Pakui Hardware and Young Girl Reading Group in group exhibition ‘Solar Bodies’ at Musée d’Orsay, Paris

graphic design: Norman Orro

graphic design: Norman Orro

A ONE – NIGHT EXHIBITION ▂ As part of the solstice celebration, parallel event of the exhibition “Wild souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States” (10.04 – 15.07.18)

ORGANIZED BY ▂ Diamètre for Musée d’Orsay

ARTISTS ▂ Daiga Grantina ╱ Pakui HardwareYOUNG GIRL READING GROUP



The summer solstice is a key moment of earthly breathing, an instant to become aware of the cosmos that surrounds us and of bodies that inhabit it.
Through a majority of newly produced works, the opulent ballroom of Musée d’Orsay becomes a dance floor for solar bodies. Choreographed by three artists from the Baltic scene, the space is punctuated by Pakui Hardware’s humano-Martian tripods, Daiga Grantina’s anthropomorphic landscape, and a video on body heat by Young Girl Reading Group (Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė). The all project is connected by Norman Orro’s atomic graphic design.
Although the invited artists are not directly inspired by the Symbolism of their predecessors, they nevertheless share a certain “subjective distortion” advocated by Jean Moréas in his “Manifesto of Symbolism” in 1886. Matter expands as much as time, which is apprehended in all its complexities. In a moment that seems to be as pivotal as troubling as the turn of the last century, the artists embrace a similar equivocal relation to their time; a sceptical attraction for a world where the division between nature and culture disappears, where human and non-human intertwine, synthetic and organic become one. But, far from the construction of a national identity supported by Baltic artists at the dawn of 20th century, the creators of SOLAR BODIES embody a fluid and moving identity, as elusive as the flames that spring from all sides during this solstice celebration.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF ▂ Estonian Ministry of Culture╱ Outset Contemporary Art Fund (Estonia) ╱ADAGP and Copie Privée ╱ Ars Ultima – Stein & Guillot Art Foundation, mécène.

Ball room, level 2
18 : 30 – 22 : 30

Full program of the Solstice celebration

Admission fees
9 € from 18:00 onwards
Free for less than 26 years old who are citizens of the EU

Musée d’Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d’honneur
75007 Paris

Access and transport
Métro : ligne 12, station Solférino
RER : ligne C, station Musée d’Orsay
Bus : 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94 Station Vélib’ : n°7007, 62 rue de Lille

From Palais de Tokyo, bus 63 direction Gare de Lyon, from station Iéna to Lille-Université

Ø (Diamètre) is a curatorial collective founded in 2014 in order to foster projects between art historians and emerging artists.

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Echo Gone Wrong
June 20, 2018
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