In the past it has exhibited – amongst others, and well before they took their place on the international scene—Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (winner of the Palme d’or at Cannes in 2010), British artist Ryan Gander, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg (Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009), and French artists Guillaume Leblon and Julien Prévieux (Marcel Duchamp Award, 2014), guests of the Biennale de Lyon in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
The collegiate artistic direction of Rendez—Vous, along with its curatorship, which is open to 10 international biennials, make this a unique project in Europe. For 2015, Rendez—Vous has extended invitations to the biennials of Dakar (Senegal), Gwangju (South Korea), Istanbul, Kochi-Muziris (India), Havana, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Thessalonica (Greece) and the triennial of Fukuoka (Japan). Setting Rendez—Vous apart is the fact that in the year following the Lyon Biennale, the exhibition tours to a city outside Europe (Shanghai, Cape Town, Singapore, etc.).
Rendez—Vous was created by the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art in 2002, with funding from the Rhône-Alpes region. It is an international platform for young creative artists and, unique to France, has involved since 2003 the combined energies of four separate institutions: the Biennale de Lyon; the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes; and the Lyon National Superior School of Fine Arts. Artistic direction of the event is shared by all four.
4 artistic directors / 4 institutions
For the Biennale de Lyon: Thierry Raspail
For the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon: Emmanuel Tibloux
For the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes: Nathalie Ergino
For the Musée d’art contemporaine de Lyon: Isabelle Bertolotti
Biennial of Kochi-Muziris: Bose Krishnamachari
Biennial of Dakar: Abdelkader Damani, Smooth Ugochukwu Nzewi & Elise Atangana
Biennial of Shanghai: Anselm Franke
Triennial of Fukuoka: Raiji Kuroda
Biennial of Sharjah: Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al-Qasimi
Biennial of Gwangju: Jessica Morgan
Biennial Los Angeles: Aram Moshayedi & Hamza Walker
Biennial of Thessalonica: Katerina Koskina
Biennial of Havana: Jorge Fernandez Torres
Rathin Barman, Celia-Yunior, Gaëlle Choisne, Ruth Cornelisse, Fabrice Croux, Sidy Diallo, Adélaïde Feriot, Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Lola Gonzàlez, Ran Huang, Maxime Lamarche, Jumana Manna & Sille Storihle, Daniel Otero Torres, David Posth-Kohler, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Johann Rivat, Daniel R. Small, Sümer Sayin, Anastasis Stratakis, Keiichiro Terae
1 graphic artist