Les Voix de la Vallée

Fabrice Hyber and Hans Ulrich Obrist


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This night class is available on podcast.

About the night class

As part of the exhibition The Valley, the Fondation Cartier invites Fabrice Hyber, artist-sower whose work is honored through this exhibition, and exhibition curator and art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist to participate in the Voices of the Valley evening class series. Within the exhibition spaces, they will discuss the hypotheses proposed by Fabrice Hyber in his paintings before a live audience.

On this evening, Friday, January 6, on the occasion of the Epiphany, they will explore the beginning of things and their manifestation. Based on the works Error and Hyberhéros, the two longstanding friends ask themselves the question: “What is an epiphany?” and explore topics like luminous revelations, the seed as potential until the appearance of the hero, the king. The conversation may even turn into a performance!

This live discussion will be broadcast simultaneously on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, and in the form of podcasts via the main platforms.

With the participation of:

  • Picture Lumento - Charles-Henri Paysan.
    Fabrice Hyber

    Born in the Vendée in 1961, Fabrice Hyber studied math and physics before entering the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes. Since the start of his career in the 1980s, to his becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Golden Lion at the 1997 Venice Art Biennale, the artist has garnered increasing attention on the international scene. His work has been shown at numerous prestigious institutional venues in France and elsewhere, and he has participated in important international arts events. Invariably starting from the practice of drawing and painting, he explores all modes of expression. His way of working across various formats is enriched each time by a dialogue with multiple disciplines (from physics to the neurosciences, from astronomy to herbal medicine, from micro to macro, etc.), thereby allowing the spectator/actor to approach other universes and possibilities of action. Transmission is at the heart of the work of this artist for whom “art is a way of learning about the world by making it.” Fabrice Hyber was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2018, and in 2021, was appointed ambassador of the French National Forestry Board’s “Agir pour la forêt” program, in recognition for his work and commitment to forests.

  • Picture Lukas Wassmann.
    Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine in London, Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles, and Senior Artistic Advisor at The Shed in New York. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 350 exhibitions. Most notable amongst these are the Do It series (1993–), Take Me (I'm Yours) in London (1995), Paris (2015), New York (2016), and Milan (2017); and the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). Obrist has also co-curated the Cities on The Move series (1996–2000), Laboratorium (1999); the operatic group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino in Manchester (2007) and Basel (2009), and The 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Rooms series (2011–2015). Obrist's recent shows include IT'S URGENT at LUMA Arles (2019-2021), and Enzo Mari at Triennale Milano (2020). The Handwriting Project, which protests the disappearance of handwriting in the digital age, has been taking place on Instagram since 2013 (@hansulrichobrist).

Practical information

Additional information

Estimated duration: 1 hour.
Discussions in French.
Free seating within the limit of available spaces.
Access to the classroom where the evening class is held upon presentation of the exhibition ticket.
This ticket includes access to the evening class on the date chosen when booking, as well as entry to the exhibition that same day from 5pm.
The evening classes are broadcast live on the websites of the Fondation Cartier and *Duuu Radio, before being made available in the form of podcasts.
Latecomers will not be allowed access to the event so as not to disturb the speakers or interfere with the audio recording. We thank the audience in advance for their punctuality.

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