(From Latin emergere)
Reappearance of a star that was eclipsed or obscured.
The state of a body that emerges from a fluid, from a medium.
Dictionary Le Petit Robert, 2021
Inhabited by a particular and unique living memory, the Cité internationale des arts has welcomed, since its creation in 1965, international and French artists of all disciplines, generations and nationalities.
Born of a desire to extend hospitality to artists from all horizons in the heart of the French capital, the Cité internationale des arts has, from the outset, established bilateral links in cultural exchanges and has thus become, over the years, a space of international openness in the artistic milieu. In this way, more than 30,000 artists build a history of creation that is often obscured but transmitted around the world by word of mouth and through an exceptional network of partners.
Emersions: Living Archive is a long-term project that presents, for the first time, the atypical story of this foundation, which has no equivalent in the world, through the reawakening of its archive, both past and contemporary.
The "once upon a time" that could be used to tell the story behind the reinforced concrete frames of the Cité's historic building is transformed into an emerging body whose eclipse is coming to an end: it is the emergence of the Cité internationale des arts' living archive.
From writings to testimonies and photographs, as well as documentary videos from the foundation's archives, the Cité internationale des arts shares its history in the format of an exhibition, a history that echoes the world's current events.
For this first part, Emersions: Living Archive focuses on the links founded between the Cité and Europe