterise the pieces produced by the artists awarded the Congratulations in 2022. The modesty of the materials rhymes with the power of the gestures and intentions of a generation forced to repair. An ode to the collective at a time of identity withdrawal and global conflict, the exhibition gives meaning and hope for a brighter tomorrow. After two years outside the walls, the exhibition Les Félicités is back in the large halls of the Palais des Beaux-Arts and offers a dialogue with the prestigious history of the site.
A panorama of a transitional state of art at the end of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Pour en finir encore is conceived as a moment of stimulation, activation of potential and confrontation. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of invitations and round tables. It will deal with commitment within the Fine Arts, collective and editorial practices, and the reception of refugees. These are all subjects that resonate with current events and which the Félicités have taken up brilliantly in their work. A publication accompanies the exhibition.
*Borrowed from Samuel Beckett
Among the 100 students graduating in 2022, 18 received the Congratulations of the jury co-chaired by Béatrice Josse, independent curator and Étienne Bernard, director of FRAC Bretagne, and composed of the artists Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Tarek Lakhrissi, Eva Nielsen, Chloé Quenum and Évariste Richer.
Pauline de FONTGALLAND
Jack VICKERY PEREZ
Curator, author and artistic director, Béatrice Josse develops multidisciplinary programmes at the crossroads of visual arts, performance, dance, writing and design. Trained in law and art history, her career has led her to rethink curatorial forms as well as institutions and collections. Director of the 49 Nord 6 Est Frac Lorraine in Metz (1993-2016), she initiated a remarkable collection centred on immateriality, performance and protocol pieces that was widely disseminated in Europe and Latin America. A pioneer in questioning gender, she contributed to the feminisation of the collection and to the programming of international artists and events rooted in the region (festivals, writing residencies, scientific and philosophical conferences, etc.). At the MAGASIN des horizons in Grenoble (2016-2021), she instils collective, performative, vernacular and possibly therapeutic artistic practices for the institution. At the origin of the redesign of the professional training within the art centre, her research now directs her towards more collective practices linking art, ecology, society and transmission.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in French.
Preface by Alexia Fabre and text by Béatrice Josse.