the artist Andreas Angelidakis transforms the Niemeyer room in Paris

Thus, the books can be leafed through or used as meridians by visitors and the chairs that make up the columns can be used for sitting or stacking. The installation develops the practice of “soft ruins” (or flexible ruins), which the artist has been exploring since 2003. Andreas Angelidakis invites the audience to appropriate the space, thereby questioning the traditional idea that artworks cannot be touched.

Completing the “soft ruins”, a series of video projections create a mysterious atmosphere through repeated images of stylites installed in the interior, accompanied by a soundtrack reminiscent of Athenian nightlife. The ambient darkness and the spotlights on the columns give the whole a nightclub atmosphere, further deconstructing the practice of contemporary art and the traditional presentation of works inside a white cube.

Based in Athens, Andreas Angelidakis received a classical education in architecture, but defines himself as “an architect who does not build”. Today, her practice focuses on contemporary art in light of her training as an architect.

In the early 2000s, he moved away from building design and started creating virtual 3D architectural spaces. His work addresses the concept of ruin in both ancient and contemporary societies. He views architecture as a site of social interaction and creates works that question the sociology and history of modernism within the disciplines of architecture, urban culture and digital media.

Through public exhibitions, Audemars Piguet Contemporary aims to make commissioned works accessible to a wide audience. The Center for Critical Appreciation of Antiquity (2022) coincides with the 10th anniversary of the program as well as the inaugural edition of Paris+ of Art Basel, taking place at the Grand Palais Éphémère from 20 to 23 October 2022.

*Audemars Piguet Contemporary commissions international artists to create works of contemporary art and supports a large community of creators. The Manufacture believes in the power of contemporary art to promote dialogue. This program resonates with the community of experts that Audemars Piguet supports and has nurtured in the Vallée de Joux.

Since 2012, Audemars Piguet Contemporary has established collaborations with international artists such as Andreas Angelidakis, Meriem Bennani, Aleksandra Domanivić, Cao Fei, Phoebe Hui, Ryoji Ikeda, Robin Meier, Alexandra Pirici, Arin Rungjang, Tomás Saraceno, Winderen and Sun. Xun.

The commissioned works of art have been presented all over the world within the framework of major events in Asia (Art Basel Hong Kong; Center for Contemporary Art at UCCA (Beijing), in Europe (180 The Strand, London; Ars Electronica, Linz; Art Basel in Basel; Espace Niemeyer, Paris; House of Electronic Arts (HEK) Basel; the international art exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; MAXXI, Rome; Palais de Tokyo, Paris), and in the United States (Art Basel Miami Beach; High Line , New York; Times Square Arts, New York).

**Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1965 as the headquarters of the French Communist Party, the Espace Niemeyer has become a unique place for artistic expression. In France, the Espace Niemeyer embodies the extraordinary creativity of the modernist movement of the 20th century. It is a demonstration of the technical possibilities offered by concrete, steel and glass.

Classified as a historical monument in France in 2007, this architectural heritage now hosts a wide range of artists and events. This diversity of projects is made possible thanks to long-standing relationships with visual and performative artists and students from various partner schools who develop their creations during stays in the space.

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