Études and Palais de Tokyo’s new exhibition is taking termites to Paris

Études and Palais de Tokyo’s new exhibition is taking termites to Paris

by Robyn Pullen
2 min

Europe’s most prominent contemporary art centre, Palais de Tokyo has just announced an extremely fitting exhibition in Paris, in partnership with Études and curated by Hugo Vitrani. Thankfully the exhibition’s not accepting bed bugs… but termites it seems are welcome.

Titled La morsure des termites, a French phrase which directly translates to “The termite bite” (at least it’s not the bed bug bite), the exhibition sets out to highlight the art work of graffiti and street artists. And it’s in partnership with none other than Études, the Paris-based fashion brand known for its bold and contemporary take on style.

Opening this week, La morsure des termites showcases the works of over fifty international and diverse artists, and features paintings, archives, videos, editions, installations, and fragments from institutions, galleries, and private collections.

Whilst the exhibition’s creepy crawly themed name might seem pretty fitting given the current insect hysteria, it actually takes its meaning from the idea of street art and underground culture, and their influence on different creative forms.

In curating such a unique and underground collection of works, Palais de Tokyo and Études have set out to showcase art’s ability to break through barriers and consume every element of our cities, streets, and lives. 

Études hasn’t just collaborated on the exhibition itself, though, as the Parisian brand has also worked alongside New York photographer, Ari Marcopoulos, by turning one of his photographs that’s featured in the exhibition into a limited-edition T-shirt. With only 100 copies of the shirt available exclusively at the Palais de Tokyo, they’ll be sure to go quick.

Hit up Palais de Tokyo in Paris where you’ll find the La morsure des termites exhibition, unveiling on October 19th, 2023, and staying open to the public until January 7th, 2024. Tickets are only €12.00 per person, and available to purchase here.

Études x Ari Marcopoulos ©

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