Can we join forces with the unknown?
An year before the official opening of its permanent HQ Lafayette Anticipation gave us a taste of its progressive approach to visual arts, design and fashion. With the conceptual theme Faisons de l’inconnu un allié, Galeries Lafayette’s progressive new cultural institution presented a temporary show of 14 artists. Without directly relating to one another, the works on show interprepreted our relationship with the unknown, challenging the visitors’s perception and reaction towards the unexpected. Many of the artworks were conceived as work-in progress performances, such as The Circle Flute by Studio Brynjar & Veronika consisting in a circular flute played by four flutists for one listener at a time standing in the centre. The show widely featured the production process and conveyed a certain idea of incompletion, like Yngve Holen‘s Porche Panamera cars cut in four or the emphemeral yet persistant smells trapped by Anicka Yi inside washing machine’s doors, and Simon Fujiwara’s New Pompidou that thrown a bridge between the old and the new. Lafayette Anticipation‘s aim of going beyond certitudes, tackling the future and therefore the unpredictable, was perfectly embodied in the ephemeral showcasing setting, a three-floor hardware store with raw open spaces. Around this time next year, the new offshoot will unveil its first physical space: a production, innovation and exhibition hub occupying a late 19th century warehouse at 9 rue de Plâtre in the Marais, designed by the architectural firm OMA of stellar architect Rem Koolhaas.