Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research strives to develop a space where to reflect on and in society. Integrated into the site of the University Paris 7 at the very heart of a neighbourhood undergoing reconstruction, the ZAC Paris Rive Gauche in the 13th district of Paris, Bétonsalon works at the confluence of art and university research with the ambition to question normalised forms of production, classification and distribution of knowledge.
The activities of Bétonsalon develop in a process-based, collaborative and discursive manner, following different time spans, in cooperation with various local, national and international organizations, and present themselves under different forms. Exhibitions are enriched by different associated events (workshops, conferences, performances, round table discussions…). Seminars and workshops are organized in collaboration with teachers from the University Paris 7. Off-site research projects are led in partnership with other institutions and residency programs are offered for researchers, artists and curators.
In 2014, Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research celebrated its 10th Birthday.
In February 2016, Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research inaugurated Villa Vassilieff, its second site of activities.
New cultural establishment owned by the City of Paris, Villa Vassilieff is located in the heart of Montparnasse, on the site of Marie Vassilieff’s former studio, which until 2013 housed the Musée du Montparnasse. Through various grants offered in partnership with different institutions, numerous artists and researchers are invited to come in residency to reconnect with Montparnasse‘s history from a contemporary perspective. Pernod Ricard, its leading sponsor, has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a grant aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year in the Villa’s studio.