ARTHUR CORDIER                                                                                     ︎ ︎







Arthur Cordier’s practice reflects on the economic uses of public space, with a focus on the display structures and the consumerist logic of advertising. Working with sculpture, installation, video, photography, and performance, he explores the forms of decay inherent to promotional systems... 

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UPCOMING

un peu de jambon pour un peu de culture?
Group exhibition, curated by LABO#5 Leuven. BE - postponed to May 2021



CURRENT

(curatorial advisor)
A finger in every pie
Fine Art exhibition (4th year), Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Opening 10.12.20

(curation)
of statements on the - Dilum Coppens 
Art Au Centre #4. Group exhibition, Liège
Until - 31.12.20



RECENT

SWAB Contemporary Art Fair
With The Balcony & Susan Bites, Barcelona. ES
01.10.20 - 15.10.20

Curating the Young
Permeke Public Library, Antwerpen - 08.07.20 - 03.08.20 

(curation)
‘Work, Comfort, Home’ - Michael Mönnich
Art Au Centre #3. Group exhibition, Liège
09.06.20 - 30.08.20

beauty / ?
Group exhibition, curated by Dilum Coppens and Sandra Meilunaite, K.L.8. Brussels - 17.07.20 - 24.07.20

The Town Mouse and the Country House
Group exhibition at The Balcony. The Hague
24.06.20 - 15.07.20

The Town Mouse and the Country House
Group exhibition, curated by The Balcony. Rochefort (BE)
20.04.20 - 20.05.20

(publication)
‘Liège. Come for the beer, stay for the scene’
Published on Jegens&Tevens

Art Au Centre #2
Group exhibition, curated by Maxime Moinet. Liège
06.02.20 - 30.04.20

zerobudget.be
Online exhibition, curated by Mikail Koçak
19.04.20 - 25.04.20

VOYAGE VOYAGE #2
L 'Annexe, screening. Paris
13.03.2020

Susan, bites, and videotapes II Susan Bites, screening. The Hague
23.02.2020

RAVI Liège. Residency & exhibition in collaboration with AAIR Antwerpen. Liège
01.09.19 - 31.12.2019

Contamination and maybe even more Fonderia 20.9. Group. Verona
15.07.19 - 29.09.2019

better as a chorus
Royal Academy of Art. Group. The Hague
05.07.19 - 11.07.19

Supermarket Independent Art Fair with Alternative Art Guide, Group. Stockholm
04.04.19 - 07.04.19

All Bark No Bite
Susan Bites, Group. The Hague
09.02.19 - 22.02.19

The Ongoing Conversation #5
1646. Experimental art space. The Hague.
08.06 - 17.06.18

D.D.- Domestica Dove 
Duo exhibition with Ioana Ciora, Vitrine01, Berlin

What Now / Now What
Sofia Underground, Group. Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art, Bulgaria

The Nudist on the Late Shift
Group. Curated by Barbara Seiler & Marcel van Eeden.
KABK Gallery, The Hague

Rise, Group.
Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist. Quartair Contemporary Art
Initiatives, The Hague

TO PLAY, Group. Sagacity, curated by Pathfinders Collective. Brussels

Klein Eiland, Group. La Cambre - Studio CityGate. Brussels

Turn Left on Supernova, Group. De Besturing. The Hague

Everything must go, Group. NEST Ruimte. Curated by Eelco van der Lingen. The Hague

Wall, collaborative work with Ioana Ciora and Jean Katambayi, Stroom Den Haag. The Hague

FRICHE, Residency & group exhibition. Brussels








LA TONNELLE UNIVERSELLE, SECTION TOUILLETTE A CAFE
Liege, BE





RAVI Liège. Residency & exhibition, in collaboration with AAIR Antwerpen. Liège (BE)
01.09.19 - 31.12.2019
Video installation

'La Tonnelle Universelle, Section Touillette a Cafe' 
Duration 9''
HD - 16:9
2019

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I arrived in Liège with the intention of pursuing a photographic documentation on commercial sites in a peri-urban context. During my preparatory walks on foot or by bike my attention was drawn to the Albert Canal, the autonomous port and, to a large building in red brick. It’s a landmark; "remarkable" if it wasn’t in ruins, closed-off with concrete blocks and flanked by a muddy parking lot where rest abandoned scooters. Yet it retains a majesty, something from a glorious past. 

It is the Grand Palais des Fêtes of the City of Liège, erected for the International Water Exhibition of 1939. The international exhibition consist in national pavillions spread over a large area in the outskirts of the city. Designed by Joseph Moutschen The Grand Palais des Fêtes was a piece of architectural bravery planned to remain after the exhibition ended; until 2011, it hosted the Coronmeuse ice rink. Unfortunately at the time the building couldn’t be completed in its entirety. The German pavillion was erected where Moutschen had initially planned the central café-restaurant for the exhibition, as an extension to the Palais des Fêtes.

I later learned that the International Water Exhibition had an abrupt end due to the invasion of Poland by Nazi troops, which led to France and England to declare war to Germany. Consequently the ‘neutrality’ of Beglium fell apart. The municipal archives keep the trace of the political discussions overlapping with the inauguration of the International Exhibition.

On the photographic documentation the imposing building in style of the Third Reich is adjacent to the Palais des Fêtes.
During the residency I developped a video-installation. And gathered all the unsigned and preliminary sketches of the Café-restaurant from the archives.

I am interested in historical coincidences, overlaps between reality and fiction as well as the connections between history and speculative narration.

The genre of twentieth-century Universal Exhibitions involves the presentation and display of national narratives and various innovations, notably on urban-planning, culture and economy. Similarly advertising reach still makes sense today, at a time of hyper specialization where all tastes and hobbies have a dedicated fair ranging from wedding fairs to automobile, garden or holiday salons. Then comes the oddly-specific fairs such as the Frog Festival (obviously France), the Edible Book Fair or the Salon for Supermarket Lighting. Soon to come is the Hair Brush Exhibition and the Stain Resistant Mirror Festival.

All of this pushed me to develop my own oddly-innovative product, intentionally slightly archaic: The Coffee-mixer Distributor. The device is available in a range of models, colour and sizes. In other words it is an excessively specific yet plausible product. Its promoting fair is titled of ‘La Tonnelle Universelle - Section Touillette à Café’ and presents the best of innovation in terms of blenders and coffee spatulas. And event not to be missed!