From April 12 to June 9, 2019, Galeries Lafayette invite Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the duo of Swiss artists to present an original installation in Galerie des Galeries, located on the first floor of the department store.
The in-situ intervention Beautiful Tube #6 underlines the angular architecture of the space as it proposes a brand new experience of wandering to its visitors. Acting as a mise en abyme of Galerie des Galeries, this tube-like structure lengthens the tunnel situated at the entrance of the exhibition space. Seen from the outside, this plain and imposing micro-architecture renews the perception one has of the place. From the inside, the visitors are confronted with an artwork which unsettles our landmarks as it turns into a site for exploration and contemplation. The elliptical and geometric patterns which alternate throughout the tunnel are inspired from the cupola of the department store, while their vivid colors contrast with the sobriety of its external aspect.
Sabina Lang (born in 1972) and Daniel Baumann (born in 1967) have been working together since 1990. Their work is characterized by the realization of in-situ installations, especially conceived for the places they invest: exhibition and public spaces, architectures, urban and rural settings. Their work is ambivalent for it both merges with and reveals the particularities of the sites it occupies. Lang/Baumann’s interventions, implemented with different media such as sculpture, painting or inflatable structures, question the nature of the places through which we go as they unsettle our expectations and sense of perception. The duo of artists enables one to look with a brand new gaze at the places they revisit.
Their most striking projects include Hotel Everland – a hotel room temporary set on the rooftop of Palais de Tokyo, from 2007 to 2009 –, Up #3 – a permanent work inaugurated in 2017 on the occasion of Un Eté au Havre –, and Street Painting #10 made on the occasion of FIAC 2018. In 2019, they present Beautiful View #1 in the city of Nanterre.
An exhibition by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann
12nd April – 9th June 2019
The Galeries Gallery – 1st floor of the main store.