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Julien Bismuth

Julien Bismuth


Sibyl Sybil

Sibyl Sybil

24 June 2017 > 20 August 2017

Julien Bismuth, "Willy Nilly", performance, 2016

The opening will be Friday 23 June at 6:30 pm.




Dear Marion,

I keep erasing what I’ve recorded and starting over, not even listening to it, just erasing it and starting over.
I can’t find a way to describe the show or the works. Something sticks when I try to bring them into language in that way, from that direction. I’d rather tell you about something else, the title, for example. The Sibyl is a figure from Greek mythology. The Sibyil is an oracle. Her home has “a hundred openings, a hundred mouths.” She writes her predictions on oak tree leaves, dispersed to the winds. When I looked up the spelling of her name, I found that there were two, and that the other referred to a book and a film from the 70s that you may have seen. I wanted to hang the show on a name like you would a coat on a coathhook. I wanted the name to be that of a figure and the figure that came to mind was the Sibyl, of which there is not one but many.
I could describe the works. I could tell you that there will be a video, images, objects, but also marks or traces on the walls or the floors or the doors even. And that I’ll also be showing collections, collections of things that I come across, that I end up with, and that end up in my studio and come to play a role in my thinking. But I’d rather talk a bit more about the Sibyl. I like the idea of a text that’s received. I like the idea of a text that’s communicated in dispersed fragments. There is a passivity to what we call the creative process. A receptivity that allows one to receive or encounter whatever it is that an idea is. A blind thing, fumbling for its form.

Julien Bismuth, May 2017


The curator is Sophie Kaplan.
Most of the works have been produced by La Criée centre for contemporary art.


During the opening, at 6:30 pm, Julien Bismuth will write the first of his Letters to the exhibition: a performance of thirty minutes.

On Saturday 24 June at 3 pm, he will be present to discuss the exhibition.

On Wednesday 28 June at 1 pm and Thursday 29 June at 6 pm, he will write two more Letters to the exhibition.

On Saturday 1st July at 3 pm, the linguist Griselda Drouet will lead a visit of the exhibition.

On Tuesday 11 July at 6 pm, we welcome the launch of the fanzine Apocryphe, a project written by Pierre Galopin and Johanna Rocard and carried by La Collective.

Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, "Lettres à l'exposition", performance, La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – photo : Marion Sarrazin Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras Julien Bismuth, vues de l'exposition "Sibyl Sybil", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 – production : La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes – photos : Benoît Mauras
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