21-23 November, Emma Lavigne and Thierry Raspail

Emma Lavigne

Emma Lavigne
Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Emma Lavigne is currently director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz. As curator at the Paris Cité de la Musique, she curated many exhibitions devoted to the connections between music, sound and contemporary art, she also organized the solo shows of major music or visual art artists such as Chen Zen, Christina Kubish, Saâdane Afif or Christian Marclay. In 2008, she moves to the Centre Pompidou where she was curator of the much admired Pierre Huyghe and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster retrospectives.

Since taking up her appointment as director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, she has curated, amongst other exhibitions, Warhol Underground , Kimsooja – To Breathe, Tadashi Kawamata -Under the Water, or MusicircusMajor works from Centre Pompidou.  She was curator of the French pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale with Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s experimental project Révolutions.

Thierry Raspail

Thierry Raspail
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon

An art historian whose PhD thesis bore on “the museum question”, Thierry Raspail began his career as a curator at the museum in Grenoble. After a number of assignments in West Africa he designed the museology for the Musée National in Bamako, Mali. He has been director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon since its founding in 1984. He has conceived a collection of generic works, in most cases on a monumental scale. He has been the curator or co-curator of many exhibitions : Robert Morris, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Bourgeois, Marina & Ulay Abramovic, John Baldessari, James Turell, George Brecht, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Cai Guo Qiang, Ben, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Huang Yong Ping, Jan Fabre. Together with Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Gunnar Kvaran, he has been curator for the exhibition  Indian Highway and  Imagine Brazil. Together with Jon Hendricks, he was curator for Yoko Ono : Lumière. In 1991, Thierry Raspail created the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, of which he has been artistic director. He curated the first three Biennials. Then, proposing a word valid for three editions as a guiding thread, he invited many international curators, such as Harald Szeemann, Jean-Hubert Martin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hou Hanru, Victoria Noorthoorn, Gunnar B.Kvaran, Ralph Rugoff. For the second episode of the trilogy with the word: modern, he has invited Emma Lavigne, director of Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The visit was realized in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy in Paris.