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<span class="lieu">CHAPELLE LAENNEC /</span><br>
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<span class="title">« FAIRE AVEC »</span><br>
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<span class="alinea"></span> For the second consecutive year, the chapel of the former Laennec hospital, built during the reign of Louis XIII and now the headquarters of Kering and Balenciaga, will be open to the public during the
Journées européennes du patrimoine [European Heritage Days]. It was important to me that this masterpiece of French seventeenth-century architecture be accessible
once again to the greater public, and we hope that Parisians and international visitors alike will attend as eagerly and in as great a number as in 2016.
<span class="alinea"></span> Once again, I decided to mark this event with an exhibition of a selection of works from the Pinault Collection. Indeed, the setting proved perfectly fitted to the presentation of contemporary art.
In Venice, at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, and soon in Paris, at the Bourse de Commerce, the Pinault Collection has demonstrated time and time again that historic heritage
and contemporary art can be presented alongside one another, such that they can even enter into a fruitful dialogue with each other.
<span class="alinea"></span> The artists included in the exhibition “Faire avec” [Doing with] all have a shared intention: they strive to anchor their works in the reality of our current world, where they
find inspiration and material in their local environment. Descendants of Marcel Duchamp and heirs to the artistic revolution he started in the early twentieth century, they
are gleaners of recycled objects, which they then use in their work.
<span class="alinea"></span> Another common factor among these artists: none of them is European—they are Indian, Ghanaian, Korean, Chinese, and African-American. This diversity reaffirms that the capitals of contemporary art,
for centuries located in the Western world, are now scattered around the globe, in an open network of ideas, art, material assets, and people. If globalization implies certain risks,
it also represents an extraordinary opportunity for humanity and culture to progress.