Research seminar: "Revisiting Les Immatériaux"

09. Jun - 10. Jun

Location: Bibliothèque Kandinsky / MNAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris

During the past years, the art historian Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University, Lüneburg/Germany) and the New Media Department of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou - in the context of its EU-funded project "Beyond Matter" -, have conducted research about the exhibition "Les Immatériaux" (Centre Pompidou, 1985), which, for the first time in decades, makes possible a comprehensive and interdisciplinary re-evaluation of this important historical exhibition.

The research seminar "Revisiting Les Immatériaux" brings together international scholars who will discuss the lasting relevance of the exhibition from contemporary perspectives.

The papers presented during this seminar are being considered for inclusion in a major print publication about Les Immatériaux, due to come out in 2024, which will document the exhibition in texts and images, as well as offer reflections on its contemporary significance.

The seminar will be held bilingually in French and English. No translation will be provided.

Participation is possible upon registration:


Invited participants:

Erika Balsom: « Une autre scène: Claudine Eizykman and Guy Fihman's Ciné-immatériaux »

Marie-Ange Brayer: « Dessins d'architecture et maquettes : des artefacts postmodernes? »

Jean-Louis Boissier: « Les Immatériaux à travers leurs mots »

Corinne Enaudeau: « Les Immatériaux ou "comment exposer dans l'espace l'anachronie du temps ?" »

Sergio Meijide Casas: « Quand le philosophe prend la parole : Lyotard et les entretiens sur Les Immatériaux »


Marcella Lista: « Les Immatériaux, questions d'actualité »

Andreas Broeckmann: « The place of Les Immatériaux in the history of exhibitions »


Organised and moderated by Mica Gherghescu (Bibliothèque Kandinsky/MNAM, Centre Pompidou), Marcella Lista (MNAM/CCI, Service Nouveau média), and Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University).

The seminar takes place as a cooperation of the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, and the New Media Department, both at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, and Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute for Philosophy and Art Studies, research project »Les Immatériaux Research« (funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG funding BR 6317/2).

The seminar coincides with the research done in the context of the project "Beyond Matter – Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality", and precedes a cabinet exhibition in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, dedicated to "Les Immatériaux" (opening on 5 July 2023). Next to archival materials and some original works from the "Les Immatériaux", held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, this exhibition presents the virtual 3D models of the exhibitions "Les Immatériaux" (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1985) and "Iconoclash" (ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2002).