Grand Tour 2020 – Meetings Across Europe on Art and Ecology

Grand Tour 2020 – Meetings Across Europe on Art and Ecology


On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the European network for art and climate change Imagine 2020, of which COAL is the French representative, invited the critic and essayist Pieter Van Bogaert to a Grand Tour of Europe, during which he was able to meet with committed artists collaborating with the Imagine 2020 network’s cultural partners, from a dozen European countries.

In the spring of 2018, he thus embarked on a “grand tour” and traveled through the 10 partner cities of the Imagine 2020 network to meet the artists in their studios. It is by bike, train, plane and boat that the author accomplished this incredible journey and crossed the cities of Antwerp, Hamburg, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Riga, Rotterdam, Terschelling and finally Zagreb.

The book offers us a compilation of conversations and experiences conducted by the author, including the chapter Accablement: Cable, Thread, Link, with Thierry Boutionnier, artist winner of the COAL art and environment award 2010 for his project “Take Roots!” and regular collaborator of COAL. In this conversation with Pieter Van Bogaert at his home in Lyon he talks about his working process, his projects and his thoughts.

Grand Tour 2020 – Meetings Across Europe on Art and Ecology will be launched in France at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature during the evening
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November 28 and will be on sale from November 29 at the Marianne Goodman Bookshop and elsewhere.

Image credit: © Imagine 2020

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