Paris is teeming with culture and arts. Its structures, some dating back centuries ago are considered cultural treasures and valued for their beauty and the character they give to the city’s landscape. That’s why a lot of people, French or not, mourned the destruction of the beloved spire atop the Notre-Dame last month. It has come to signify a lot of things for Parisians and worldly tourists alike.
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Only a few structures in Paris measure up to the influence of Notre-Dame, one of which is the Palais de Tokyo in the 16th arrondissement, the largest center of contemporary art in Europe. And for good reason.
The building was inaugurated in 1937 for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology and withstood the second World War. It houses two museums: one on the east wing called the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and another on its west wing called the Musée national d’art moderne, which eventually give way to the establishment of Palais de Tokyo also known as the Site de création contemporaine in 2002.
One of their upcoming exhibits in June will feature four Filipino artists as part of a group show called City Prince/sses featuring artists from cities such as Dhaka, Lagos, Manila, Mexico City, and Tehran.
“Their cultural, political and social singularities teem with numerous narratives which are all side-tracks providing glimpses into their identities, devoid of anything that could be univocal,” reads the shows exhibition notes on the Palais de Tokyo website.
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Congratulations to SILVERLENS Artists Dina Gadia and Pow Martinez for being selected to participate in Palais de Tokyo’s upcoming group exhibition ‘City Prince/sses’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘City Prince/sses’ opens on 21 June 2019 and runs until 8 September 2019. The exhibition is presented as an imaginary, multiple and complex city, without borders, messy, staggering and creative: an unpredictable laboratory, which is always in motion and being (re)constructed. Visual artists, creators, fashion designers, experimenters, tattooists, musicians: a good fifty artists are presented without any geographical grouping, mostly via new productions and in situ interventions. City Prince/sses Palais de Tokyo, Paris 21 June – 8 September 2019 Curator: Hugo Vitrani Associate curator: Fabien Danesi Scenographer: Olivier Goethals For more information about ‘City Prince/sses’, visit bit.ly/City-Princesses. To know more about Dina Gadia and Pow Martinez, visit www.silverlensgalleries.com #DinaGadia #PowMartinez #CityPrincesses #PalaisdeTokyo #ContemporaryArt #ArtPH
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Dina Gadia, Pow Martinez, Ha.Mü, Dex Fernandez, John Jayvee del Rosario and Maine Magno of Urban Decay Planning, Leeroy New, Timmy Harn, and Doktor Karayom are among the 50 visual artists, creators, fashion designers, experimenters, tattooists, and musicians that will be featured from Jun. 21 to Sep. 8.
The presentation of the show was conceptualized by architect and artist Olivier Goethals, “according to the rhythms of day and night, from profusion to desaturation, alternating between monographic zones and terrains for encounters.”
City Prince/sses is curated by Hugo Vitrani and Fabien Danesi.
Header photo courtesy of Palais de Tokyo