Venues and dates

Croisements de territoires, mise en commun de réseaux, ouverture à différents publics, cette complémentarité institutionnelle est exceptionnelle en France comme à l’international et donne aux jeunes artistes, dont l’oeuvre est encore peu connue, une visibilité inédite.

This new edition of Young International Artists (Jeune création internationale) is focusing on new work in Europe, by inviting five European curators to show artists who complement those who have graduated from art schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The latter group is selected by a panel of judges comprising the institutions co-staging the event (Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale; National Fine Arts School in Lyon; Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes; and macLYON) and two artists from previous editions, Anne Le Troter and Nicolas Momein.

This complementary mix of institutions – inter-territory collaborations, pooled networks, and reaching out to a variety of audiences – is highly unusual both in France and worldwide. It offers unprecedented visibility to young artists whose work is, as yet, little known.

Devised in 2002 by macLYON and the National Fine Arts School in Lyon, subsequently joined by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, the event became part of the Lyon Biennale in 2019.

After developing ties with scenes beyond Europe (such as Shanghai, Cape Town, Singapore, Beijing and Havana), Young International Artists is now endeavouring to build or consolidate European networks to promote interaction with active scenes closer to Lyon.

11 artists :

Artistic direction :

  • Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon
    Isabelle Bertolotti, directrice artistique
  • École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon
    Estelle Pagès, directrice
  • Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
    Nathalie Ergino, directrice
  • Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (macLYON)
    Marilou Laneuville, responsable des expositions

Curated by

  • Eva González-Sancho Bodero, commissaire indépendante
  • Diana Marincu, directrice artistique, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara (Roumanie)
  • Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, commissaire indépendant
  • Anna Schneider, commissaire, Haus der Kunst, Munich (Allemagne)
  • Manuel Segade, directeur, CA2M − Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (Espagne)

In Lyon metropolitan area

Villeurbanne