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Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans #1

Walking through someone else's dream

First edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans

More information about the Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans #1 on the official website: https://en.biennale-orleans.fr

The number of biennales and triennials around the world are on the rise. Each of them is trying to become the new synthesis of the international cultural scene, or looking to respond to an imposed theme such as architecture or urbanism. The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is a « biennale de collection » constructed as a confluence of memory: accrued memories - works of the collection - and future memories – those of the invited architects and artists.

The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, heir to the ArchiLab, is an intersecting vision from over forty contemporary architects working on building a shared world, a world of proximities. The intent is to question these architects, to ask them to tell us how they envision walking in our dreams and fears. Each of the different works from the architects is a dialogue; sometimes with the past, other times as a confrontation with the present. The future considered as a dream, one we will have to share and experience together. This rhizome of dialogs and the tensions between them forms the circuit for the Biennale, which spreads out to various venues throughout the city (Médiathèque d’Orléans, les Turbulences, the Collégiale Saint-Pierre Le Puellier, Vinaigreries Dessaux, Théâtre d’Orléans, and rue Jeanne D’Arc). And expands to the greater Region via: les Tanneries (Centre d’art contemporain) in Amilly, Galerie la Box-ENSA in Bourges, and Transpalette (Centre d’art contemporain) in Bourges. The hustle and bustle of the city – streets, walls, noise, and odours – all become a crucial part of the overall narrative.

The ensuing discussion between “the established and the modern”, between reality and fiction is articulated by three key figures: Guy Rottier, Demas Nwoko and Patrick Bouchain.

We have given Guy Rottier’s a monographic exhibition as an opportunity to activate the absurd, radical, transgression, along with the subversive tenderness found in the architect’s work as a driving force for architectural and urbanistic innovation.

Demas Nwoko has been invited to open a dialogue devoted to Africa.
Beginning with special attention devoted to his body of work and symposium of African architecture we will trace the evolution of African art and architecture since the 1950’s. Hopefully avoiding the trappings of the latest trends.

Patrick Bouchain, is our guest of honour. Following the donation of his entire archive to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire we are pleased to present his premier retrospective. The Biennale will become a space to discover and interact with his work in addition to creating an environment of dialogue and exchange: Visitors will be welcomed by a "High space for hospitality" designed by Patrick Bouchain and the collective PEROU. There, they will find an “Abri de l’écrit” to write a history of architecture with the architect and sociologist Jean-Pierre Frey, as well as a “people’s university”, an island for children, and a “public space”.

The Biennial expands throughout multiple territories, both the city and the broader region, all while exploring the dreams and diversity of its architects and artists. Like an architectural structure, the Biennial becomes a ritornello device between fiction and reality.

In short, this inaugural edition of The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is underpinned by the hope that visitors will transform themselves into living pieces of the exhibited works as the wonder between the various spaces, and places transformed by the event.


Curators of the Biennal
Abdelkader Damani & Luca Galofaro

Honored Guest

Patrick Bouchain


Guy Rottier

Associated curators

Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, african scene
Marco Brizzi, architecture and video
Monica Garcia, spanish scene
Gilles Rion, outdoor programAurélien Vernant, Frac collection

Artists and Architects

Artistes et architectes de la Biennale

2A+P/A, Italie
Amid.Cero9, Espagne
Aristide Antonas, Grèce
Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Espagne
Pierre Bernard, France
Jordi Bernadò, Espagne
Tatiana Bilbao, Mexique
BLACK SQUARE, Angleterre
Henry Bony & Léa Mosconi, France
Patrick Bouchain, France
Alexander Brodsky, Russie
Fabrizio Caròla, Italie
Cavart, Italie
Nidhal Chamekh, France
ecoLogicStudio, Angleterre
Encore Heureux, France
Ensamble Studio, Espagne
Frida Escobedo, Mexique
Factory Fifteen, Angleterre
Didier Fiuza Faustino, France
Lukas Feireiss, Allemagne
Gian Piero Frassinelli, Italie
Mathias Goeritz, Allemagne & Mexique

Saba Innab, Palestine
Jozef Jankovič, Slovaquie
Bernard Khoury, Liban
Lucia Koch, Brésil
Cédric Libert, Belgique
LIST, France
MAIO, Espagne
Maria Mallo, Espagne
Manthey Kula, Norvège
MICROCITIES (Socks Studio), France
Minimaforms, Angleterre
Demas Nwoko, Nigeria
OBRA Architects, USA

Hèctor Parra, Espagne
Ana Peñalba, Espagne
Andrés Perea Ortega, Espagne
PEROU, France
José Miguel de Prada Poole, Espagne
Thomas Raynaud, France
Guy Rottier, France
Francisco Javier Segui de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Espagne
Massinissa Selmani, Algérie
Beniamino Servino, Italie
Pierre Székely, Hongrie & France
Takk, Espagne
Max Turnheim, France
Luis Urculo, Espagne et Mexique
José Maria Yturralde, Espagne
Mengzhi Zheng, France
Annett Zinsmeister, Allemagne
1024, France

Figures historiques de la collection
Architecture Principe, France

Archizoom Associati, Italie

Chanéac, France

Constant Nieuwenhuys, Pays-Bas

Riccardo Dalisi, Italie

Gilles Ehrmann, France

David Georges Emmerich, France

Günter Günschel, Allemagne
Haus-Rucker-Co, Allemagne
Hans Hollein, Autriche

Pascal Häusermann, Suisse
Ugo La Pietra, Italie

Claude Parent, France

Ettore Sottsass Jr, Italie

Patrick Bouchain

Honored guest

Les Turbulences, Orléans

On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the Frac Centre- Val de Loire, a retrospective exhibition will retrace 4 decades of creation, pay tribute to his methodology, showcase years of learning and teaching, and highlight his political commitment to architecture. The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work.

His architecture is an architecture that trusts, values the workforce, focuses on residents, is cost-efficient, remains open-minded, defuses conflict, and overcomes the obstacles of “professional hindrances” for the sole pleasure of making.

Guy Rottier (1922 - 2013)

First monographic exhibition

This tribute exhibition will retrace Guy Rottier’s career and major projects, which are as many manifestos for an architecture that strays from the beaten track, like “tangible poetry” (Pierre Pinoncelli), always combining humour and wittiness with the ingenuity of technical solutions to bring genuine answers to issues faced by housing and to the needs of its users.

Demas Nwoko


Collégiale St Pierre Le Puellier, Orléans

Demas Nwoko is a major player in the history of Nigerian architecture. A guru of the ‘iconoclastic modernist movement’ since the 1950s, he was heavily involved in this demand for independence trendDemas Nwoko is a major player in the history of Nigerian architecture. A guru of the ‘iconoclastic modernist movement’ since the 1950s, he was heavily involved in this demand for independence trend and in the affirmation of cultural nationalism. An architect, artist, sculptor/ scenographer, entrepreneur and teacher, Nwoko advocates a synthesis of the arts to his pupils at the National College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria. and in the affirmation of cultural nationalism. An architect, artist, sculptor/ scenographer, entrepreneur and teacher, Nwoko advocates a synthesis of the arts to his pupils at the National College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria.

71 artists and architects

1 honored guest

  • Patrick Bouchain

1 tribute

  • Guy Rottier

1 focus

  • Demas Nwoko

2 residences

  • Mengzhi Zheng - CHD Daumezon, Fleury-les-Aubrais
  • Saba Innab - Transpalette / La Box, Bourges

8 exhibitions venues in Orléans

  • Les Turbulences - Frac Centre-Val de Loire
  • La Médiathèque
  • La borne
  • La rue Jeanne-d'Arc
  • Le parvis de la cathédrale
  • La Collégiale Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier
  • Les Vinaigreries Dessaux
  • Le Théâtre

4 exhibitions venues in Région Centre-Val de Loire

  • Les Tanneries – Centre d’art contemporain (Amilly)
  • Transpalette – Centre d’art contemporain (Bourges)
  • Galerie La Box - Ensa Bourges (Bourges)
  • Centre hospitalier Départemental Daumézon

6 symposia

  • Mental Land
  • Facing Forward: Africa and Architectural Imaginary - Dialogue with Demas Nwoko
  • Alternative and parallel: walking through someone else’s dream - Inevitability of culture, limits of counter-culture?
  • News from utopia: cartography of architectural research - International Schools of Architecture Symposium
  • Is it still possible to be a stranger?
  • Land of dreams to dreamland: Dream of a state to a state of a dream