Guide de l’art contemporain dans les espaces publics
Conception and réalisation : Marianne Homiridis and Perrine Lacroix
Cartography : Alain Bublex
Préface : Marie Claude Jeune and Jean Pierre Saez
Design : Perrine Lacroix assisted by Samuel Rambaud and Tony Simoes Relvas
Photos : Marianne Homiridis, Samuel Rambaud, Lucja Ramotowski - Brunet + DR
Translation : Céline Valentin-Foggie and Angus Foggie
Édition : La BF15
Some may recall it, it was the first guide of the statuary of Lyon, Punctuations, was produced by the artist
Daniel Buren in 1980, along with his applied work on the bases of statues adorning squares and gardens of Lyon and Villeurbanne. With accuracy, he raised the problems of statuary and its location in the urban space.
Since that initial inventory, the «statuary» has changed its name and face. It is now more commonly known as «public art», and has lost its pedestal-base, it does not exhibit effigies any more, does not commemorate events any more. The circle of partners has widened, the notion of public space has expanded and new questions have emerged.
The Guide to contemporary art in the public spaces. Greater Lyon. 1978/2008 illustrates how these changes have operated in the art and the art policies over the last thirty years. It begins in 1978 with the first Symposium of sculpture and the first commissions given to artists for the Lyon metro.
These events laid the foundations for the integration of contemporary art into our Lyonnais territory.
The guide reveals a panorama of nearly three hundred works that gradually introduce new forms, new materials and new methods. Before the alphabetic inventory, a timeline shows this development as it reveals the magnitude of annual orders.
In the notion of public space, we consider all public and semi-public buildings (colleges, schools, etc.) and spaces, that receive the public.
To establish this list, we combined a variety of sources: institutional inventories – town councils, the ministère de la Culture DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Région Rhône-Alpes - catalogues of sculpture Symposium, a few books and academic studies, and the memories of the artists themselves. It is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, without selection for convenience, while remaining in the field of fine arts. The artworks are identified and located by arrondissements and towns.
For the cartography, we have entrusted the implementation of the maps to the artist Alain Bublex who draws his work from the history of architecture and urbanism. He thought the vast project, more poetic than utilitarian, It returns to Lyon its mists. An undertaking that emphasises both the utopia and emptiness of all our sites. For the texts, we gave preference to the artists’ voices, when it was possible (see their initials at the end of the
texts). The notes they have given us relate their intentions. The writing, more or less detailed, is sometimes lyrical, descriptive or technical…This «direct» exchange between the artist and the reader seeks a fresh look and facilitates the (re) discovery of a work.
In the preface, Marie-Claude Jeune and Jean-Pierre Saez exchange reflections on contemporary art in the public space.
At the end of the guide, different routes are offered to walkers, children or grown-ups, by personalties of cultural, political, social and economic life. The aim of this guide is to share with the largest possible number of amateurs, curious, tourists but also professionals and students, the wealth and generosity of contemporary art in the public space.
It helps to give the public a better understanding of contemporary art through the works around them. It also helps to identify and highlight the work of many artists and sponsors.
It is for this double reason that La BF15 has been actively engaged in this project.
The Guide to contemporary art in the public spaces. Greater Lyon. 1978/2008 allows the residents and passers-by to better appropriate what constitutes the space in which they live or travel and perhaps to better understand and respect their collective inheritance.
It shows that our territory has a contemporary living heritage and a real policy towards commissioning art.
Marianne Homiridis et Perrine Lacroix