Childhood. Another banana day for the dream-fish

22 Jun 2018 – 9 Sep 2018

Event times

Every day except Tuesday, noon – midnight

Cost of entry

Full rate €12.00 — Concessions €9.00

Palais de Tokyo

Île-de-France, France


Travel Information

  • routes 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
  • line 9 / Iéna and Alma Marceau stations
  • line C / Pont de l’Alma station

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How are the sense of wonder, the capacity to invent worlds, but also childhood fears and anxieties, constructed and become determined, in different contexts? The exhibition Another banana day for the dream-fish, after the modified title of a story by J.D. Salinger, tries to provide an answer by making us travel from everyday, intimate territories to fantasy worlds, through a series of fragments of an identity in permanent construction.

Like a tale in its principle and construction, with multiple levels of interpretation, addressed at once to children and adults, with its numerous rites of passage, the exhibition invites visitors, “from 7 to 77”, to cross through a variety of initiatory trials, while confronting themselves with the strange and the stranger.

The exhibition, conceived thanks to a partnership with the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, has been devised in complicity with the artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore. As the exhibition’s dramaturg, he has imagined a series of rooms, atmospheres and scenes in collaboration with craftsmen, invited to be genuine interpreters of the director’s intentions; the materials and their use having been chosen for the emotional power they give off. Through this collaboration, the work of craftsmen is thus once again being highlighted, uniting knowhow and creative daring.

This exhibition, conceived with the Japanese curator Kodama Kanazawa and co-organized with the Japan Foundation, is part ofJaponismes 2018, and will be an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the works of a good twenty international artists, six of them being Japanese, and to discover an original collaboration with the mangaka Yûichi Yokoyama. 

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Kodama Kanazawa

Yoann Gourmel

Sandra Adam-Couralet

Exhibiting artists

Anna Hulačová

Keita Miyazaki

Takashi Kuribayashi

Sharon Lockhart

Yûichi Yokoyama

Amabouz Taturo

Jean-Marie Appriou

Megan Rooney

Philippe Grandrieux

Kiki Smith

Daiga Grantina

Petrit Halilaj

Jonathan Monaghan

Binelde Hyrcan

Yuko Mohri

Ugo Rondinone

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

David Douard

Anita Molinero

Rachel Rose

Sabrina Vitali


Tomoaki Suzuki

Caroline Achaintre

Chihiro Mori



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