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Whether a sacred space, a dedicated area, a platform or a podium, a stage delimits a space in relation to which spectators are arranged, or arrange themselves. In ancient Greece, this type of space removed from everyday use took the form of a circle at the foot of a natural hollow amphitheatre. In ancient Rome it was a raised stone rectangle in front of a hemicycle; in the Middle Ages it took the form of a flat surface laid on trestles in the centre of a public square; in the Renaissance, it became a sloping wooden structure set against the wall of a galleried courtyard. In
the Neo-Classical period, this type of spatial arrangement became part of what is known as the « Proscenium Arch » theatre (in French, théâtre à l’italienne or Italian-style theatre), which we still use today and which divides a single space into two separate areas facing (or confronting) each other. Proscenium uses the idea of the exhibition space (gallery, etc..) as a society venue or “artistic stage”: a place where people go to be seen. Proscenium is neither a performance nor a stage set; it is a way of “staging” the gallery to provide a physical experience to the people who enter, whilst exhibiting its content as well as its social, artistic, commercial and logistic activity.


June 10th – September 17th 2017
documenta 14, Kassel, Germany
artistic director: Adam Szymczyk
curator: Pierre Bal-Blanc

November 29th-February 7th, 2015 - Proscenium
solo exhibition, Salle Principale, Paris, France
director: Maryline Brustolin

Photos/Courtesy: Salle Principale