THEATRE OF EXHIBITIONS
Conceived by the director Éric de Chassey and organised by the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici every year since 2010, the Theatre of Exhibitions has been devised as a moment of encounter between the fellows in residence and the public, as well as one of dialogue and confrontation among the artists and scholars in residence. The different spaces of Villa Medici become ephemeral stages for installations, performances, projections, readings. The concept of openness, a predisposition to dialogue and confrontation among different disciplines is the characteristic that unites the projects which are presented. The Theatre of Exhibitions has been designed as a “multiform laboratory” which displays the diversity of artistic practices and research, thus confirming the centrality of the French Academy in Rome to contemporary creation.
FRENCH ACADEMY IN ROME – VILLA MEDICI
The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, supervised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, fosters artistic creativity and research and promotes a fruitful and continuously renewed dialogue between cultures, arts and history in all their diversity.
Founded in 1666 by Louis XIV, the French Academy in Rome has welcomed world-renowned artists and scholars such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Hector Louis Berlioz, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Claude Debussy, Charles Garnier, Lili Boulanger, and more recently, among others – Yan Pei-Ming, Laurent Grasso, Valérie Mrejen, Philippe Rahm, Bruno Mantovani, Yannick Haenel. Besides the residency of artists and scholars, its central founding mission, the French Academy in Rome has intended to open its doors to the public with a series of cultural programs (exhibitions, concerts, screenings, literary meetings, lectures) devised to encourage the exchange of ideas between France and Italy, in a perspective that is both European and global. Another important activity is to preserve and promote Villa Medici, which has been the seat of the French Academy in Rome since 1803, as well as its gardens and art collections.
Dedicated to research and creativity, the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici is now opened to all artistic fields (architecture, visual arts, musical composition, design crafts, cinema, literature, photography, choreography, stage design and direction) as well as the history and theory of the arts. The selection is open to French-speaking artists and researchers of all nationalities, aged from 20 to 45. Their stays vary from twelve to eighteen months. Short-term residencies are also proposed to artists and researchers to help them carry out specific projects.In 2013, the terms and conditions of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici’s residencies were reformed in order to better adapt to the evolution of the contemporary artistic context.
The visual arts have always played an important part in the French Academy in Rome’s activities, both for the residency program and for cultural events. Several fellows, after their experience in Rome, have become prominent personalities in the field of visual arts, and two current fellows are pursuing their works in visual arts at the French Academy in Rome: Hicham Berrada (visual artist) and Assaf Shoshan (photographer). The exhibition program at Villa Medici was started during the directorate of Balthus (1961-1977), who created the Grandes Galeries, that still today host many exhibitions devoted to famous artists: Pierre Soulages, Simon Hantaï, Patrick Faigenbaum, Ellsworth Kelly, Danh Vo, Adrian Paci among many others.
Accademia di Francia a Roma – Villa Medici
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1 00187 Roma
T. +39 06 67611
1. Image Felipe Ribon, pensionnaire 2013-2014
2. Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis. Photo: G. Causati, P. Zagami, 2009
Protagonist: Eric de Chassey