From June 8 to July 28, 2019

Opening ceremony June 7, 2019


Place de la Comédie, 34000, Montpellier

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100 artists in the city - ZAT 2019

From June 8 to July 28, 2019, Montpellier Contemporain is staging 100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019, an outdoor exhibition that occupies the city of Montpellier (exhibition venues, shops, cafés, walls, squares...) during the summer of 2019. On the weekend of June 29 – 30 2019, as a curtain raiser to the inauguration of the MOCO Hôtel des collections, the international exhibition 100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019 injects some artistic fizz into the heart of Montpellier’s historic center! 
100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019 takes inspiration from a project kickstarted by the Montpellier-based group of artists ABC Productions (Tjeerd Alkema, Jean Azemard, Vincent Bioules, and Alain Clément), who put on a city-wide show in 1970. Almost 50 years later, Nicolas Bourriaud, CEO of the MOCO, pays tribute to this seminal event, inviting some of today’s foremost artists to contribute a host of new pieces. Guest artists include Neil Beiloufa, Berdaguer & Péjus, Hicham Berrada, Braco dimitrijević, Agnes Fornells, Gloria Friedmann, Mona Hatoum, Fabrice Hyber, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Mathieu Mercier,  the collective OPAVIVARÀ!, and Jeanne Susplugas. Hosting exhibitions by student collectives from Montpellier Art School (ESBA), these events also showcase the sheer diversity of the local art scene. 
100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019 is enriched by an exhibition organized by Hou Hanru, director general of the MAXXI in Rome. The Street. Where the World Is Made confirms the inextricable links between cutting-edge arts practices and their anchoring in the public space. 

100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019 also presents the opportunity to unveil three new public commissions in the urban environment with works by Abdelkader Benchamma, dominique Figarella, and Lili Reynaud-dewar. 
Likewise placing art at the heart of its cultural project, the maritime city of Sète this year joins forces with the city of Montpellier and the MOCO to host 100 artists in the city  –  ZAT 2019, with the port showing 13 of the artists.  
Open to the widest possible audience, this multifaceted display in summer 2019 leads visitors beyond the confines of the museum to discover the city’s cultural and historical resources from a contemporary art angle. 
The exceptional reach of the event should also urge city residents to cast a new look at their daily environment. With  this in mind, public education facilities include: guided tours, “artist’s word” podcasts, guidebooks, audioguides, etc.  
Day by day, this artistic enthusiasm is nurtured by other highlights in the schedule, such as group encounters,  lectures, performances, and festivities, notably at the launch of 100 artists in the city – ZAT 2019, on Friday June 7 at 7pm  on the Place de la Comédie and at the inauguration of the MOCO on June 29 and 30 2019. 
On June 6 in La Panacée, an inaugural historic round table has brought together a number of major players of our time, among them Vincent Bioules, whose oeuvre will be honored  by a retrospective at the Musée Fabre from June 15 to October 6, 2019, and Tjeerd Alkema, on show at the FRAC – Occitanie Montpellier.  
Along with the hundred or so invited artists, numerous partners (the Musée Fabre, the National Opera and Orchestra of Montpellier, ICI/CCN Master Exerce, Montpellier danse, the FRAC – Occitanie, the Mécenes du Sud Montpellier-Sète, Arte Lozera, the Montpellier art gallery network, the city of Sète, the SERM, Uniqlo, Technilum, Monoprix, Sauramps), together with many city center businesses, consolidating the trans-regional impact of the project.

Featuring works by: Avec les œuvres de : Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc et Jean-Christophe Marti, Nils Alix-Tabeling, Wilfrid Almendra, Ei Arakawa, Neil Beloufa, Abdelkader Benchamma, Christophe Berdaguer & Marie  Pejus, Hicham Berrada, Olivier Cablat, Roberto Cabot, Armelle Caron, Hsia Fei Chang, Jean-Marc Chapoulie, Gaëlle Choisne, Collectif CHAVKI, Collectif IN EXTREMIS, Collectif BONJOUR!, Collectif GELLY, Collectif OPAVIVARÀ!, Collectif SOMMES, Laetitia Delafontaine & Grégory Niel, Jean Denant, Gabriel Desplanque, Braco Dimitrijevic, Noël Dolla, Yann Dumoget, Mimosa Echard et Anne Bourse, Dominique Figarella, Agnès Fornells, Gloria Friedmann, Mathilde Geldhof, Hadrien Gerenton, Lola Gonzalez, Sylvain Grout & Yann Mazeas, Mona Hatoum, Fabrice Hyber, Sabrina Issa pour LAAB, Pierre Joseph, Zsofia Keresztes, Eve Laroche-Joubert, Mehryl Levisse, Ariane Loze, Jean-Charles Massera, Ramuntcho Matta, Clémentine Melois, Mathieu Mercier, Enzo Mianes, Melik Ohanian, Bruno Peinado, Pierre Peres, Julien Previeux, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Jimmy Richer, Agnès Rosse, Vivien Roubaud, Franck Scurti, Bruno Serralongue, Bob & Roberta Smith, Jeanne Susplugas, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Laurent Tixador, VOXELS +  Exerce ICI/CCN Montpellier


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Jean-Charles Massera, MAYBE I SHOULD JUST…

Broadcast: from 10am to 5:30pm, everyday

Work by Jean-Charles Massera (performed by Christophe Brault and Emmanuelle Lafon) for "100 artists in the city - ZAT 2019" directed by Nicolas Bourriaud.

Produced by MOCO Montpellier Contemporain in partnership with Gare SNCF Montpellier Saint-Roch and SNCF Gare et Connexions.