franck leibovici, first to be awarded our new grant

20 Nov 2017

With the vocations of working closely with artists and promoting visual heritage in common, ADAGP and Villa Vassilieff have co-created a grant research programme aimed at developing the work of an artist on the distribution and reproduction of images.


An ADAGP & Villa Vassilieff project

In connection with a research programme developed around the photographic archives of Marc Vaux stored at the Centre Pompidou, this research grant allows artists to undertake the production of new works in a context favourable to the dissemination of knowledge. This programme has been designed as an artistic research platform dedicated to the piloting of non-linear models of knowledge production and distribution between researchers, contemporary artists, associations, cultural institutions and the general public.


2017 Winner: Franck Leibovici
The first artist to benefit from this grant is franck leibovici (France) who has developed a research programme centred on the issue of exhibitionary devices over several months. He will organise variable geometry seminars involving researchers, artists, theorists, scientists, and exhibition curators. From that he will collect a set of display devices used today in contemporary art as well as in other disciplinary fields – social sciences, international criminal law, etc. These exchanges will be the subject of a book and a pubic report, scheduled for the first weekend of February 2018.


About franck leibovici
franck leibovici (poet, artist) endeavours to chronicle so-called "low intensity" conflicts, via exhibitions, performances, books, by means of graphic scores and notational systems taken from experimental music, dance, linguistics – poetic documents (Al Dante, 2007), Chinese portraits (Al Dante, 2007), a mini opera for non-musicians  (to be published, 2017). In 2012 and 2013, he published spam correspondence and 70 hours of speeches (lettres de jérusalem, 2012; filibuster, jeu de paume, 2013). He has also developed an approach on the ecology of artwork (des formes de vie) – an ecology of artistic practices (the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers/theoretical issues, 2012); ordinary conversations (les presses du réel/villa Arson, 2014); refresh ! /collecting live art (Tate modern/Koenig, 2012-2014).
franck leibovici is currently working with Julien Seroussi, on a new cycle of exhibitions (Krakow, Berlin, the Hague) and publications (bogoro, theoretical issues, 2016) on the invention of contemporary international justice and the first trial of the international criminal court of the Hague.
Latest exhibitions (collective): Beat generations, MNAM, Centre Pompidou, 2016; Dreams & dramas, NGBK, Berlin, 2017; Polyphony, MNAM, Centre Pompidou, 2017; Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennial, 2017.


About Villa Vassilieff
Villa Vassilieff, a new cultural establishment owned by the City of Paris, opened its doors in February 2016 in the heart of  Montparnasse, on the site of Marie Vassilieff's former studio, which housed the musée du Montparnasse until 2013. It is managed by Bétonsalon – The Centre of Art and Research, which has opened its second site of activities. Villa Vassilieff is designed to be a place for working and living, where to stimulate the blossoming of ideas, encounters and the sharing of knowledge.