- Vue de l’exposition "Groupe Mobile", Villa Vassilieff, Paris, 2016. Avec des œuvres de Jean Bhownagary, Life After Life, Suki Seokyeong Kang et Marc Vaux. Image : Aurélien Mole
Villa Vassilieff opened its doors on Saturday, February 13, 2016, with an exhibition entitled Groupe Mobile, gathering some sixty international artists and researchers.
Villa Vassilieff, a new cultural establishment owned by the City of Paris, opened its doors on February 2016 in the heart of Montparnasse, on the site of Marie Vassilieff’s former studio, which until 2013 housed the Musée du Montparnasse. It is run by Bétonsalon — Center for art and research, which is thus opening its second site of activities. Villa Vassilieff is conceived as a place for working and living, where to stimulate the blossoming of ideas, encounters and the sharing of knowledge.
Villa Vassilieff has witnessed over a century of history and represents an outstanding cultural heritage. Today, Villa Vassilieff intends to reconnect with this history by inviting artists and researchers to look at past and present resources of Montparnasse from a contemporary perspective. Through exhibitions, seminars, workshops, projections and encounters of all kinds, the Villa strives to shake up art’s place in society in particular by questioning the role and uses of heritage.
Pernod Ricard, its leading sponsor, has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a grant aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year in the Villa’s studio.
Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research
Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research has been designed as a space in which to reflect on and in society, and is working towards the confluence of art and research in order to question the standardised forms of the creation, classification and distribution of knowledge. The Center for Art and Research is located in the 13th arrondissement, on the ground floor of the Université Paris 7; Villa Vassilieff, located in the 15th arrondissement, is the second location for its activities.
The Board of Directors of Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research is comprised of Bernard Blistène, Marie Cozette, Mathilde Villeneuve, Guillaume Désanges, Laurent Le Bon, Sandra Terdjman and Françoise Vergès, as well as representatives of the City of Paris, the Université Paris 7 and the Regional Office for Cultural Affairs for Ile-de-France – Culture and Communication Ministry.
Bétonsalon – Centre of Art and Research is supported by the City of Paris, University Paris Diderot, the Regional Office for Cultural Affairs for Ile-de-France – Culture and Communication Ministry, and the Regional Council of Ile-de-France. Bétonsalon - Centre of Art and Research is a member of Tram, the Paris/Île-de-France contemporary arts network, and of d.c.a / the French Organisation for the Development of centres d’art.
The project of Villa Vassilieff, run by Bétonsalon — Center for Art and Research, was made possible thanks to the support of both public and private partners, notably Ville de Paris, région Ile-de-France and Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques. Pernod Ricard is Villa Vassilieff’s leading sponsor.