Past exhibitions

"Biennale Architecture Lyon – 1st edition – L’atelier des Utupies"

The Biennial of Architecture Lyon took place from June 8th till July 9th, 2017 in La Sucrière, the symbolic place of Lyon’s Confluence. For a month, practitioners, operators, researchers, teachers, students, industrialists, are invited to think, to work, to produce, to discuss together, within a vast workshop open to all the public.
Selected by a scientific and artistic committee, about 30 teams settled down in La Sucrière to propose to the public numerous exchange formats: conferences, round tables, radio studio, international summit, workshops, urban explorations, …


From 8th June to 9th July 2017


"L’épopée des uniformes militaires français"

Culture-Défense project

Sponsored by Stéphane Bern, this unique cultural event takes you on a journey through History thanks to an exhibition of uniforms and garments as well as a contemporary photograph exhibition and a series of conferences on various subjects.


From 23rd September to 27th November 2016

"Les 70 Ans du Bikini"

Curator: Thierry Virvaire

From 9th to 24th July 2016, Mode City organizes the exhibition “Les 70 ans du Bikini” that covers the bikini history. Visitors will learn about the now iconic French invention’s beginning and worldwide development.

The exhibit is in collaboration with Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, experts and collectors who will share the famous pieces from their “Nuits de Satin” private collection to trace the swimsuit’s evolution.

From 9th to 24th July 2016


"Soft Slate of Mind" - Exhibition created by the Programme I.D.E.A

From 13th to 16th April 2016

"Nés quelque part"

In the context of the COP 21, the association Ars Anima, with the support of l’Agence Française de Développement, French Development Agency, invites you to visit Born somewhere else, an exhibition-performance like no other. Make a dive into the heart of sustainable development and climate issues while walking in the shoes of Manolo, Nana, Ihoa or one of the 21 characters. Travel through seven ecosystems of the world, from the rice elds of Cambodia, to the Colombian hills or the Polynesian atolls. Discover and experience solutions in interactive settings while being in contact with actors. Because changing the world is a collective adventure of which we are all heroes.

From 4th February to 27th March 2016


13ème Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon - « La vie moderne »

Guest curator: Ralph Rugoff

The 13th biennial of Lyon opens a new trilogy with the word « moderne » that Thierry Raspail transmitted to Ralph Rugoff, guest curator of 2015. Ralph Rugoff answers to this term with a tittle: “La vie moderne".

From 10th September 2015 to 3rd January 2016


Star Wars Identities – Exhibition

As part of world tour, Star wars Identities exhibition has settled down in La Sucrière, in Lyon.

An interactive and multimedia adventure to share with family.

A search for identity with the sagas’ characters.

From 9th November 2014 to 19th April 2015


Architecture dans l’objectif

Some architects moslty unknown to the general public, have constructed which are the memory of our architecture. But today, we also have real talents among humans who build urban landscape of our city.

This exhibition welcomed an auction on the opening evening in favor of « Architectes Sans Frontière ».

From 19th to 28th September 2014

12e Biennale d’Art contemporain de Lyon - « Entre-temps… Brusquement, et ensuite »

Guest curator: Gunnar B. Kvaran

In 2013, the international exhibition, directed by Gunnar B. Kvaran, introduced 77 artworks of artists from 21 countries and is entitled « Entretemps…Brusquement, Et ensuite »

The 2013’s Lyon Biennial, gathered and introduced artists from all over the world who work in the narrative domains and experiment, throught their work, the narratives’ procedures and mechanisms.

From 12th September 2013 to 5th January 2014


« Emotions – Installations till 2012 by Erwin Olaf »

Erwin Olaf has already realised many national and international’s exhibitions.

With the support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands embassy.

Erwin Olaf’s artworks implicitly, show what is unexpressed, careless or what is imperceptible at the first glance. Olaf’s artworks deals with social issues, taboos and bourgeois conventions in a stylized and illustrated environment.

From 21st March to 30th June 2013

« L’art contemporain raconté aux enfants » 

From 7 to 77 years old!

For this exhibition, Gianni Colosimo, italian artist, has chosen to revisit and reinterpret emblematic artworks of Xxe century, such as those of Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, georg Baselitz…

From 28th September to 31st December 2012


« Labyrinth of Memory » Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota has conceived a project using the identity and the architecture of the building, exploiting ceiling and pillars as an immersive structure.

Sixteen white dresses were suspended from the ceiling, between the pillars into the whole space.

From 4th May to 31st July 2012


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