26 -30 October: French guests

French guests French guests

In collaboration with the Embassy from the Netherlands in Paris the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of French curators and directors from different institutions in France.

Alexandra Baudelot
Alexandra Baudelot

Co-director Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

Co-director of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris northern suburbs) since 2013, Alexandra Baudelot works for several years as an exhibition curator, editor and author. In 2009 she created and managed the contemporary art platform Rosascape, an independent art centre based in Paris. At Rosascape she curated exhibitions with Katinka Bock, Ulla von Brandenburg, Raymond Gervais, Benoît Maire, Vittorio Santoro, Berger&Berger, Adrian Dan and produced artist books and editorial artistic projects. She is interested in production strategies, the artistic research process and reflections on the role of artwork and ways of sharing it with the public – through formats such as exhibits, performances, conferences, and publications – for all disciplines. In 2016 she will curate a serie of three exhibitions with Ulla von Brandenburg at The Power Plant (Toronto), The Darling Foundry (Montreal) and The Matadero (Madrid).

Mélanie Bouteloup
Mélanie Bouteloup

Co-founder and the current director of Bétonsalon

Mélanie Bouteloup is a co-founder and the current director of Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research. Over the last ten years, she has curated numerous projects in various forms that anchor research in society on process-based, collaborative and discursive levels, following different time spans, in cooperation with various local, national and international organizations. In 2012, Mélanie Bouteloup is associate curator with artistic director Okwui Enwezor of the Paris Triennale – an event organised on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication/DGCA, the Centre National des Arts Plastiques and the Palais de Tokyo.

portrait Thomas Delamarre
Thomas Delamarre
Curator Fondation Cartier

Thomas Delamarre is a curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. His most recent exhibition projects include Bruce Nauman (2015), Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Musings on a glass box (2014) and Guillermo Kuitca – The Inhabitants (2014). In 2014, he also organized The Infinite Conversation, an interview marathon with Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Previously at Fondation Cartier, he curated and coordinated such exhibitions as Mathematics, A Beautiful Elsewhere (2011), Born in the Streets – Graffiti (2009) and Agnès Varda – L’Île et elle (2006), as well as Patti Smith’s series of concerts and performances in conjunction with her exhibition Patti Smith, Land 250 (2008).

In 2012 and 2013, he was the Program Officer for visual arts, architecture and design at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States (New York). Prior to this, he curated and organized several performing arts projects, such as Danse élargie contest with choreographer Boris Charmatz at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris (2010 and 2012).


Hélene Guenin
Hélene Guenin

Head of programming Centre Pompidou-Metz

At Centre Pompidou-Metz, alongside the Director, she supervises exhibition projects (4 to 6 per year) and parallel programming of live arts and performances in the Centre and in two dedicated spaces: a studio (196 seats) and an auditorium (144 seats).
With her team she curates a multidisciplinary artistic programme proposing a form of dialogue between the exhibitions and the performing arts, literature, conferences and the cinema. Priority is given to forms offering gateways between the various fields of creation, such as theatre, dance, music and the visual arts.

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

Curator Palais de Tokyo

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel is a curator at Palais de Tokyo (Paris) since 2012. In 2015, she curated “Le bord des mondes” (The edge of the worlds), an exhibition inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s question “Can one make works of art which are not ‘of art’?” that challenged art boundaries.  Recent projects at Palais de Tokyo include, among others, solo shows by Ed Atkins, David Douard, Helen Marten and François Curlet. Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel has collaborated on several occasions with the MoMA PS1 around performative projects (“72 hours of truce”, 2013; “Bright intervals”, 2014) and with the Stedelijk Museum and Trouw for the solo show by Fouad Bouchoucha presented in Amsterdam in July 2014. Forthcoming projects include, among others, solo shows by Marguerite Humeau and Tino Sehgal.

Frédéric Mazelly
Frédéric Mazelly

Artistic director La Villette

Artistic Director of the Park and Grande Halle de la Villette – Performing arts and visual arts department
Annual artistic program, strategy and management.
Networking with international presenters, French partner for Create to Connect (EU).
Residency program for young artists in dance, theatre, circus, music (130 different companies per year).
Exceptional projects: Romeo Castellucci, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Johan Le Guilerm, Philippe Decouflé, Hofesh Shechter, Fura Dels Baus.
Focus: Africa (2008), South Africa (2010), Street of the world (2011), Villette Street (2014)