Ceremony #16

05.11.2021—07.11.2021

Béatrice Balcou

Curated by: Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers


Venue: ROZENSTRAAT - a rose is a rose is a rose
Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Performance times: The exact times will be announced at a later date. To attend a ceremony a reservation is required.


In performances, sculptures and installations Béatrice Balcou (1976, France) creates situations offering innovative exhibition rituals that challenge our way of looking at and perceiving objects—especially works of art. Homing in on attentiveness to the materiality of the artwork and the behaviour of the viewer, she investigates the perceived value of art and the role assigned to it by our contemporary lifestyles.

The Untitled Ceremonies initiated in 2013 until today, involve unpacking and installing a work by another artist chosen from a public or private collection, then dismantling and re-packing it. The performances are executed in silence in front of a limited number of spectators gathered around the work. Repeating the actions of an 'art handler', Béatrice Balcou unpacks the work, assembles it if necessary, give a moment to look at it and then pack it again. In a choreography of slow, precise, detailed gestures she looks into the attention given to the materiality of the work of art and the behaviour of the viewer, triggering an awareness not only of the work required by the making and presentation of art, but also of the accompanying sounds, the setting, the other spectators and her own body.

Commissioned by Tlön Projects, Béatrice Balcou has developed a new ceremony around a work chosen from the imaginary collection. For the presentation of this ceremony a collaboration has been started with ROZENSTRAAT - a rose is a rose is a rose where the ceremony will be performed several times.


Béatrice Balcou's recent solo and dual exhibitions include Béatrice Balcou at M Museum, Leuven (2019—2020); L’Économie des apostrophes at La Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art in Noisiel (2018—2019); Béatrice Balcou x Yuki Okumura: double suicide at Kumagusuku at Kyoto Art Hostel kumagusuku in Kyoto (2018); Kazuko Miyamoto <> Béatrice Balcou at Exile in Berlin (2017) and at L’Iselp in Brussels (2016); Walk in Beauty at Casino Luxembourg Contemporary Art Forum (2014); Calme, luxe et volupté at Le Quartier Centre for Contemporary Art in Quimper (2014); and Chaque chose en son temps at FRAC Franche-Comté in Besançon (2013).

Over the last few years her works have been featured in numerous group shows including Article 132-75 at Kunsteverein, Langenhagen (2019), Sculpter (faire à l’atelier) at FRAC Bretagne, Rennes (2018), Tes Mains dans mes chaussures at La Galerie Contemporary Art Center, Noisy-le-Sec (2017), Un-Scene IIIat WIELS, Brussels (2015), Plateforme de jeux at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015) and Des choses en plus, des choses en moins at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014).

In 2018, she was laureate, with Yuki Okumura, of the French Institute’s residency at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan. The works of Béatrice Balcou are part of the collections of CNAP Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), FRAC Franche-Comté (Besançon), FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris), FRAC Corse (Corse), CIRVA (Marseille) and Cera - M Museum (Leuven).