Untitled Ceremony #16

05.11.2021—07.11.2021

Béatrice Balcou

Assistant: Theodora Jacobs

Curated by: Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers

Generously supported by:
The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Mondriaan Fund


Venue: ROZENSTRAAT - a rose is a rose is a rose
Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Performance times:
05.11.2021 17:00
06.11.2021 14:00 and 17:00
07.11.2021 11:00

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Tlön Projects invites curators, artists, authors and thinkers to enter into a dialogue with and develop innovative, noteworthy presentations of works on the basis of their imaginary collection or “museum without walls” at different locations. French artist Béatrice Balcou (1976) will select an as yet unknown work from the collection in the context of a ceremony as well as presenting new works from the series Porteurs and Containers which she made in 2020.

Béatrice Balcou’s works are well thought-out exercises in attention – that increasingly scarce and yet, oh so precious of human capacities. Over the years, she has developed an oeuvre that purposefully explores the boundaries between art and framework. Since 2013, Balcou has been working on a series entitled Untitled Ceremonies, performative actions that take place around an existing artwork from a public or private collection. The work in question is carefully unwrapped and re-packed in the presence of a limited audience as part of a gestural choreography that focuses attention on the work’s concrete materiality. During Balcou’s secular ceremonies the works are declaimed as it were; they are – temporarily – released from the obscurity of the collection and revealed to an audience. There is phenomenological pleasure to be had from the way the work’s meaning is divested of every utility or exchange value solely by interacting with it as well as how it declares its independence from every economic framework before it is returned to storage. The same applies to Balcou’s series of placebo sculptures (2014 - present), wooden replicas of artworks featured in ceremonies. These wooden objects originally served as substitutes or props for rehearsing the ceremonies, yet have slowly, but surely demanded autonomy.

[Quotation from the essay Ceremonies, Relics and Props - On Béatrice Balcou's Work by Pieter Vermeulen]


Béatrice Balcou was born in Tréguier, France in 1976. She lives and works in Brussels.

Various international institutions including M Museum, Leuven; La Ferme du Buisson CAC, Noisiel; Art Hostel Kumagusuku, Kyoto; Exile Gallery, Berlin; L’Iselp, Brussels; Casino Luxembourg CAF, Luxembourg; Le Quartier CAC, Quimper; and the FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon have organised solo or duo exhibitions featuring her work.

Furthermore, her work has been exhibited at Jeu de Paume, Paris; Société, Brussels; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Fondation CAB, Brussels; Salle Principale, Paris; Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto; Kunstverein Langenhagen; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; La Galerie CAC, Noisy-le-Sec; WIELS, Brussels; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Béatrice Balcou’s work has been collected by many including Cera–M Museum, Leuven; Fondation CAB, Brussels; CIRVA, Marseille; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon; FRAC Île-de-France, Paris; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; FRAC Corse, Corsica as well as various private collections.

Balcou’s monography Ceremonies & with essays by authors including Vanessa Desclaux, Christophe Gallois, Zoë Gray, Béatrice Gross and Eva Wittocx was published recently.