Le meilleur des mondes

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João Tabarra, Paradis (What Type of Contestation are we Asking for ?), 1997
View of the exhibition Le meilleur des mondes, 24 November 2010 - 31 January 2011, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lyon/Rhône.

© Blaise Adilon

Invited by the Club pour l’Art Contemporain (CLAC) at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, the Institut d’art contemporain presented the exhibition Le meilleur des mondes, consisting of works from its collection, at the University Library at the Manufacture des Tabacs. The project resulted from the desire of the IAC and the CLAC, via the E-STUDIO facility, to strengthen students' awareness of contemporary art and to strengthen the links between higher education and cultural structures.

Le meilleur des mondes (the title being the French translation of Aldous Huxley's 1931 dystopian novel Brave New World*1, with the French title also inspired by a phrase from Voltaire's Candide) assembled artists who, using different modes of expression, report on their environment and take an acid look at the reality of society. The works of the artists were 'upset utopias'*2, a cynical portrait of contemporary society.

*1 Dystopian: a dystopia or counter-Utopia is a fictitious description of an imaginary society organised in such a way that it prevents its members from being happy and consists of a warning to readers from the author.

*2 The notion of literary utopia was invented by Thomas More in 1516 (Utopia); it described an ideal society or a political situation criticised through fiction and travel tales so that people can build a better world.

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