press release

Created in 2002 and based in the Rhône-Alpes region, Rendez-vous is an international platform dedicated to young art. Designed by a joint curatorship—Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and Ecole nationale des beaux-arts, Lyon—it is being further built up through the collaboration with international partners.

The 2009 event opens up new prospects. The Rendez-vous platform is now the occasion for an exhibition in the Rhône-Alpes region and also residencies and, next year, international exchanges (residencies and exhibitions).

In 2009, the exhibition is held at the Institut d'art contemporain in Villeurbanne and forms a focus within the framework of the Xth Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon.

The years 2008 and 2009 have been marked by residencies in Lyon for the four artists He An (China), Catalina Leon (Argentina), Tom Scicluna (USA) and Andrey Ustinov (Russia), and by residencies abroad for four Rhône-Alpes artists: Elise Cam at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Dae Jin Choi at the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Yan Gao at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and Linda Sanchez in Buenos Aires.

Thanks to support from the Rhône-Alpes Region, Rendez-vous 07 was presented at Shanghai Art Museum in 2008. This was an opportunity for emerging artists to establish relations with China and its very dynamic art scene.

With emphasis on production, Rendez-vous 09 presents the works of twenty artists of ten different nationalities and enables them to perform new projects in painting, sculpture, video, installations, etc.

Rendez-vous 09 confirms the commitment of the artistic partners of the previous event (Buenos Aires, Moscow and Beijing) and has greater opening to the international network by establishing links with bodies organizing events forming references on the art scene, and especially the biennials and triennials with which Lyon has close contacts: the biennials of Taipei, Istanbul, Moscow, Santa Fe, Liverpool, Mercosul, the Yokohama Triennial, and also Bandjoun and Vilnius.

The three institutions behind the project give the artists a demanding professional framework and offer optimum conditions for the visibility and dissemination of their work. This collaboration is based on the placing in perspective of a concentration of projects and of international exchanges.

As in 2007, the catalogue for Rendez-vous 09 is handled by a Rhône-Alpes graphic design team – Extrafine this time- and the first website* dedicated to the event has been inaugured this year.

Curators : Thierry Raspail and Isabelle Bertolotti, Director and curator of the Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon Nathalie Ergino, Director of the Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes Yves Robert, Director of the Ecole nationale des beaux-arts, Lyon

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Rendez-vous 09
Kuratoren: Thierry Raspail, Isabelle Bertolotti, Nathalie Ergino, Yves Robert

Künstler: Marti Anson, Botto & Bruno, Valery Chtak, Gintaras Didziapetris, Dilomprizulike , DRAN , Veronica Gomez, Kevin Hunt, Takehiro Iikawa, Armand Jalut, Magali Lefebvre, Elodie Lesourd, Nadia Lichtig, Charles Lopez, Laurina Paperina, Ludovic Paquelier, Bettina Samson, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Özlem Uzun, Ji Zhou