Daniel de Paula is included in the group of the forthcoming 16th Lyon Biennale, taking place in September 2022. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, “manifesto of fragility”, as it is called, positions fragility at the heart of a generative form of resistance that is emboldened by the past, responsive to the present, and primed for the future. Originally slated to open in 2021, the pandemic-postponed edition is now scheduled to run from 14 September to 31 December 2022.
Building on Lyon’s layered history, the biennale will unfold across two ‘axes’: a ‘horizontal, geographical’ one, featuring work by 87 contemporary artists from 39 countries engaging with fragility today, and a ‘vertical, temporal’ one, exploring the theme through a selection of 100 historical artworks and objects, on loan from various institutions including New York’s Met Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and local and regional museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and the Lugdunum Museum and Roman theatres.
Another thematic display, conceived by the curators as a point of intersection between those two axes, will consider fragility in the context of the 1960s era of Beirut’s Golden Age, with an additional 230 artworks by 34 artists and more than 300 archival documents drawn from nearly 40 collections worldwide. This section will bring to light Lyon’s historical connection with Beirut through the nineteenth-century silk trade, and the subsequent establishment of the French Mandate in 1920.
The exhibitions will take place across the biennale’s two main venues, the contemporary art museum macLYON and the disused Fagor factories, as well as in various venues across the city.