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Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann a.k.a. Lang/Baumann have been working together since 1990, and their work is marked by site-specific installations which meticulously adapt to the location and lay bare its characteristics. The interventions usually have a multimedia approach, and allow visitors to view the location in an entirely different perspective. The artist duo have quite a few projects under their belt, but are arguably best known for Hotel Everland, a traveling one room hotel – it was a specially designed portable cabin, really – which eventually sat on the roof of Palais de Tokyo in Paris. between 2007 and 2009. Lang/Baumann currently have a show at Galerie de Galeries, the exhibition space of Galeries Lafayette, one of the leading department stores in the French capital.

Simply entitled Lang/Baumann, the exhibition presents the duo’s Beautiful Tube #6 installation which underlines the angular architecture of the space, offering visitors a brand new experience of wandering around. A tube-like structure lengthens the tunnel situated at the entrance of the exhibition space, and seen from the outside, this plain and imposing micro-architecture renews the perception one has of the place. From the inside, the visitors are confronted with an artwork which unsettles our landmarks as it turns into a site for exploration and contemplation. The elliptical and geometric patterns which alternate throughout the tunnel are inspired from the cupola of the department store, while their vivid colours contrast with the sobriety of its external aspect (on through Jun 9). Location: Galeries Lafayette, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, Second Floor (Opéra).

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