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Lafayette Anticipations, an innovative foundation

Contemporary Art | The new foundation is a laboratory that combines spaces for exhibition and production workshops, mixing disciplines and conveying a horizontal concept from its vertical structure. Open to all, the space was dreamt by Guillaume Houzé, conceived by Rem Koolhaas and directed by François Quintin.

Vue de la verrière et toiture du bâtiment du 9 rue du Plâtre © Delfino Sisto Legnani & Marco Cappelletti
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Vue de la verrière et toiture du bâtiment du 9 rue du Plâtre
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In the context of very active French private institutions and corporate foundations such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Carmignac, Emeridge, Martell or even Leclerc; Lafayette Anticipations stands out, led by the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette. Founded and chaired by Guillaume Houzé, who is also Image and Communications Director at the Galeries, the Foundation is intended to be a transversal, fertile ground for creation and emulation. The new institution highlights the singular capacity of creators to anticipate and participate in societal shifts, a vision that resonates with that of the Galeries Lafayette Group itself, which has cultivated a model based on anticipation for more than a century. Guillaume Houzé has surrounded himself with experts from various backgrounds : director of the Volksbühne Berlin, Chris Dercon, curator and founder of Trends Union, Lidewij Edelkoort, president of the Kunsthalle Basel, Martin Hatebur, and President of the Picasso Museum in Paris, Laurent Le Bon.

The spirit of Lafayette Anticipations is defined by this group of personalities. The space is meant to welcome international creators with experience in contemporary art, design and fashion; it is endowed with means that favor a collective dimension of creation. The aim is to stimulate experimentation, host the process of production and finally exhibit the new creations. Rem Koolhaas and his international practice OMA created a structure worthy of the ambitious project : a transparent tower made of glass and metal inside a 19th century courtyard, with adjustable trays that allow more than 40 different combinations. In the basement, we find a series of workshops to work with wood, metal or paint; on the upper floors, a space for video editing, a sound laboratory and a studio devoted to meditation. By concentrating the different stages of creation in one space, Lafayette Anticipations positions itself as a source of inspiration for future trends.

Virginie Bertrand
Publié le 24/03/2018
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Lafayette © Delfino Sisto Legnani & Marco Cappelletti Vues de l’exposition Lutz Bacher, The Silence of the Sea, 10 mars - 30 
avril 2018 Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries 
Lafayette © Delfino Sisto Legnani & Marco Cappelletti

Vue de la verrière et toiture du bâtiment du 9 rue du Plâtre
© Delfino Sisto Legnani & Marco Cappelletti

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