Exhibition Histories

“Les Ateliers du Paradis” at Air de Paris in Nice (1990)

“On our side, we had strong Fluxus leanings and in particular were inspired by La Cédille qui sourit (The smiling cedilla), a project by Robert Filliou, Georges Brecht, and many others, in Villefranche-sur-Mer (July 1965 – March 1968), later renamed La Fête permanente (The Permanent Party). The motto was ‘art is what makes life more interesting than art.’ So, your project, which replaced the search for the establishment with the search for meaning through the experience of everyday life by including us, was necessarily exciting. You offered us an experience rather than an exhibition. First, you gave us a wish list, which we tried to answer as best we could!”

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