Tarek Atoui

until December 31, 2021
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The Ground, Tarek Atoui. Photo : Aurélien Mole
Close Tarek Atoui, The Ground, 2019. © Tarek Atoui, Niney et Marca Architectes. Courtesy de l'artiste et Pinault Collection. Photo Aurélien Mole

Accessed via the staircase that winds around the concrete cylinder connecting the different floors of the Bourse de Commerce, the Foyer hosts a work by Tarek Atoui, exhibited for the first time in Europe at the Venice Biennale of 2019. Also presented in Guangzhou and Singapore, The GROUND has since become a performance space. At the Palazzo Grassi and Teatrino, in Venice, and now in Paris, the work is activated by the artist, whether alone or accompanied by guests. These performances will be presented as part of the Bourse de Commerce programme of live events.

This polyptych is the result of five years of traveling throughout the Pearl River Delta in China, investigating and observing agricultural, architectural and musical practices, both traditional and contemporary. This participatory work invites visitors to understand and experience sound in a new fashion, so that in Rilke’s words: “The emptiness inside […] allows [us] to vibrate in full resonance with [the] world.”

Tarek Atoui was born in Beirut in 1980 but studied electro-acoustic music in France. He has performed his sound art creations around the world, on the instruments and spatial devices he designs, sculpts and installs, making his work as a visual artist a musical matrix. To modulate the incredible sounds and compose, Atoui begins by posing and modelling the space where his pieces will vibrate. Under his fingers, sound reveals itself as a material to be sculpted. His collaborative works are nourished by research on the history of music, a reflection on performance as a dynamic of fulfilment, and the relationship, at play in the installation, between the specific and the general. 

Open Monday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Late opening Fridays until 
9 p.m.
Late opening and free access on 
the first Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and on May the 1st.

One ticket covers all exhibitions. In the current health context, access to the museum by booking only, online or on site, in advance.
Full price: €14
Reduced price: €10

Free for Super Cercle members from 4 p.m. onwards