France Pavilion's Visitors' Journey

France, Lightspeed Inspiration

The France Pavilion's motto "France, Lightspeed Inspiration" reflects its ambition and its program: in a record time, to lead visitors along a path that highlights unique and daring French innovations and creations, in all the fields that make the history of humanity a history of progress: science, research, technology, arts and crafts, education.

The ambition of the France Pavilion is to unleash its visitors' inspiration: to bring out ideas, desires, and emotions, to generate involvement, to embody innovations. An expression of the wish for progress, innovation and creation, the visitor experience revolves around light.

This unifying theme has been present since the genesis of the project, both in the Pavilion architecture and in its exhibitions and event programming topics. The events programming will also be the opportunity to highlight French innovations, and to showcase our companies internationally.

" Putting scientific and technical innovation at the service of human progress: this is the ambition that France has wanted to embody since the Age of Enlightenment. "

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

The Pavilion's visitors’ journey is organized into several spaces which are, as it were, so many stages and proposals for reinventing our present and creating our future:

  • The France Pavilion promenade will be a place for strolling about in a relaxed way and will host two artistic proposals: that of Sepand Danesh and that of lille3000.
  • The Entrance Hall will be a place of welcome and general introduction to the Pavilion. The Explorers will offer a list of the natural, cultural and human resources of French regions on display.
  • The permanent exhibition is the heart of the Pavilion. Dedicated to the notion of Progress, it presents visitors with three staged spaces, each featuring a vision of progress. These visions echo the theme of the Pavilion ("Light, Enlightenment"), that of its geographical wing ("Mobility", with CNES, Renault, ENGIE x Île-de-France Region, Accor and FLYING WHALES) and the general Expo theme ("Connecting Minds, Creating the future", with the CNRS, the CRI and Art Explora).
  • Within the continuity of the permanent exhibition, visitors will be able to discover temporary exhibitions, renewed every month, with each one being dedicated to an artistic expertise: digital art (Histovery x L'Oréal on Notre-Dame), tableware (Chalhoub Group), kinetic art (Atelier Cruz-Diez), architecture (Société du Grand Paris x Dominique Perrault) and fashion (Jean Paul Gaultier).
  • Finally, art on display will give an identity to each of the France Pavilion's Belvédère's spaces throughout the whole duration of Dubai World Expo.

 

#1 The promenade of the France Pavilion

The Promenade is the gateway to the France Pavilion designed by two architectural firms: Atelier Perez Prado Architects and Celnikier & Grabli Architects. Protected by a canopy, lit up both day and night, the Promenade has been designed as a relaxing place for strolling. Surrounded by endemic tree species, the 1,600 m² promenade of the France Pavilion will be dressed in street furniture designed by Sepand Danesh, will host an exhibition dedicated to innovative textiles developed by lille3000 and will display themed photography exhibitions.

Sepand Danesh 

Sepand Danesh has designed a journey going between games and relaxation: his furniture and sculptures symbolise universal attitudes and emotions such as reverie or contemplation, and will also be a playground for children who can discover QR codes hidden deep inside the work, in order to create a unique experience that resembles a treasure hunt. Through this artistic display, Sepand Danesh embodies a universal vision of art and invites visitors to grasp hold of it.

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Sepand Danesh's journey

Sepand Danesh on the France Pavilion

All along the Promenade and the queue, the Franco-Iranian artist Sepand Danesh has designed a journey going between games and relaxation. His furniture and sculptures symbolise universal attitudes and emotions such as reverie or contemplation.

They will also be a playground for children who can discover QR codes hidden deep inside the work, in order to create a unique experience that resembles a treasure hunt whose goal is "to go against the grain with artistic creation and to show how everyone can perceive it".

Through this artistic display, Sepand Danesh embodies a universal vision of art and invites visitors to grasp hold of it.

© François Dourlen

About Sepand Danesh

Born in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, Sepand Danesh attended the public school of the revolution until the age of 12 before leaving Iran for France. In Paris, he draws at school out of boredom, because he does not understand the language. Spotted by his art teacher, he was immediately directed to study art and design and then entered the Beaux-Arts de Paris where he met Giuseppe Penone, Philippe Cognée and Abraham Pincas who became his mentors. His practice, between fragmented creativity and intuitive games, invites visitors to enter his matrix and interact with the works. His work entered the Cnap collection in 2019.

 

" Throughout history, human beings have had to surpass themselves and invent ways to interact with their environment. Through my artistic practice, I imagine protocols to highlight the capacities of the human brain to overcome obstacles. I gather in sculptures the ideas that I fragment by drawing. Painting allows me to keep a trace of my research. The human brain, its capacities of perception, learning, imagination and creativity, constitute the heart of my passion for art. "

Sepand Danesh

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Futurotextiles, textile innovation by lille3000

Through a didactic journey between science and art, lille3000 seeks to show the diversity and originality of textiles, a continually changing material. The exhibition will present a panorama of the textiles of tomorrow by inviting each visitor on an artistic, playful and poetic journey through seven capsules whose themes echo the values and themed fortnights of the Pavilion: mobility, health, seas and oceans.

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Futurotextiles, textile innovation by lille3000

Futurotextiles Exhibition

Through a didactic journey between science and art, lille3000 seeks to show the diversity and originality of textiles, a continually changing material. The exhibition will present a panorama of the textiles of tomorrow by inviting each visitor on an artistic, playful and poetic journey through seven capsules whose themes echo the values and themed fortnights of the Pavilion: mobility, health, seas and oceans, wind, aroma, space and light.

Each capsule will showcase the latest French textile innovations thanks to scenography that is located between science and poetry. Imagined as futuristic automata, these seven architectures inspired by snow globes aim to modify the visitor's experience by transforming the France Pavilion queue into a real field of interactive and sensory curiosities.

Futurotextiles is in line with the thematic fortnights of the France Pavilion, which are based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations.

© lille3000

Futurotextiles : 7 thematic architectures

Capsule Bioman
Capsule Corail
Caspule Eole
Capsule Espace
Capsule Lux
Capsule Mobilité
Capsule Senteurs

About lille3000

Created in 2006, lille3000 deepens the dynamism of Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture. As a gateway to the future, lille3000 explores the richness and complexity of tomorrow's world by questioning each of the paths of its development.

Neither a festival nor a biennial, lille3000 invites you to discover the cultures of the world through events and major thematic editions (exhibitions, parades, parties) with a regional, national and international scope. Its strong local roots and its close relationship with the associative and cultural fabric encourage the meeting of audiences from an entire territory with internationally renowned artists. Another recurring theme of lille3000 is the multiple visions of the future and the avant-garde.

At the heart of this theme is the Futurotextiles traveling exhibition, which has been presented in Lille and in many other cities, as well as at the Shanghai and Milan World Fairs. Its presentation in Dubai will be its 5th edition. 

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Photography Exhibition

The France Pavilion will present thirteen photography exhibitions which will be renewed in line with the themed fortnights. Perfectly placed along the Concourse Road, these exhibitions will enable visitors to discover the work of French and international artist-photographers whose work illustrates, questions and sublimates the themed fortnights at the Pavilion.

 

#2 Introductory space of the France Pavilion

French heritage by The Explorers

This introduction space will present the wealth of the French heritage, captured by The Explorers in partnership with the French regions, Atout France and Unesco. Visitors will be greeted by a panorama of images which will draw up a list of the natural, cultural and human heritage on Earth to unite and make as many people as possible aware of its riches and its fragility.

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The wealth of French heritage by The Explorers

The Explorers on the France Pavilion

Broadcasted on huge screens in the Introduction area of the France Pavilion, The Explorers will draw up an inventory of the Earth's natural, cultural and human heritage to bring together and raise awareness of its richness and fragility. This content was produced in partnership with the French regions, Atout France and UNESCO.

© The Explorers

The Explorers in a nutshell

The Explorers draws up, in images, an inventory of the Earth's natural, cultural, and human heritage to bring together and raise awareness of its richness and fragility. In addition, The Explorers has set up a digital platform accessible to all, in 17 languages, through an application available on smartphones, smart TV, tablets and computers.

The Explorers received the award for the best TV application in the world from Apple. The Explorers has a partnership with UNESCO to enrich this inventory with content from international scientists.

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The energy clock by EDF and Schneider Electric

The energy dashboard will enable dynamic and live display of the Pavilion's energy consumption. In a building with such a virtuous design and operation, this dashboard will make visitors aware of French commitment by sharing specific information on environmental performance.

 

#3 The France Pavilion permanent exhibition: redefining progress

Beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, World Expos have helped, in each era, to produce solutions to major global challenges and to create progress for peoples and cultures. A truly global event, and an international gathering with an atypical dimension that is part political summit, part trade fair and part cultural and scientific forum, every World Expo strives to create synergy between political, scientific, architectural, artistic, economic players, etc.

Open to all, World Expos are the opportunity to present and experience the latest innovations from participating countries, enterprises, multi-lateral organizations, academic institutions and NGOs. As such, any individual can become a driving force for progress, rethinking standard practices, and creating and sharing the solutions of tomorrow. This is what France intends to demonstrate throughout its Pavilion via its permanent exhibition which will be deployed on the ground floor.

" The permanent exhibition will take the public on a stroll through the history of progress, a founding concept of the World Expo since the mid-19th century. This stroll is made up of three spaces, each offering a different approach and visions of progress. "

Justine Weulersse
Permanent Exhibition Curator

Space "Light, Enlightenment"

The first space in the permanent exhibition displays a definition of progress in connection with the main theme of the Pavilion, which is that of light and Enlightenment.This space will be dedicated to one of the most emblematic projects of the Enlightenment: Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedia, or the Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Classified Dictionary of Sciences, Arts and Crafts).

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Space "Light, Enlightenment"

Diderot and d'Alembert Encyclopedia, masterpiece of the exhibition

The first space in the permanent exhibition displays a definition of Progress in connection with the main theme of the Pavilion, which is that of light and Enlightenment. This space will be dedicated to one of the most emblematic projects of the Enlightenment: Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedia, or the Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Classified Dictionary of Sciences, Arts and Crafts).

An original edition of the 35 volume Encyclopedia will be loaned by the French National Archives and exhibited in the France Pavilion.

© François Dourlen

Space 1 “Light, Enlightenment” - © Cofrex –France Pavilion

Space 1 “Light, Enlightenment” - © Cofrex –France Pavilion

Diderot and d'Alembert Encyclopedia, landmark work of the French Enlightenment

Collective work, the Encyclopedia is defined thus by Diderot: "The aim is to bring together knowledge scattered over the surface of the Earth; to lay bare its general system to the Men with whom we live, and to transmit it to the Men who will come after us". This is the first time in the history of ideas that a group of thinkers has set itself the objective of producing a "Classified Universal Dictionary of Human Knowledge", an objective shared by the World Expos.

Space "Mobility"

The second space in the permanent exhibition displays a definition of progress in relation with the theme of the Pavilion’s geographical wing: mobility. Six of the Pavilion's Sponsors will present their innovations in terms of mobility, each in a dedicated staged space. These sponsors are: CNES, Renault, ENGIE and Ile-de-France Region, Accor and FLYING WHALES.

  • Mobility by ENGIE and the Île-de-France Region

Combining business know-how, heritage and technological history, and the Region’s emblematic sites, the experience of the ENGIE and Ile-de-France Region space will transport the visitor to the epicentre of the transformations towards new forms of mobility, their key energies and their infrastructure.

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Mobility by ENGIE and the Île-de-France Region

ENGIE and the Île-de-France Region on the France Pavilion 

Combining business know-how, heritage and technological history, and the Region’s emblematic sites, the experience of the ENGIE and Ile-de-France Region space will transport the visitor to the epicentre of the transformations towards new forms of mobility, their key energies and their infrastructure.

 

About ENGIE

ENGIE is a world leader in low-carbon energy and services. Together with all its employees, customers, partners and stakeholders, ENGIE acts every day to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral world.

Guided by its raison d'être, which is "acting to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy through more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions", ENGIE reconciles economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet by relying on its key businesses (gas, renewable energies, services) and by offering competitive solutions to its customers. ENGIE's action is to be appreciated in its entirety and over the long term.

About the Île-de-France Region

The Île-de-France Region is the world's leading tourist destination with nearly 50 million visitors each year, and is also Europe's leading economic region. With over 500,000 companies and 150,000 researchers, it is one of the most competitive regions in the world in terms of R&D, innovation and economic development. The Ile-de-France Region acts on a daily basis in most of the areas that concern the activities of 12 million people in the region: in particular, high schools, economic development, training, the environment and transportation.

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  • Mobility by CNES

To illustrate mobility and present a dream part, CNES has chosen to get the visitor to embark on a journey into the Universe. During this trip, they will closely pass by the international space station and its astronauts and discover missions serving our own planet such as the exploration of the Solar System’s heavenly bodies (the Moon, Mars and Jupiter) or the study of the Universe.

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Mobility by CNES

Explore space with CNES 

To illustrate mobility and present a dream part, CNES has chosen to get the visitor to embark on a journey into the Universe. During this trip, they will closely pass by the international space station and its astronauts and discover missions serving our own planet such as the exploration of the Solar System’s heavenly bodies (the Moon, Mars and Jupiter) or the study of the Universe.

© CNES
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  • Mobility by Renault Group

The mobility of tomorrow must be smart, greener, better shared, and more accessible for everyone and everywhere, in a sustainable world. In the space dedicated to mobility, Mobilize, the Renault Group's mobility brand, will be highlighted to illustrate its commitment beyond the car and encourage the ecological transition through flexible, sustainable, and user-oriented mobility and energy solutions.

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Mobility by Renault Group

Renault Group on the France Pavilion

The mobility of tomorrow must be smart, greener, better shared, and more accessible for everyone and everywhere, in a sustainable world.

In the space dedicated to mobility, Mobilize, the Renault Group's mobility brand, will be highlighted to illustrate its commitment beyond the car and encourage the ecological transition through flexible, sustainable, and user-oriented mobility and energy solutions.

© Renault Group
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  • Mobility by Accor

At the France Pavilion, Accor will present an unlimited experience through an immersive multi-faceted labyrinth comprising four zones, to promote its new program ALL, ACCOR LIVE LIMITLESS. Thanks to captivating curved mirrors with uninterrupted content, visitors will be able to redefine what is possible on this journey out of the world.

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Mobility by Accor

Accor on the France Pavilion

On the France Pavilion, Accor will present a limitless experience through an immersive multi-faceted maze with 4 zones. Using captivating curved mirrors and screens with seamless continuous content; visitors will experience twisting the possible with an “out of this world” hospitality journey. Prepare to go through multi-sensorial experiences that distort virtual boundaries leaving lasting impressions...

  • Taking off to your dream escape: a concept cabin meets a luxury suite
  • The ultimate restaurant experience: a luxury restaurant setting meets an idyllic resort 
  • Hospitality in the heart of nature: tropics meet snow. Snow meets desert. Day meets night
  • The place to be: the rooftop over the Accor world
Mobility Area © Accor
© Accor
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  • Mobility by FLYING WHALES

FLYING WHALES will present its innovative vision of air cargo transport: keeping on serving economic and social development while impacting the environment as little as possible. Through the modern treatment of an iconic item of the last century’s World Expos, FLYING WHALES will offer visitors a physical and digital experience giving them a glimpse of one of the flagship means of transport of tomorrow.

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Mobility by FLYING WHALES

FLYING WHALES on the France Pavilion

FLYING WHALES will present its innovative vision of air cargo transport: continuing to serve economic and social development while impacting the environment as little as possible.

Through the modern treatment of an iconic item of the last century’s World Expos, FLYING WHALES will offer visitors a physical and digital experience giving them a glimpse of one of the flagship means of transport of tomorrow.

© FLYING WHALES
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Space "Connecting minds, Creating the future"

The last space in the permanent exhibition displays a definition of progress in relation with the theme of Dubai World Expo: “Connecting Minds, Creating the future”. Designed and staged as the Galaxy of the future, this third space of the permanent exhibition is organised into three sub-spaces or "Planets", each embodying a priority subject for tomorrow’s world to create together: Planet Science will be embodied by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Planet Education by the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CRI, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire) and Planet Art by the Art Explora Foundation.

  • Planet Sciences by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Planet Science will present "Antarctica, a laboratory of the future", an immersive experience at the heart of cutting-edge research carried out in Antarctica and its challenges. The objective of this Planet will be to wake the visitor’s awareness up to an Earth where the future of the planet is being created.

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Planet Sciences by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

The CNRS on the France Pavilion: Antarctica, a laboratory of the future

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest continent in the world, as well as one of the driest. Due to the absence of human presence, it provides a unique and preserved record of changes to our planet and its climate. 

Ever since the signature of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, consolidated by the 1991 Madrid Protocol, the region has been protected and designated as a non-militarised natural reserve, dedicated to science and international cooperation. 

The polar regions are nonetheless impacted by human activity on a global scale, and the irreversible changes that it is causing. From melting ice to rising sea levels and declining aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, the effects of global warming are becoming increasingly visible there. 

For decades, the CNRS and its researchers have been carrying out ambitious interdisciplinary research projects in the area, covering a wide range of fields: climate history and evolution, glaciology, the physics of global ocean currents, astronomy and astrophysics and, of course, ecology and the environment.

Invited to showcase science at the France Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2021, and on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Madrid Protocol, the CNRS intends to reiterate its commitment to research in the polar regions and to their protection.

‘Antarctica, a laboratory of the future’ is an immersive experience taking visitors to the heart of the cutting-edge research conducted in Antarctica and revealing the challenges it involves. Its goal is to  raise the public’s awareness of a continent that holds the key to the planet’s future.

Planet Sciences - © CNRS
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  • Planet Education by the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CRI)

Planet Education will display immersion in the heart of the infinite space of knowledge. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, whose talents as an explorer are known the world over, will guide visitors in their quick discovery of this rapidly expanding planet. During this imaginary and poetic journey projected onto a suspended planisphere, everyone will be able to become aware of the countless connections that link disciplines (the arts, science, tech, etc.) and cultures.

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Planet Education by CRI

An immersion in the heart of the infinite space of knowledge

Inspired by WeLearn, the knowledge GPS developed by the CRI's AI teams on the basis of Wikipedia, the Planet Education will offer an immersion in the heart of the infinite space of knowledge. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, whose talents as an explorer are known the world over, will guide visitors in their quick discovery of this rapidly expanding planet.

During this imaginary and poetic journey projected onto a suspended planisphere, everyone will be able to become aware of the countless connections that link disciplines (the arts, science, tech, etc.) and cultures.

Beyond the immersive, brief and sensational experience, visitors will be invited to delve deeper online into topics related to new ways of learning in the 21st century, AI and collective intelligence, participatory science, etc.

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  • Planet Arts by Fondation Art Explora

Planet Arts was entrusted to the Art Explora Foundation, which relies on digital technologies and roaming systems to initiate new encounters between artworks and a wide and diverse audience. Planet Arts will present a new marine roaming cultural device to meet peoples, a mechanism that is revolutionary in its approach to sharing the arts with the wider world. It will also have on display an interactive artistic installation by French artist Neil Beloufa dedicated to the theme of exploration and travel.

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Planet Arts by Fondation Art Explora

Art Explora on the France Pavilion

Planet Arts will be carried by the Art Explora Foundation, whose primary ambition is to make art and culture travel the world in order to democratize it and make it accessible to all. Planet Arts was entrusted to the Art Explora Foundation, which relies on digital technologies and roaming systems to initiate new encounters between artworks and a wide and diverse audience.

Planet Arts will present a new marine roaming cultural device to meet peoples, a mechanism that is revolutionary in its approach to sharing the arts with the wider world. It will also have on display an interactive artistic installation by French artist Neil Beloufa, with the participation of Bad Manners and in collaboration with Ebb studio, dedicated to the theme of exploration and travel.

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#4 The temporary exhibitions of the France Pavilion

Each temporary exhibition will be a journey to the heart of French diversity, excellence, and artistic know-how. Five temporary exhibitions will follow one another over the period of the Dubai World Expo with a type of art put in the spotlight each month: digital art, tableware, kinetic art, architecture, and fashion.

Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience, by Histovery & L’Oréal | from 1st October to 1st November 2021

The French art de vivre, a dream to share, by the Chalhoub Group | from 5 November to 6 December 2021

Chromosaturation Room, by Carlos Cruz-Diez | from 12 December 2021 to 15 January 2022

La Société du Grand Paris, by the SGP & Dominique Perrault | from 21 January to 19 February 2022

Jean Paul Gaultier from A to Z | from 25 February to 31 March 2022

#5 The artistic journey in the Belvédère of the France Pavilion

The Belvédère, the Pavilion's exceptional event space, will host professional and general public events. An artistic journey has been designed for these audiences, to personalise the different spaces and illustrate the central themes of the Pavilion: Light, Mobility, Innovation.

Jean-François Rauzier, Hyperphotography

Jean-François Rauzier created the "Utopia" project for the Belvédère, in collaboration with the curator Nina Sales. Together, they imagined a multidisciplinary, immersive, and fundamentally visionary space. The artistic journey is inspired by the French Enlightenment, inviting the public to immerse themselves in the heart of fabulous frescoes, modern day heterotopias. These will give the visitor the sensation of wandering in the heart of dreamlike and historical universes, and will plunge them, thanks to this hyperphotographic effect, into a reflection on the place of humans in the city and tomorrow’s world.

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Hyperphotography by Jean-François Rauzier

Jean-François Rauzier presents the exhibition "Utopia" in the Belvedere of the Pavillon France from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. He has collaborated with curator Nina Sales to imagine a multidisciplinary, immersive, and fundamentally visionary space. 

The artist and the curator have imagined an initiatory journey, inspired by the French Enlightenment, inviting the public to immerse themselves in fabulous frescoes, heterotopias of modern times. The artist proposes infinite reveries to let oneself go to hope, humanist and retrofuturist miscellanea.

His works will deal with fantasized visions of cities and architectures that the artist expresses with his artistic approach, hyperphotography.

 

" Jean-François Rauzier's hyperphotography takes us into the complex mysteries of cities, symbols of universality and diversity. "

Nina Sales
Exhibition curator

Hyperphotography is his tool, his imagination and his inspiration, nourished by hyperrealistic influences, many literary works but also by his observation of the environments he photographs. He immerses himself in the atmosphere of the places he photographs, their energy, their beauty, their smallest details.

The "Utopia" exhibition will be divided into four large thematic spaces:

Grand Paris

Two series have been created: the Babylones series and the D906 series. The idea here is to allude to Paris and the Grand Paris, which refers to a Paris that expands and encompasses a larger territory than the inner city. The D906 is a series that dates from the beginnings of hyperphotography created by Jean-François Rauzier. It follows the D906, the main road linking Paris to Clamart, which the artist regularly uses. For this series, he kept a journal.

" It has always been for me a non-place, a transition zone that you cross as fast as possible without looking at anything else than the bumper of the car in front of you. So I decided to look at it for the first time.  "

Jean-François Rauzier
Artist

This space wants to show Paris, the Grand Paris and its multiple facets: the classic Paris, the popular Paris, the street-art one, the modern Paris, the Paris in transition which extends with more austere looks, detaching itself from the tourist image.

The Ballad of Paris 

The artist refocuses on the Haussmannian Paris, vegetalized, to which he is so attached; and relies on a very immersive scenography to immerse the public in this beloved Paris. This series is declined on various supports, the notion of walk is reinforced by the video versions of the Ballad brodacasted on a screen like a travelling in the city. There is this will to induce the public into feeling transported in Paris thanks to this space. 

" Jean-François Rauzier's ballads are born like these haunting tunes that capture our minds and know neither exordium nor end. "

Nina Sales
Exhibition curator

Crossing

This space dedicated to modernity and avant-garde allows the artist to approach the France of tomorrow. First, on the architectural level, Jean-François Rauzier gathers architectural feats scattered throughout France for the Towers of Babel and a monumental fresco. He also collaborates with ELIMTECH, a duo of developers in Artificial Intelligence to propose morphings of these buildings. Thus, he associates hyperphotography and artificial intelligence as partners, artistic interpretations of a fictitious/future architecture.

© Jean-François Rauzier

" Jean-François Rauzier's images, or more precisely his photomontages, thwart time, even reverse it. The maze of references, the disjunction between an overall composition and the infinite blurring of details have only one goal: to set our imagination ablaze. "

Damien Sausset
Art critic

Odyssey

This Project goes beyond the more classical format of a series constitution because Jean-François Rauzier dives into the universe of the Arches, and conceives his work as a fictional universe, a new world, inspired by the myth of Noah's Ark. This project consists of hyperphotographs dealing with the exodus via futuristic vessels (the arks) always created from real buildings, transporting entire cities. Neo-decadence and hope mix for a fresco with apocalyptic accents, created in a new way for the France Pavilion, using the emblematic elements of the Arches Project. He invites us to travel, to take part in his odyssey.

© Jean-François Rauzier

QR codes and texts will be spread over the 4 spaces and will complete the visit of the exhibition with various contents. 

About Jean-François Rauzier

Forerunner of digital assembly, Jean-François RAUZIER invented in 2002 the concept of Hyperphotography, which is now recognized throughout the world. He gathers thousands of shots taken with a telephoto lens to compose different surrealist universes from existing places, thus making us travel with his disproportionate works. By going from the infinitely large to the infinitely small, his compositions arouse a clear enthusiasm at each public presentation.  The places he photographs take on an extraordinary dimension, tinged with poetry and teeming with cultural references. His work is exhibited in France and throughout the world (New York, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Istanbul) and is present in major contemporary art collections.

 

About Nina Sales

French-Brazilian Nina Sales approaches the visual arts with abnegation and fascination. An art historian, professor and curator, she has been accompanying various artists and developing research and curatorial experimentation activities for a decade. In 2012, she founded ARTMAZONE, a pioneering organization of artistic actions, dedicated to the visual arts of Brazil. Since 2015, she has also been a curator with Jean- François Rauzier, a French visual photographer, whose studio she now runs. As a curator, she has already conceived and realized numerous international solo and group exhibitions and participated in various artists' books.

Read more on Jean-François Rauzier's website

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the great protagonists of contemporary art. His works and writings place him among the greatest thinkers of colour of the 20th century. Some of his works combining colour, movement and light will be exhibited at the Belvédère. In collaboration with Atelier Cruz-Diez and the Patinoire Royale de Bruxelles.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez's colours

Carlos Cruz-Diez will posthumously present his Physichromies: structures that reveal different conditions and behaviors of color. They change according to the movement of the viewer and the intensity of the ambient light, projecting color into space to create an evolving situation of additive, reflected and subtractive color.

The Physichromies react as "light traps" in a space where different color frames of colors enter in interaction. These frames are mutually transformed, generating new chromatic ranges that do not exist on the support. The color thus invades the space contained between the vertical blades which are present on the totality of the work, and act like modulators of the light. Moreover, under the effect of visitors's or the source of light's displacement, a series of chromatic variations is created within the work, similar to the one observed in the real space of the landscape.

It is from this play of light color, of physical color, that the Physichromies take their name.

A Chromointerference table will also be found in the Belvedere. Chromointerferences appeared one day in 1964, when Carlos Cruz-Diez printed a series of additive color screens, to which he decided to superimpose a transparent plastic with the same pattern of lines. By moving the transparent plastic above the modules of another of his works, he observed the appearance color inteferences that were modified at the passage of the screen.

The difficulty of reading produced by the intersection of the wefts produced color ranges chemically absent from the support. In addition, the displacements of the screen gave rise to movements contrary to the real movements of this one. Carlos Cruz-Diez calls them "false prisms" because they reproduce the full spectrum of light on an opaque support.

The objective of the Chromointerferent Environments is to create through movement and space a situation of immateriality, transfiguration and ambiguity of color. The projection of the Chromatic Event Modules in constant movement on people and objects makes them transparent and makes them virtually change shape and condition. Simultaneously, the spectators acquire a double function of "actors" and "authors" of an event that evolves in real time and space.

Carlos Cruz-Diez in a nutshell 

Carlos Cruz-Diez is a major protagonist of contemporary art. His researches and writings has established him as one of the key 20th century thinkers in the realm of color. His body of work have revealed a new understanding of chromatic phenomena and expanded its perceptual universe. They explore color as a phenomenological reality of light, evolving independently from any formal or symbolical structure. 

Cruz-Diez developed the conceptual platform of his work between 1959 and 1981. His research and studies enable us to experience color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by any form or support, in a perpetual present. 

His work appears, moves, vibrates, disappears and reappears in front of us, thanks to colour, light, and movement. The spectator can witness how light mingles with pigments and plays its part in the metamorphosis of the surface.

" To me, color is autonomous, fleeting, in perpetual motion. Color is like life: a permanent present.  "

Carlos Cruz-Diez
Visual artist

Read more on Atelier Cruz-Diez's website

The Mobilier National

Supporting the arts and crafts since the 17th century, the Mobilier National perpetuates and passes on exceptional know-how. Resolutely turned towards the future, the institution is also promoting the arts and contemporary design in France. Faithful to its tradition of putting the decorative arts on the map at international events, the Mobilier National has joined forces with the France Pavilion to spotlight the excellence of the intangible heritage and French design.

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The Mobilier National on the France Pavilion

Supporting the arts and crafts since the 17th century, the Mobilier National perpetuates and passes on exceptional know-how. Resolutely turned towards the future, the institution is also promoting the arts and contemporary design in France. Faithful to its tradition of putting the decorative arts on the map at international events, the Mobilier National has joined forces with the France Pavilion to spotlight the excellence of the intangible heritage and French design.

In order to pay tribute to French tapestry know-how, a major piece from the Mobilier National collections will be exhibited in a salon in the Pavilion christened "Salon des Gobelins" for this occasion. The piece on display is the "Amazonia" tapestry, woven in national factories in 1958, after the work of artist Jean LURCAT.

AMAZONIE, par Jean Lurçat

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To furnish the salons of the Pavilion’s Belvédère, a prestigious event space, the Hemicycle collection was chosen, revisiting the principle of emblematic "confidents" and "vis-à-vis" of the Second Empire. This range was designed by Philippe NIGRO, and was prototyped by the Mobilier National’s Research and Creation Workshop (ARC, Atelier de Recherche et de Création) and is produced by the French house Ligne Roset.

This emblematic project illustrates not only the traditional mission of the Mobilier National to be present in the high places of the Republic but also its will to work as a partner of the publishing industry in the service of contemporary creation.

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© Mobilier national

© Mobilier national

© Mobilier national

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Immersive capsule VOYAGER BY IMMERTECH®

For six months, IMMERTECH will present a 360° immersive experience with its VOYAGER BY IMMERTECH® capsule on display in the Belvédère of the France Pavilion. The immersive capsule will broadcast content related to the Pavilion's themed fortnights.

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Immersive capsule VOYAGER BY IMMERTECH®

Explore the world in the immersive capsule VOYAGER BY IMMERTECH®

For six months, IMMERTECH will present a 360° immersive experience with its VOYAGER BY IMMERTECH® capsule on display in the Belvédère of the France Pavilion. The immersive capsule will broadcast content related to the Pavilion's themed fortnights: an exploratory journey to awaken one's imagination on the conquest of space, the discovery of a biome altered by human activities to question our ecological impact, an involved and involving perception of the city of tomorrow to present an alternative to our ways of designing infrastructure and many other trips.

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