Years of Solitude


Life is an ode to solitude.
A desire for distance, the pleasure of being far away.
Not that this is a necessity, but through a strange and mysterious collision of thoughts, living is the visceral need for a solitary nostalgia of imbalance.
Solitude is an expectation, a protection from the world.

Being able to be alone, this is the trial of the century.

This Biennale is a call for an archipelago of solitudes.

For the second edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, we have invited six guest curators to tell tales of solitude from around the world, in places where architecture is still a form of engagement with reality and a “promise” for freedom: Des rêves vus de près [Dreams Seen Up Close] (Collégiale Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier) looks back on the resistance of the Brazilian group Arquitetura Nova confronting the Brazilian dictatorship (1964–1985) ; Mes réalisations parleront pour moi [My Creations Will Speak for Me] (Les Turbulences) offers an interpretation of the Algerian œuvre of the french architect Fernand Pouillon ; L’étrangère sur terre [This land’s unknown] (Rue Jeanne-d’Arc) brings together Arabic artists and architects whose work contributes to Arabic movements of emancipation from authoritarian discourses and systems; De la solitude à la désolation [From Solitude to Desolation] (Théâtre d’Orléans) delivers an uncompromising analysis of contemporary Mexico; and the collective installation L’architecture comme animal mutant [The Architectural Beast] (Les Turbulences) is a system of hybridization in which all architectural creatures free themselves of their creator.

The event affirms its position as a collections biennial. The MAXXI collection therefore takes pride of place, while a monograph entitled Homo Faber: un récit [Homo Faber: a Narrative] presents the work of one of the star architects of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire collection: Günter Günschel (Les Turbulences).

Between these landscapes, works by artists and architects (including John Hejduk, Absalon, Karen Lohrmann & Stefano de Martino, John Cage, Takk, Santiago Borja, Ahmed Mater, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Lacaton & Vassal, and Julie Nioche) constitute an open-ended primer on the notion – at once feared and desired – of “solitude”.

The Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans is also a cartography, which is represented through thirteen exhibition sites, three main participating territories (the city of Orléans, Orléans-La Source, Azay-le-Rideau), thirty associated facilities, and over thirty projects undertaken in co-production with art and architecture schools, universities, but also the schools, associations, and residents of the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Abdelkader Damani & Luca Galofaro


Dreams seen up close

Monograph dedicated to Arquitetura Nova, Biennale's guest of honor, group of Brazilian architects (1961-1971)
Curator: Davide Sacconi

The architectural beast

Collective installation
Curator: Hernan Diaz Alonso

Homo Faber: a narrative

Homo Faber: a narrative
Monograph dedicated to Günter Günschel
Curator: Cornelia Escher

My creations will speak for me

Monograph dedicated to Fernand Pouillon
Curator: Pierre Frey

المجْهولة من الأَرض

This Land’s Unknown
Collective exhibition
Curator: Nora Akawi

From solitude to desolation

Collective exhibition
Curator: Frida Escobedo + instituto de investigaciones independientes (Luciano Concheiro et Xavier Nueno)

Guest collection

The MAXXI architecture collection

The Biennale invites the MAXXI architecture collection.

The Biennale sites


The Biennale at the Turbulences


Rue Jeanne-d'Arc

30/09/2019 - 31/10/2019

Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier

11/10/2019 - 19/01/2020

Théâtre d'Orléans


Crypte Saint-Avit

11/10/2019 - 19/01/2020

Crypte Saint-Aignan

11/10/2019 - 19/01/2020

Orléans library

11/10/2019 - 19/01/2020

Place Pierre Minouflet and Médiathèque Maurice Genevoix

11/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

Campo Santo

11/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

Jardin de l'Évêché

11/10/2019 - 27/10/2019

Place Sainte-Beuve

11/10/2019 - 21/10/2019

Parc Floral de La Source Orléans-Loiret

11/10/2019 - 19/01/2020

Région Centre-Val de Loire

Les Tours de Babel


Esplanade Française Vierzon

november 2019 - february 2020


Limites à l’infini

03/10/2019 - 28/11/2019

Architects and artists

AAU Anastas, Palestine
Rand Abdul Jabbar, Iraq
Absalon, Israel
Atelier Manferdini, Italy
BairBalliet, USA
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Italy / France
Daphné Bengoa, France-Switzerland
André Bloc, France
Santiago Borja, Mexico
John Cage, USA
Bertrand Cavalier, France
Nidhal Chamekh, Tunisia
Paloma Contreras Lomas, Mexico
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mexico
Costantino Dardi, Italia
Design Earth, USA
Hernan Diaz Alonso, USA-Argentina
feminist architecture collaborative, USA
Miguel Fernández de Castro, Mexique
Bernard Gachet, Switzerland
Griffin Enright, USA
Günter Günschel, Germany
Zaha Hadid, Iraq-UK
Susan Hefuna, Germany-Egypt
John Hejduk, USA
Anne Huffschmid and Jan-Holger Hennies, Germany
Damjan Jovanovic, Serbia
Alberto Kalach, Mexico
Ferda Kolatan, USA
Lacaton & Vassal, France

Karen Lohrmann and Stefano de Martino, Germany / Italy
Jumana Manna,USA
Fabian Marcaccio, Italy
Chris Marker, France
Ahmed Mater, Saudi Arabia
Lucy McRae, United Kingdom - Australia
MTL Collective, Palestine-India
Julie Nioche, France
Objectile, France
Driss Ouadahi, Algeria
Florencia Pita and Co, USA
Ricardo Porro, Cuba
Fernand Pouillon, France
Casey Rehm, USA
Ruy Klein, USA
Maurizio Sacripanti, Italia
Beniamino Servino, Italy
Servo LA-Stockholm, USA-Sweden
Sigil Collective, Syria-USA
Takk, Spain
Pascale Marthine Tayou, Cameroon
Testa & Weiser, USA
Laure Tixier and Hervé Rousseau, France
Usina_Ctah, Brazil
Tom Wiscombe, USA
Ezra Wube, Ethiopia
Liam Young, Australia
Ala Younis, Kuwait
Tania Ximena and Yóllotl Alvarado, Mexico


Artistic Director
Abdelkader Damani

General curators
Abdelkader Damani & Luca Galofaro

Associated curators
Davide Sacconi, Dreams seen up close
Pierre Frey, My creations will speak for me
Nora Akawi, Al majhoola min al-ard
Frida Escobedo & Luciano Concheiro and Xavier Nueno (instituto de investigaciones independientes), From solitude to desolation
Hernan Diaz Alonso, The architectural beast
Cornelia Escher, Homo Faber: un récit


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