Titre Expo Resized 2000x2000

May 19 - November 3, 2024

Johan Creten La Cathédrale 1999-2000 Bronze patiné, fonte à la cire perdue 190 x 53 x 50 cm 2/2 AP + 3 éditions Courtesy de l'artiste et Perrotin © Johan Creten, ADAGP, Paris – 2024
Nick Cave Soundsuit 2016 Mixed media including a large toy horse and various other toys, gloves, wire, metal and mannequin 300 x 152,5 x 127 cm © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Collection Fondation Villa Datris
Alexandra Bircken 4SR 2017 Combinaison de moto accrochée au mur, telle une peau de bête, avec des clous, tissu synthétique, cuir, bouton pression, métal, velcro, plastique, velours et mousse 165 x 150 x 15 cm Collection 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine Photo © Andy Keate, 2017 © Alexandra Bircken, ADAGP, Paris – 2024


"The body is in the world as the heart is in the organism: it keeps the visible spectacle continuously alive, animating and nourishing it from within.” Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

In 2024, FAIRE CORPS, the 14th exhibition of The Villa Datris Foundation, explores visions of the “body” through the works of 60 established and emerging artists, both French and international. In the Foundation’s human-scale spaces and in its gardens, visitors will explore various facets of this classic but relevant subject.

How do we see the body today? The body is shaped by its structure and inner life as much as by the way we look at it.

Since the 19th century, and in keeping with profound mutations in society, representations of the "classical" body and the "ideal" nude have been increasingly called into question. In this exhibition, we explore the body as an object of concern for racialized, feminist, and gendered representations.

FAIRE CORPS also critiques the transcendent physical body, a site central to capitalism, along with the body’s role in social injustice, immigration, bioethics, cybernetics, wars, and contagions, as well as the body as a militating ecological force.

These subjects, while tangible, become in the hands of the artists an ode to beauty and life. The body-its prostheses, costumes and second skins-enter into action, blurring traditional boundaries between sculpture and performance art. Some works are activated, others linked to film or video.

FAIRE CORPS focuses, above all, on the body as restorative, joyful and comforting, while addressing its aesthetic and conceptual shifts in contemporary art. In this way, classical sculpture is deployed for political ends. Notions of prosthesis become an excuse for phantasmagorical excess, or reveal a hybrid, cybernetic future. Costumes go beyond transvestitism to become second skins or select corporeal identities.

Finally, the body’s absence, whether dematerialized or invisible, is just as powerful as its representation.

The artists

Magdalena Abakanowicz
Julien Allègre
Ghada Amer
Elodie Antoine
Jean-Marie Appriou
Stephan Balkenhol
Alexandra Bircken
Fernando Botero
Louise Bourgeois
Nick Cave

Awena Cozannet
Elizabeth Creseveur
Johan Creten
Sépànd Danesh
Chloé Delarue
Dewar & Gicquel
Richard Di Rosa
Henri-François Dumont
Daniel Firman
Sylvie Fleury
Meschac Gaba

Corado Gardone
Antony Gormley
Thomas Houseago
Taro Izumi
Michael Johansson
Kun Kang
Abdul Rahman Katanani
Wang Keping
Zsófia Keresztes
Guillaume Leblon
Ana Mendieta

Annette Messager
Terrence Musekiwa
Prune Nourry
Marc Nucera
Hans Op de Beeck
Tony Oursler
Rallou Panagiotou
Štefan Papčo
Giuseppe Penone
Laurent Perbos
Javier Pérez

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Jaume Plensa
Marilou Poncin
Philippe Ramette
Recycle Group
Antoine Renard
Elsa Sahal
Niki de Saint Phalle
George Segal
Joel Shapiro

Kiki Smith
Gabriel Sobin
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Gavin Turk
Xavier Veilhan
Jeanne Vicérial
Gabrielle Wambaugh
Anne Wenzel
Kehinde Wiley
Mâkhi Xenakis


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Practical info

Wednesday to Saturday: 11am-1pm / 2pm-6pm.
Sunday: Open continuously.

Every day except Tuesday: 10am-1pm / 2pm-7pm.
Sunday: Open continuously.

Wednesday to Saturday: 11am-1pm / 2pm-6pm.
Open continuously on Sunday and public holidays.

Free entry, reservation recommended.

Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 11am.

Fridays, Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 11am.

Group visits by appointment only:

School Visits
Reservation required, free entry.
Contact: Fanny Vouland.

3 levels of the Villa's exhibition are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Only service animals are allowed in the Villa and gardens.