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Biennale de Belleville 2012
Waterfalls of Iguazu, Brasilia, Angel Kalenberg, 1977, copyright Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Kandinsky

Opening Saturday, 15 September 2012, 6 until 9 pm

A proposition by Hélène Meisel, at the invitation of Claire Moulène
Exhibition in the frame of the second edition of the Biennale de Belleville, September 15 – 21 October 2012

This proposition revisits the geography of the defunct Biennale de Paris (1959-1985) and explores its ambition to expand the map of the art world. « Young, interdisciplinary and international » : the biennial wanted to differ from Venice and Kassel by its experimental and prospective vocation. Although more than forty countries have participated, the effort of internationalization was sometimes problematic, because international relations often dictated cultural diplomacy : revolutions, takeovers and dictatorships prevented some collaborations. In addition to these political obstacles came the lack of visibility of some art scenes, untouched by the cosmopolitanism of international style. Despite attempts to rebalance, 80% of some 7000 participants will be Western, French for third. The three objects reconstituted for this exhibition - artworks and documents - will address various forms of travel, from journey to exile : the anthropological exploration (Ángel Kalenberg), the avant-garde offensive or emergency evacuation (Tamàs St . Auby) and the « mapping essay » (office abc + Sarah Kremer).

In the framework of the exhibition:
4 October 2012, 7- 8.30 pm, at café au lit
11 October, 8-9.30 pm, at Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

Latin America in 240 slides, lecture
Slideshow reactivation by Camila Bechelany, Hélène Meisel and Annabela Tournon

This lecture reactivates a visual device kept in storage for the last 35 years and stored in the Kandinsky Library (Centre Pompidou, Paris) : 240 slides collected in 1977 by the Uruguayan curator Ángel Kalenberg for the 10th Biennale de Paris, and projected at Palais de Tokyo in the section dedicated to Latin America. Shown three by three, images formed combinations in the spririt of " synchronic pluralities ", suggesting survivals and disjunctions of a civilization : from the ruins of Teotihuacan to the Brasilia built by Niemeyer, from Jesuit baroque to Mexican muralism ...
With the support of the Kandinsky Library (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), the Archives de la critique d’art (Rennes) and Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Print studio). In collaboration with Camila Bechelany & Annabela Tournon, office abc & Sarah Kremer, Camille Platevoet & Arnaud Daffos.

Biennale de Belleville

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Orange Rouge

Friday, may 11, 2012 from 6 until 9 p.m.

Orange Rouge is a project involving special needed adolescents and artists, who are invited to create a work of art with them. Perplexe - Le cahier de l’Orange Rouge stems from this very fertile activity. It raises the questions involved with creation in alternative territories, shares projects and invites an artist to propose a detachable work.
The soirée café au lit expérience(s) showcases Maxime Thieffine’s artwork, the artist invited for the magazine project. We will also have a chat with art theory writer Simone Frangi, live from Italy, and much more...

Orange Rouge

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« 1 / 1 », exhibition chez Robert, real space with some quite particular spatial specifications, march 12 until mai 8, 2012

> get some impressions from Marion Robin's exhibition which took place at café au lit october 18, 2011 until january 18, 2012 here.


Thierry Costesèque

Monday, April 2nd 2012, from 6 to 9 p. m.

Soirée of interventions by Thierry Costesèque
If, in the history of art, it was the space of the picture that served as representation of urban space, by his interventions, Thierry Costesèque arrives to turn this perception: now, it is the city which becomes a picture. This effect gives the spectator the opportunity to understand their place in the picture as inherent part of an imaginary in constant evolution.

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Thursday, december 8, from 7.30 until 10 p.m.

Véronique de la Hougue
(curator in chief, wallpaper-department, Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris) and Marion Robin (artist).

Special guests : Ann Stouvenel (director Les Verrières, artist's residence, live from Pont-Aven), Laetitia Chauvin (co-editor of code 2.0, magazine for contemporary art).

café au lit expérience(s) is realised in cooperation with Elsa Guigo.

The exhibition Marion Robin à Paris is open on appointment until january 18, 2012.


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detail of the performance "Pencil Mask", Rebecca Horn, 1972

Friday, november 18, from 6 until 10 p.m.

An artistical soirée upon a proposition by Roven platform*
Performances, screenings and exhibition echoingthe thematical dossier « Pertes de contrôle » in Roven n° 4 (automn-winter 2010-2011), directed by Johana Carrier and Catherine Macchi de Vilhena.

*Roven platform members: Johana Carrier, Jean-Baptiste Couronne, Joana Neves, Marine Pagès and Diogo Pimentão.

café au lit expérience(s) is realized in cooperation with Elsa Guigo.

Ongoing exhibition: "Marion Robin à Paris" open on appointment until january 18, 2012 . Another soirée expérience(s) will take place on december 8. Subscribe to our newsletter.


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Exhibition at café au lit from october18 unti january 18, 2012

> get some impressions from the exhibition here

There will be two soirées in the framework of the exhibition, to be held november 18 and december 8, 2011. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed.


                  Robin à Paris

Opening at café au lit on October 18, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Marion Robin will show recent works and a specially adapted project for the café au lit-apartment, created this year in Pont-Aven in the framework of the artist's residence Les Verrières, in cooperation with CIAC, Centre d'art contemporain.

On the occasion of this exhibition, several soirées expérience(s)will take place. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive further invitations.


A talk between Diogo Pimentao and Julie Pellegrin, directrice of the art center
La Ferme du buisson

Wednesday, april 6, 2011, 7 p.m.

The talk takes place at café au lit on the occasion of Les intrus / Die Eindringlinge / Os Intrusos an exhibition of Diogo Pimentao and Thorsten Streichardt (until may 8th) at La Ferme du buisson.

In collaboration with Elsa Guigo café au lit - expérience(s) regularly organises talks and unique insights on the work of artists, curators and critiques.


During two months, 292 canvases are shown at the project-room CONTEXTS, 49 rue Ramponeau 75020 Paris. The public can rent them for free, using them at home and exposing their paintings. After a given time, the canvases are returning to CONTEXTS and will be repainted in the same white like the gallery wall. Two of them are actually presented in the framework of café au lit and will be on show until February 26.

The exhibition is open to the public on appointment.


After a very successful solo show at brittany's art center Domaine de Kerguehénnec, Jochen Lempert is giving us the honor of a personal exhibition for a second time. He will show some of his recent works.

With this exhibition, café au lit participates at Belleville's first biennial.

OPENING: thursday, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

The exhibition is open to the public on appointment.

Next visit on friday, October 1st, 5 to 7 p.m.


A soirée in the framework of GRAND BELLEVILLE's openings.


Read an article on Corina's work in the online-magazine trapèze.

Exhibition in exchange with
La Galerie, Centre d’art contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec

breakfast at café au lit 10–11.30 a.m.
shuttle to Noisy le Sec 11.30 a.m.
La Galerie, Noisy-le-sec 12–14 p.m.
talk: «Living with contemporary art. Produce, show, collect at home» (meet curators François Taillade, Daphné Navarre ...)

The current exhibition shows a selection of views from a series of images that show what can be seen through the windows of private spaces: in this specific case, collectors’ apartments. By using tape to intervene in the exhibition space, Bezzola creates a dialogue with her own photographs. To deepen this game of perspectives, she also intervenes at La Galerie, the contemporary art centre at NoisyleSec, which is situated in seeing distance from the apartment.

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The Platform Roven's soirees have a double intention: first, to invite the spectator to have a different kind of art-experience. Second, to invite the artists to show or perform their works in an experimental, temporary context.

With active, subliminal or retroactive participation of: 
Davide Balula, Pina Bausch, Antonio Contador, Detanico & Lain, Bob Dylan, Marie-Jeanne Hoffner, Protocoles Méta, MoMs, Amanda Riffo, Vittorio Santoro, Mariana Saturnino and Diogo Pimentão, Teckningsklubben, etc.



in the framework of this year's edition of VIDEO'APPART
(exhibition of video-artwork in parisian private apartments)

with works of
Laurent Montaron
Agnès Geoffray
Stanislas Kalimerov
Yun Aiyoung

Other screenings:
March 12, 13, 14, 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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Private party after Slick Paris. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of a private art venue in short distance of the fair. Discover weiswald's collection and meet the artists of Eponyme gallery: Marion Orel, Gwenaël Salaün, Barbara Breitenfellner.

We proudly offer you the best tastes of our partner, "the most beautiful wine cellar in Europe", la Winery.


8 years of activity, 8 artists we have exposed at café au lit's different places. They all left traces in weiswald's collection. Now, with our new exhibition-space at the place des fêtes, the time has come to show these works. The second exhibition of café au lit homestory presents works by Gabriele Basch, Stéphane Belzère, Corina Bezzola, Barbara Breitenfellner, Frauke Hänke & Claus Kienle, Jochen Lempert, Linda McCue. Special guest: Annelies Strba.

INVITATION - Performance Alex Cecchetti and Marcelline Delbecq, Friday, june 26, 7 p.m.

café au lit "homestory" and the art center La Galerie / Noisy le Sec invites you in the framework of its exhibitions "A corps & à textes" (curated by Francesco Pedraglio) and "Barbara Breitenfellner" (curated by weiswald) to assist at the performances of Alex Cecchetti and Marcelline Delbecq.

Performance Alex Cecchetti und Marcelline Delbecq

SAVE THE DATE - First opening at new site on wednesday, april 8, 2009, 18-21 p.m.

After a first presentation of its new site café au lit is going to continue its activity in showing contemporary art with a new, adapted concept. Barbara Breitenfellner is the first invited artist. She will produce an artwork on site and present it in the framework of a solo-exhibition. A publication will complete this first show of café au lit "homestory".
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Monday, October 20, from 7 until 10 p.m. - homestory

presentation of café au lit's third volume at 15-17 rue Henri Ribière, apt. 1806, 18th floor F-75019 Paris (Metro Place des fêtes)

After the closing of our space at 16, rue de la and a significant break for renovations, we are very happy to invite you to discover the new space of café au lit at the East of Paris.
During a cocktail, architect Carl-Fredrik Svenstedt will explain its project.
We will also talk about the new concept of café au lit and its programme 2008/2009 as well as our publication-project of an catalogue presenting the past expositions.

Come and join us at october 20, 7 to 10 pm.
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june 3, 2007, 12a.m. - 3 p.m.: Brunch and public discussion about the question "comment habite l'art? Wie wohnt Kunst? How does art live?"

To draw a balance and to discuss the future of living, of art and of café au lit, we cordially invite you to participate at this public meeting. The object is to talk about contemporary ways of living and how they do integrate art. We will discuss recent transformations in exhibiting artworks as well as "la nouvelle domesticité", new forms of domestic living. How do art create, transform, occupy our daily living space?

After this meeting you may visit, as part of the cooperation Paris Est, the opening of Nicole Eisenman's solo-show at Le Plateau.

Café au lit will close its space in 16, rue d la Liberté june 17, 2007. It will re-open a new, larger space in eastern Paris. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed on our activities.
> some pictures of the dicussion

March 13th, 6pm - 12pm, Linda McCue: "Dienen - Servir - To Serve"

For the fifth and final exhibition, café au lit has invited Linda McCue, a Canadian artist living in Hamburg, to interact with the space in the rue de la Liberté.
Based on her recent series about room interiors and pictorial space, she will intervene in Café au lit with a wall drawing and painting installation. She will also show a selection of her recent drawings. This serves as a new living experience, for which you can make a reservation.
It will be the last show in the rue de la Liberté before the café au lit project evolves to "homestory" its next phase in a larger space. For more information, please subscribe to our newsletter.
>For more information on the artist, see her latest
   book, Liber Oppositorum
> Watch a diashow of the exhibition's opening

2007 à café au lit

Nos meilleurs voeux pour la nouvelle année – nous nous rejouissons de vous accueilir lors de nos événements en 2007. Abonnez-vous à notre newsletter pour être tenu informé. Reservez dès maintenant votre séjour à café au lit pour une expérience insolite. À bientôt à café au lit!

2007 at café au lit

We wish you a happy new year – and we are looking forward to meeting you at one of our events in 2007. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed. Or book your stay now for a unique experience in living with art. See you at café au lit!

september 13, 2006, 6 pm until midnight: Opening of Gabriele Basch's in-situ-artwork: "fatal - fatale - fatal"

Wednesday, september 13 from 6 pm until midnight, café au lit will open its forth exhibition, an in-situ work by Berlin-based painter Gabriele Basch. In addition to her painted canvasses, Basch creates cut paper pieces and wall drawings that expand the gallery into an exuberant, imaginative space. After the opening, café au lit's lodgers will live surrounded by a grand wall-painting "in-situ", especially conceived for the apartment. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed and receive our invitations by e-mail.
The opening reception will take place as part of the cooperation "Paris-Est".
> some pictures of the opening
> further informations on the artist

June 11th: Opening reception for our summer project "Nackt - nu - naked" (Stéphane Belzère)

This summer, before its next big exhibition of an in-situ work by Gabriele Basch, café au lit is taking a suggestion from painter Stéphane Belzère, whose work was previously featured in an exhibition at the original café au lit. Recently, in the process of creating several large canvases, Belzère produced small acetate cutouts – silhouettes of people and other figures in his formal vocabulary. In separating the figures from the surface of the image and exhibiting them "naked" within the four walls of the apartment, they have been given a new autonomy and intimacy. A perfect reflection of café au lit's small exhibition space. Belzères figures will populate the walls of the apartment and keep our guests company until September 13th.
The opening reception will take place in tandem with the gallery opening "En Voyage" at Le Plateau as part of the cooperation "Paris-Est".
> More information

april 8 online: "artificielle idiotie" - discussion on artificial reality and art

artist Alexandre Leveuf has invited Pierre Bongiovanni, Kolkoz, Stéphane Sautour, Michaël Sellam, Philippe Munda to participate to a round table at café au lit. Sitting around the platform, they have discussed about artificial reality, watching little robots turning around on the platform. You will find a record of the discussion here.
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March 15th, 6 pm - 10 pm "Quels espaces pour l‘art aujourd‘hui?"

Round table between artist Stéphane Belzère, art critic Jens Emil Sennewald and historian Andrea Weisbrod. Many lodgers of café au lit enjoyed the works of Swiss artist Corina Bezzola. This evening offers a last chance to the public to visit the prolonged exhibition Räume / espaces / spaces and to participate in a round table, which is based on Brian O‘Dohertys Inside the White Cube and questions the possibilitys of exhibiting contemporary art today. The discussion is part of a common opening of important art venues in the East of Paris.

January 29th, 11 am - 6 pm: closing reception of the exhibition: Corina Bezzola - Räume / espaces / spaces

"I have to tell you that we did appreciate the stay very very much!!!!" – that's only one of many people's reactions who lived together with Corina Bezzola's exhibition by renting café au lit. Now you have one last chance to visit the exhibition and find out by yourself how amazing Bezzola's artworks are. The Swiss artist's work is performance-based: armed with adhesive tape, Bezzola explores private homes and artists' studios, isolating individual and normally overlooked characteristics of the space. Her photographs are both a documentation of her explorations and a reconstruction of the physical spaces she explores.
> Find out more about the artist
(in german, 3,3 MB)

> Watch a diashow of the exhibition's opening

September 25th, 11 am - 6 pm: Sunday brunchin' café au lit. closing reception of the exhibition: Jochen Lempert<link zu Künstler>: " Der Schwarm / la nuée / the swarm "

Many travelers made the experience living with contemporary artwork by renting the apartment for a weekend or a week. Now all the people who did not seize the opportunity renting the apartment until now or were not able to participate at the vernissage may visit Lempert's exhibition one last time. A good occasion to follow Jochen Lempert on his photographical trip between abstraction and documentation, close and distant. You are cordially invited to a sunday's brunch between 11 am and 6 pm.
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> Some images of the opening day

A Successful Opening

Around 200 visitors stopped by during the grand opening of café au lit to acquaint themselves with the newest venue for contemporary art in the Mouzaïa district of Paris. The overwhelming positive feedback to the realization of Didier Faustino's architectural project and Jochem Lempert's photographs gave us a lot of enthusiasm for our ongoing work. In addition to renting café au lit, we will also devote ourselves to planning several micro-events (discussion evenings, performances, presentations, etc ...) which will take place in the apartment.
> Some images of the opening day

Grand opening / Vernissage: May 21, 2005

Grand opening of the apartment and the premier exhibition featuring works by Jochen Lempert on Saturday, May 21, from 2 pm until midnight. Get the latest information by subscribing to our newsletter.

> Press photos
> Photos of the construction site
> Quicktime video of the platform construction

Construction is underway

Work has begun on rue de la Liberté to realize the design drafted by architect Didier F. Faustino. Here a few impressions of the current state of things. Visit the site regularly or subscribe to the newsletter to be kept up to date on our progress.

Preview of "café au lit (suite)"

Architectural drawings by Didier F. Faustino were introduced at
weiswald as part of the "Afterhours" gallery crawl on October 23, 2004.
Axel Sowa, editor-in-chief of the magazine "l'architecture d'aujourd'hui" took the occasion to present issue nr. 354, in which comprehensive articles about the work of Faustino and his "Bureau de mésarchitecture" appeared.
> Photos from the evening