FILMO-SESSIONS : "Talks about art and cinema"

Saturday 18 June 2016 - Auditorium

6 p.m.
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FILMO-SESSIONS : "Talks about art and cinema"

Filmo-sessions is a cycle of encounters devoted to the intersections between art and film, proposed by art critic and exhibition curator Jean-Max Colard.


The second episode of the Filmo-Sessions at the Fondation Vuitton showcases a unique and exceptional conversation between two towering figures on the contemporary art scene: visual artist Daniel Buren and filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.


With reference to disciplines and methods characteristic respectively of contemporary art and the cinema, Daniel Buren and Frederick Wiseman confront issues such as the burden of history, the institution of culture, and the architecture of iconic locations.


How do these artists approach the occupation of a given site or cultural institution? How do they prepare films and artworks destined to appear in such specific contexts?



Aside from such methodological questions, and above and beyond their differences, this encounter provides an opportunity to establish a dialog between the arts: can the in situ interventions of Daniel Buren at the Fondation Vuitton interact with the modes of investigation of a director like Frederick Wiseman when he films in the University of California, Berkeley, or at the National Gallery in London? And, vice versa, in what way does Wiseman’s documentary idiom illumine Buren’s visual art practice?

This event is produced by the Foundation Louis Vuitton in collaboration with an art students’ workshop from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy.

Access to the event is free, by writing to to book.

the artists

Frederick Wiseman

Since 1967 Frederick Wiseman (1930) has made more than forty documentaries depicting everyday human experience in a wide variety of institutions, including: Titicut Follies, High School, Welfare, Juvenile Court, Boxing Gym, La Danse, Ballet, La Comédie Française, At Berkeley, The National Gallery, In Jackson Heights… Wiseman has also shot fiction films, with The Last Letter in 2002, and worked in theater, directing The Belle of Amherst by William Luce and Samuel Beckett’s Oh les Beaux Jours (Happy Days) at the Comédie Française.

Frederick Wiseman has received many awards and honors during his career, including four Emmys, a Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Society (2013), and a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.

Daniel Buren

Major international artist Daniel Buren (1938) has been developing a radical oeuvre characterised by the use of his “visual tool” (8.7 cm-wide alternating white and coloured vertical stripes), since the 1960s. He moved from working with paint (1965-1967) to working with space and its context. All his works are now conceived specifically for the space, context and features of the host venue and are created in situ, be that in a public space or in a museum or art gallery.

His work is shown around the world and his recent solo exhibitions are: Une Fresque, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2016); Bayadères for two Skywalks, work in situ, Hunter College, New York (2016); Axer / Désaxer, lavoro in situ, Madre, Naples (2015-2016), D'une arche aux autres, travail in situ, Jardins du Sacré-Coeur, Casablanca (2015);  Les Flèches, travail in situ et en mouvement, Musée de Picardie, Amiens (2015); Zwei Werke für Recklinghausen, Festspielhaus et Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen (2015).

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Saturday 18 June 2016
6 p.m. - Auditorium



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a book signing is taking place with Daniel Buren in the Fondation's bookshop.

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