The 2009 edition opens up some new prospects. The Rendez-vous platform is now giving rise to an exhibition in Rhône-Alpes region and to residences, and next year to international exchanges (residences and shows). This year’s show is being held at the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne and is a focus of the Xth Biennale de Lyon.
Meanwhile, there are ongoing international exchanges. The years 2008-2009 saw four young artists in residence at Lyon: He An (China), Catalina Leon (Argentina), Tom Scicluna (USA) and Andrey Ustinov (Russia), and four artists from Rhône-Alpes in residence abroad: Elise Cam at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Dae Jin Choi at the Ludovic Paquelier Contemporary Art, Moscow; Yan Gao at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Linda Sanchez in Buenos Aires.
Rendez-vous 09 includes twenty artists of ten different nationalities and enables them to produce novel projects in painting, sculpture, video, installation art etc. It confirms the commitment of the partners to the previous edition (Beijing, Moscow, Buenos Aires) while opening up a broader international base by developing links with structures organizing major landmark events on the current art scene, notably including the biennials with which Lyon is closely involved: the Biennials of Taipei, Istanbul, Moscow, Sante Fe, Liverpool, Mercosul, the Yokohama Triennial…; not forgetting Bandjoun and Vilnius.
To reach a wider audience for this event, Rendez-vous 09 comes with a website and a publication.