The grant ADAGP – Etant donnés 2021

22 Jul 2021

In 2021, the grant ADAGP – Etant donnés will endow two group exhibitions Bringing together artists from the French scene. The New Museum (New York) exhibits one of the winning projects in October.



Initiated by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and their partner foundation, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Given is a device that offers financial support to American non-profit institutions wishing to present the work of artists from the French scene.

The ADAGP wished to support the program by offering two grants of € 15,000 each for assistance with the exhibition, in American institutions, of artists who are members of ADAGP in their mid-career, of French nationality (or having resided in France for more than 5 years).

This year, ADAGP is supporting the following two group exhibitions:


Triennale 2021: "Soft Water Hard Stone"

From October 26, 2021 to January 23, 2022 at the New Museum (NYC)

With the artists Alex Ayed and Gaëlle Choisne


The title of the 2021 Triennial, "Soft Water Hard Stone", is taken from a proverb well known in Brazil: Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura (Soft water on hard stone hits until that she drills a hole).

We can say that the proverb has two meanings: if one persists long enough, the desired effect can eventually be achieved; and time can destroy even the strongest materials. The title talks about ideas of resilience and perseverance, and the impact that an insistent but discreet gesture can have over time.

In this time of profound change, where structures that were once believed to be stable are proving to be precarious, broken or on the verge of collapse, the 2021 Triennale rewards artists who reinvent traditional models, materials and techniques beyond established institutional paradigms. Their works exalt states of transformation, drawing attention to the malleability of structures, porous and unstable surfaces, and the fluid and adaptable potential of technological and organic media. Find out more


Be Water: Liquidity as Method

From May 27, 2022 to January 15, 2023 at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC Cincinnati)

Group exhibition with Marguerite Humeau, Emeric Lhuisset, Paul Maheke, Josefa Ntjam, Marco Avila Forero, Elsa Brès, Ali Cherri


The Contemporary Art Center (CAC) will present Be Water: Liquidity as Method, a hybrid exhibition based on research, live and digital projection and a scientific catalog that examines how society and individuals can become more fluid and porous, by adopting tactics and water attributes.

Composed of installations, videos, photographs, paintings, performances and sculptures attentive to aquatic environments and states of being, Be Water: Liquidity as Method examines how water affects us and how, in turn, we affect the water bodies. The exhibition will be structured around four specific thematic groups, examining the following conceptual orientations: Water as origin, Water as protest, Water as speculation and Water as sustenance.

This extensive group exhibit will fill the ACC's Zaha Hadid-designed museum building in downtown Cincinnati from May 27, 2022 to January 15, 2023.



The 2018 winners

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The 2020 winners


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