le Point Perché by The Absolut Company

A new space within Palais de Tokyo

The Point Perché is a strange platform, an architectural oddity of Le Palais de Tokyo which offers an unconventional perspective of the exhibitions. This space is the headquarters of the art center events program, a space for concerts, performances, lectures, and screenings.

At the invitation of The Absolut Company, Korakrit Arunanondchai will take over the ”Point Perché”, as part of his exhibition "Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3"at Le Palais de Tokyo.

Korakrit Arunanondchai’s exhibition provides an opportunity to incorporate the Point Perché, which the artist refers to as “the Spirit”, quite significantly into the itinerary of a major monographic exhibition, while maintaining its independence.



"Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3" is the epilogue to a series of works created during the past four years, about the making of a painter. In the present world, where reality and fiction merge together to form diverse paradigms, Korakrit Arunanondchai develops his character: a Thai denim painter. His autobiography, his constructed image as an artist, the social realities of present-day Thailand, and the phenomenon of globalization are mixed together in the exhibition to form what the artist calls “a memory palace.”

The installation is made in two parts. “The Body” is composed of a large denim body painting, only visible in its entirety from a bird’s eye view. It functions as a landscape and a stage for the audience. “The Spirit” presents a video, in the artist converses with Chantri - the invisible main character of the trilogy and the incarnation of the audience and Korakrit Arunanondchai’s consciousness, voiced by Chutatip Arunanondchai.

Korakrit Arunanondchai looks to the Buddhist and Animist framework of Thailand, as well as to popular culture, geopolitics and technology, to question what it means to be an artist today, while celebrating connectivity, the merging of art and life, of fantasy and reality, of science and incorporeality.

“Chantri, I think I finish my final painting, will you come to see it?”

This text is based on an interview with the artist.

The lighting and design of this exhibition was created in collaboration with Alex Gvojic. The music was produced by Harry Bornstein. Special thanks to Matthew Taber for producing the exhibition, Rory Mulhere for filming, Bangkok City City gallery for co-producing the video, and Korapat Arunanondchai and Boychild for appearances.


Curator: Julien Fronsacq

Korakrit Arunanondchai’s  biography :  http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/fr/exposition/korakrit-arunanondchai


"Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3"

de Korakrit Arunanondchai

24/06/2015 – 13/09/2015

Palais de Tokyo / le Point Perché (lepointperché.com)

13 avenue du Président Wilson - 75116 Paris

Open from 12 noon to 12 midnight everyday except Tuesday 

Closed annually on January 1, May 1 and December 25.


Developed by an artist, le Point Perché, is conceived as a living space, a place of exchange and discovery. An accompanying blog (lepointperché.com) focuses on the international emerging art scene.

Michael Riedel (b. 1972, lives and works in Frankfurt) is the first artist who took over le Point Perché at the invitation of The Absolut Company with his installation ”Jacques comité  [Giacometti]” (followed by two  installations “Dual air [Dürer]“in April 2013 and ”EFFJ KNOOS [JEFF KOONS] “ in February 2015).

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For more than thirty years The Absolut Company has been involved with contemporary art, and keen to make it accessible to as many people as possible. The Absolut Company has accordingly worked with more than 550 artists and provided backing for some 850 projects. Among recent events attesting to The Absolut Company's involvement in contemporary art patronage, let us mention:

• Art Basel in Hong Kong May 2014: support for the installation “ Apocalypse Postponed” of the artist Nadim Abbas

• Art Basel in Miami Beach December 2013: support for the installation “ Night Court “, created by the artist Ry Rocklen’s

• Art Basel in Basel June 2013: support for the installation "Better Days", created by the artist Mickalene Thomas.

• Art Basel in Hong Kong May 2013: support for the installation "Wun Dun" created by the artist Adrian Wong.

•Palais de Tokyo - Triennale 2012 : support for the performance "Soup/No Soup" by Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the sound production "Air de jeu" by Fouad Bouchoucha.

Absolut Art Award

Created in 2009, this prize is awarded biennially to a contemporary artist and, since 2013, to an art critic, too. Winners include Frances Stark and Mark Godfrey (2015), Renata Lucas and Coco Fusco (2013), Anri Sala (2011), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2010), and Keren Cytter (2009).

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