Curators: Boris Charmatz, Larys Frogier, Martina Hochmuth

At the beginning, it was just a matter of assembling a small team of curators. Who would choose a body of plastic works. Their exhibition would be produced by a small bunch of performers in charge of the permanent hanging-unhanging of the works, following their own ideas. In charge of organizing the confrontation of those works against one another. Of the task of making them enjoy the fresh air or putting them in motion. Of curating them. Anointing them. Touching them. Unfolding them. Reading them. Observing them. Testing them. Of testing oneself physically and mentally in front of those works. Which all would have had a bone to pick with the project of a Dancing Museum, wether they resist the movement or on the contrary call for it.
A body of works set going for a museum’s building site.
brouillon tries to change an insatisfaction, an impossibility, a discomfort in front of art-objects-that-have-not-waited-for-this-project-in-order-to-exist, into a territory of experiment about what an exhibition in motion might look like. Objects-that-havent’t-asked-for-anything now land in a dancing Museum, for the better and for the worst.
We have also imagined an unexpected expansion of this project through an exceptional collaboration with the pavilion of the Palais de Tokyo, which we are delighted to welcome in Rennes. In the form of an active service, the ten resident-artists will each settle down to the job of fulfilling a museum’s “desires”, while asking themselves what their own desires would be if the order hadn’t been issued, or rather what kind of alternative desires appear during the production of a commissioned work. After a first instalment where the first results will be shown, the artists will be given the freedom to exhibit their own projects next to (or on top, or under) the works they will have produced on commission.
And during the time of this week-end it will also be possible to visit the little Dancing Museum which Thierry Micouin invented with the children of the Picardie school!
The slightly chaotic combination of all the productions, as well as the room of the actual brouillon, will form the substance of this exhibition hoping to be, for the least, an experiment of all, objects, works, performers, artists, visitors.
… A rough draft of a museum in motion.

brouillon was also presented on February 23 and 24, 2013 in Argos, Brussels, in coproduction with Kaaitheater in the framework of Performatik 2013.
Find the programm of both editions at the end of this article.

With works by: Adel Abdessemed, Francis Alÿs, Atelier Van Lieshout, Jimmie Durham, Rainer Ganahl, Dmitry Gutov, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Žilvinas Kempinas, Július Koller, Gustav Metzger, Ariel Orozco, Fred Sandback, SUPERAMAS, Artur Żmijewski...
As well as works commissioned from the residents of the Pavillon, the Palais de Tokyo’s creative laboratory: Andrea Acosta, Haizea Barcenilla Garcia, Patrick Bock, Davide Cascio, Ramiro Guerreiro, Anthony Lanzenberg, Ange Leccia, Christian Merlhiot, Jorge Pedro Núñez, Florence Ostende, Samir Ramdani, Mickaël Vivier
Performance: Boris Charmatz, Eduard Gabia, Cédric Gourmelon, Barbara Matijević, Jan Ritsema, Marlène Saldana
Music: Philipp Quehenberger

Production: Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne – Direction: Boris Charmatz. Association supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), the city of Rennes, the regional Council of Brittany and the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine.
The Institut français contributes regularly to the international touring of the Musée de la danse.
Thanks to: Francis Alÿs, Tristan Béra, Corinne Diserens, Leanne Dmyterko, Rainer Ganahl, Dmitry Gutov, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Ange Leccia, Christian Merlhiot, Gustav Metzger, Georg Schöllhammer, SUPERAMAS, Collection Suzanne Tarasiève Paris, David Zwirner Gallery New York, de Appel Curatorial Programme and Ann Demeester (Amsterdam), Galerie Christine König Vienna, Generali Foundation Vienna, gb agency Paris, Foksal Gallery Warsaw, Fondazione Morra Greco Naples, Sammlung Verbund Vienna, Sammlung Generali Foudation, Vienna.

Cover picture: © Mathieu Harel-Vivier / brouillon, Le Garage - Musée de la danse, Rennes, 2010