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
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.
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
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.
"Painting with history in a room filled with
people with funny names 3"
de Korakrit Arunanondchai
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.
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.
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).
THE ABSOLUT COMPANY'S COMMITMENT TO CONTEMPORARY ART
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).