Painter, sculptor, installation designer, performer, archivist, curator, collector, publisher, bookseller, gallerist and more, John M Armleder (b. 1948, lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland) is one of the defining figures of the last 50 years in art. At KANAL-Centre Pompidou, the artist is invited to take over the Showroom areas of the former Citroën garage for more than six months: on the six rough floors, Armleder proposes, in dialogue with a series of new monumental installations that he specifically designed for the site, a constellation of exhibitions, events and meetings offering the opportunity to plunge into his world and that of those he loves.Between invitations to other artists and nods to his influences, discoveries of forgotten figures and unexpected retrospectives, out-of-the-ordinary performances and concerts of experimental music, It Never Ends is a multidimensional and lively artistic proposal in constant movement. This is the most ambitious project Armleder has been asked to design to date. It Never Ends is a paradoxical proposition: it is a solo exhibition, but composed by multiple authors. It is, in a sense, a ‘Chinese portrait’ of its creator, for whom questions of hospitality, collaboration and friendship have always been central.With a programme with varying rhythms, designed to bring the exhibition to life, The Showrooms will be inhabited, activated and transformed continuously by a programme of concerts, performances, workshops for kids and family and meetings, a programme which fills different spaces according to the artists’ proposals. Organized at a steady pace and designed by the artist with the same level of importance as the exhibitions, this ‘live’ programme which also hosts a nightly event every Thursday, is organized into a series of thematic sequences, exploring topics underlying the exhibition.
The project IT NEVER ENDS by John Armleder and guests, originally scheduled for April 2, will begin on September 24, 2020 (until April 25, 2021). All the necessary health precautions will be taken, without questioning what makes the DNA of KANAL: a place open to all, a public space, a place of meeting and exchange.