Photos : Isabelle Giovacchini


The Circle Flute

October 11–23, 2pm–8pm


Performative narrative by Rayyane Tabet

October 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 6pm

October 20 & 21, 4pm


discussions in collaboration with *DUUU *

Mary Ping (Slow and Steady Wins the Race), Made In Town & Hicham


October 11, 7pm


Rayyane Tabet, Tyler Coburn & Anna Colin

October 12, 7pm


Workshop Le Présent de nos savoirs #4 conducted by Rayyane Tabet

October 14, 7pm


Studio Brynjar & Veronika & Hicham Khalidi

October 22, 8:30pm

Listen to the discussions on

*This programme is susceptible to change. We welcome you to consult the Lafayette Anticipation Facebook for daily updates.

The production of a work of art requires a particular commitment, as it is the expression of an original idea. It entails the conjunction of complementary forces working towards the completion of a project whose outcome is unknown in advance—even to the artist. For three years, Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette has been working alongside artists, architects, performers, product and fashion designers, making it possible for them to produce new works, experiment, take risks and surround their projects with shared trust and collective intelligence.

Lafayette Anticipation offers a unique kind of artistic production centre, providing technical, financial and curatorial support to the creators of our time.

From October 11 to October 23, 2016, Faisons de l’inconnu un allié will occupy a temporary space located in the Marais. The works produced—sculptures, installations, films, intermittent or ongoing performances—have been commissioned by Lafayette Anticipation, and each of them demonstrates this unique commitment in its own way. This group presentation concludes the pre-opening programme begun by the Fondation in autumn 2013, while also heralding the autumn 2017 opening of its building at 9 rue du Plâtre, renovated by architect Rem Koolhaas’s agency, OMA. In line with the institution’s interdisciplinary and social missions, Faisons de l’inconnu un allié brings together international creators from the fields of contemporary art, design and fashion whose work demonstrates a commitment to change, whether social or cultural, tangible or symbolic.

Fourteen artists and designers are taking part in this presentation: some of them have previously collaborated with Lafayette Anticipation, while others have conceived their projects specifically for this presentation.  

Faisons de l’inconnu un allié reflects the Fondation’s core missions: to produce and to anticipate. In many ways, artistic creation—and the research, experimentation, transformation and materialisation of the thought process it entails—is a journey into the unknown, an openness to uncertainty as a value. The term anticipate channels the idea of a near future and evokes the inventive apprehension of shifting horizons. Aligning this notion with an institutional approach, the Fondation understands its role in terms of anticipating the needs of those—artists, thinkers and other singular voices—who are searching for new forms of expression to give meaning to the complex era in which we live.

The invited artists are conspicuously linked by an interest in production processes, whether they practice or reference manual work (Mimosa Echard, Simon Fujiwara, Lucy McKenzie, Valerie Snobeck), use industrial or digital technologies (Camille Blatrix, Tyler Coburn, Yngve Holen, Oliver Laric, Rayyane Tabet), or incorporate other forms of know-how into their creative process (Perks And Mini, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Studio Brynjar & Veronika, Cally Spooner, Anicka Yi).

These approaches on the modalities of production do not however constitute the primary themes of the works; instead they serve to foster thoughts on subjects such as heritage, archaeology, architecture, repair, reproduction, distribution, community, utopia and alternative futures.

Every project generates its own network of voices and contributors: historians, museum curators, master plasterers, industrial designers, watchmakers, stringed instrument makers and flutists. These allied experts play a game of intellectual speculation, carving around a meaningful unknown—art—the precious, essentially humane links that are severely lacking in today’s social and political landscape.     

Faisons de l’inconnu un allié will also provide the opportunity to revisit the moments leading up to the event/presentation (October 2013—October 2016) which allowed the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette to define its institutional and curatorial projects. A book will be published in parallel to the exhibit, recounting the Fondation’s first years of existence and activity. This publication, composed of fundamental texts and production specifications, will gather written contributions by Howard Becker and Franck Leibovici, Anja Aranowsky Cronberg, Neil Cummings, Rem Koolhaas and Quinn Latimer, among others.

Faisons de l’inconnu un allié is the first project conceived by the Fondation’s inaugural curatorial collective, consisting of Charles Aubin, Anna Colin, Hicham Khalidi and François Quintin.


Lafayette Anticipation’s programming is based on a shared thought process, seeking to defy the curator’s signature in favour of collective intelligence. As such, every three years, the Fondation invites and supports independent curators living abroad. Lafayette Anticipation thus maintains permanent contact with a range of artistic scenes and and key players in the art world. This first curatorial group, led by François Quintin, is composed of three curators whose specialisations are a reflection of Lafayette Anticipation’s objectives: Charles Aubin, Anna Colin and Hicham Khalidi. Living respectively in New York City, London and Brussels, their projects fuel and foster new collaborative possibilities, unexpected and stimulating artistic invitations, fortuitous encounters. Anchored each in their own way in new practices of contemporary art, they contribute actively a performative dimension to Lafayette Anticipation, as well as an interest in socially engaged research and an openness to fashion and design.


Joining Forces with the Unknown exhibit location:
16 rue Debelleyme (previously Weber Métaux store)
75003 Paris

Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM
Every day from October 11 - 23, 2016

Free entry.