image of daniel arsham with mock up of in situ design for merce cunningham dance company’s ‘au tour de paris’, 2009 courtesy of the artist

the american artist daniel arsham is best known for his reworking of architectural and natural forms of the everyday. his surreal art has been exhibited around the world and will now been seen on the stage. beginning march 29th and running until april 4th, arsham will be collaborating with the merce cunningham dance company during the french national biennale of dance – festival val-de-marne in paris. arsham created the in situ set for merce cunningham’s ‘au tour du paris’ events during the festival. the performance events will take place in a variety of theatres around the city. this is arsham’s second collaboration with the dance company, after his 2007 design for eyespace during the merce in miami celebration. arsham’s design will integrate found objects and he will also be ‘cutting holes in the back wall of the theater during the performance turning the architecture of the theater into the set.’ arsham follows in the footsteps of robert rauschenberg who was cunningham’s artistic director from 1954-1964. arsham lives and works in new york and miami.

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artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘ode/eon (set for merce cunningham’s eyespace)’ by daniel arsham, 2007 (wood, aluminum, acrylic, paint, foam, epoxy) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin, photograph by mariano peuser

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘sheet’ by daniel arsham, 2007 (EPS, plaster, paint, fabric, rubber) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘curtain’ by daniel arsham, 2007 (EPS foam, plaster gauze) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company ‘open staircase’ by daniel arsham, 2006 (epoxy, foam, PVC, epoxy resin) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘miami does paris’ by daniel arsham, 2006 (EPS, PVC) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘inlet by daniel arsham, 2007 (gouache on mylar) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company ‘untitled’ by daniel arsham, 2009 (gouache on mylar, frame) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance companyportrait of daniel arsham with ‘corner knot’, 2008 (EPS, plaster, paint, joint compound) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin

artist daniel arsham collaborates with the merce cunningham dance company‘hammock’ by daniel arsham, 2007 (EPS foam, plaster gauze) courtesy of galerie emmanuel perrotin