From February 5 to August 29, 2022, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is hosting an exhibition that presents the issue of artistic training, as pondered by artists whether as students or teachers. It is thus a question of discovering how artists learn to make art, and how this learning, whether accompanied or self-taught, sometimes becomes a form of art in its own right, as well as a beginning of reflection on learning in general.
Écoletopie © smarin © Photo Marc Domage
For this exhibition, the Centre Pompidou-Metz has invited the smarin design studio, founded by Stéphanie Marin in 2003, to design an experimental classroom, called Ecoletopie, in which schoolchildren come to school every week. A space of transmission open to all ages, a total environment to be inhabited and transformed collectively. The objects of smarin are offered as structures to be modulated, inviting the user
to build and deconstruct, to dance and breathe, to sleep and play. Their playful forms have therapeutic and political implications. For our minds: the right to laziness, to unproductivity and to a break. For our bodies: the regaining of a lost tonicity and mobility.
To learn more about the exhibit The Art of Teaching and Learning. A School for Creators, please visit https://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en/welcome