Revealing the artworks of the Société Générale art Collection and multiplying perspectives: that’s what “Little Stories” is trying to achieve. This new exhibition will be held in the Société Générale towers of La Défense, near Paris, from the 20th of September until the 30th of April 2020. Featuring more than a hundred artworks and 1001 stories and anecdotes about them, it creates just as many different ways of looking at, talking about, and ultimately sharing art.
Société Générale’s headquarters, the artworks of the Collection offer a
backdrop to the daily activities of the bank: they can be found in corridors,
meeting rooms, cafeterias, or staff canteens. The question of reception is
central to the issues tackled by contemporary art: the pieces of the Collection
are watched during tours organised with schools, private individuals or groups
and just glanced at by the employees and their collaborators. A part of their
daily lives, they make it their own, setting up appointments next to Barry
Flanagan’s bronze elephant, for instance. The range of gazes looking at the
artists’ works is infinite: fleeting or curious, inexperienced or
well-informed, all these outlooks create unique relationships with artworks
ranging from abstract installations to figurative paintings.
interactions with the works exhibited, the anecdotes people share about them,
and the little stories they tell around them are at the heart of the “Little
Stories” exhibition: although clichés depict contemporary art as abstruse,
here, it is deeply relational. Each painting, installation, and sculpture comes
with anecdotes told by our cultural mediators. Their role as facilitators is at
the centre of the exhibition: their usual mission of explaining the artist’s
work to the public – and to clarify the usual “I don’t get it” – is actually
going both ways as they bring the reaction of the visitors back to the artwork.
The possibilities of interaction with the pieces are endless: young visitors
turn François Morellet’s 16 côtés du carré (16 sides of the square) into
pick-up-sticks or lightsabers, and the abstraction of Zao Wou-Ki’s 19.10.76 becomes
the viewers of the exhibition to share as well, a couple of things have been
set up: first, a digital visitor’s book where they can leave their thoughts and
comments on “Little stories”, and an application, “Collection d’art Société
Générale”. Based on image recognition, it gives detailed information on an
artwork and its author by taking a picture of it. It will be available for
download on every app-store starting from the 20th of September.
“Little Stories” will be part of the European Heritage Days and after that, it
will be open and free for all, private visitors, groups and schools alike, upon
simple reservation online on the Collection’s website. Ready to share your
little stories with us?
Société Générale towers, 17 cours Valmy, 92800 Puteaux
From Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 18.00
Book your visit online or at firstname.lastname@example.org