Before the Storm exhibition
The Bourse de Commerce de Paris will live to the rhythm of the seasons until September 11, 2023, with its new cycle of exhibitions: “Before the Storm” raises awareness of the fragility of the world. Against the backdrop of the climate crisis, in the urgency of the present, before the storm breaks again, the artists in the exhibition invent unusual ecosystems that contain new seasons.
This artistic season brings together a series of exhibitions in which new creations blend with the museum's permanent collections. To do this, the entire museum space has been rethought and transformed.
Formerly the granary of Paris, the Bourse de Commerce building has been both a witness to and an agent in the global acceleration of predatory trade since 1889, resulting from colonisation and the intensive exploitation of the planet’s resources.
The building embodies this new, desynchronised cycle of time. Now the Bourse de Commerce, which could be that of a greenhouse, hosts a series of fleeting and contradictory temporalities, including the landscape imagined by Danh Vo for the Rotunda.
In the other spaces, a display from the Pinault Collection supports this birth of a new cycle of seasons, mutating ecosystems, all in a light approaching a climatic dusk. To name just a few, Hicham Berrada’s “Présage”, takes the visitor in a landscape in the throes of transformation; Diana Thater’s “Chernobyl” immerses the audience in an apocalyptic theatre; Pierre Huyghe’s “Untilled” (a play on the words “untitled” and “uncultivated”) recreates the world as experienced by non-humans, from dogs to insects, in a compost committed to new possibilities for fertilising the world. Welcome to the world in the moment right before the storm!