Carte blanche to Valérian Goalec

from 22 September to 11 October 2020

Petite Galerie - Cité internationale des arts

After being given carte blanche by the Cité internationale des arts, Valérian Goalec presents Salon.

As part of three different exhibitions/installations/events, Valérian Goalec – who endeavours to look more closely at the  different forms of everyday utilitarian objects – has invited different people to work with him on events in different formats: a solo and joint exhibition, a book launch and debates and exchanges around his book and the work of a publisher.

These three events will overlap, superimpose and accumulate within the four walls of the Petite Galerie, so that at the end, the Salon project will be a faithful reflection of Valérian Goalec’s creative process. The space will resemble a library where archives and extracts of projects may – but not necessarily – react with and activate each other.  

Pursuing this idea of activating archives, the artist will draw from the related Instagram account throughout the process @_s_a_l_o_n_s_a_l_o_n_.


R. W. Rye
From September 22 to 26, 2020

A joint exhibition of ephemeral sculptures with Céline Mathieu, an artist currently in residence at the Rupert Residency in Lithuania: their different offerings will be showcased at the Petite Galerie.


Our Time Is Free
From September 30 to October 4, 2020

Valerian Goalec solo show: an archive-like installation and photo exhibit focussing on the artist’s production during his six-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts.


Elements, From Their Desk – 03
October 6 to 11, 2020

A presentation of the artist’s new publication Elements, From Their Desk – 03, which was created during Valerian Goalec’s residency. It will be available to consult and purchase at the event. On Thursday October 8, publisher Théophile Calot and graphic designer Alexis Jacob will meet to talk about the work of publishing company Théophile’s Papers and a second exchange with art historian and writer Piero Bisello on the subject of Elements, From Their Desk – 03 is scheduled for Friday October 9. You can follow these debates live on the Salon Instagram account!



Valérian Goalec (France) is a recipient of the Cité internationale des arts Visual Arts Committees.

Practical Information

Free admission.
Within the limit of maximum of number of visitors permitted and compliance with health measures. Wearing a mask is mandatory.


From September 22nd to 26th, 2020
From September 30th to October 4th, 2020
October 6th to 11th, 2020

From 2 to 6 pm & by appointment every morning –

Instagram live: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 of October 2020, at 7pm

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