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A coffee with artworks : The forest must help the night to darken the world.

The Fondation Thalie offers a unique series of cross-referenced stories between the works of its collection. For one morning, A coffee in front of artworks, through a unique display of works, invites you to rub shoulders with the great and small history of art, and to discover the secrets of singular and little-known practices. A sensitive experience designed to reveal invisible relationships, and to give free rein to the interpretation, in a small group of enthusiasts.



Following its title from Bachelard, this sixth edition of A coffee with artworks is built around the theme of night, that journey from dusk to dawn. If Eva Jospin’s forests and grottos appeal so much to the imagination, it’s because they are so close to night in their calm and darkness. Remember the cracking of branches in a dark forest. Remember mistaking dogs for wolves. From time immemorial, night has been the place of all possibilities.

Bouncing off a reflection by Deleuze and Guattari on the night, let’s rediscover Tomas Saraceno and Alice Anderson through two works from the Fondation Thalie collection. In what way are these works a way of being in the world, a cartography enabling us to appropriate the unknown, the establishment of a “calm and stabilising centre”. Art has always played the role of night-light.

Tomas Saraceno (Argentina, 1973) lives and works in Berlin. Trained in architecture and the visual arts, his work was shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, when he was awarded the Calder Prize. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, at the Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Palais de Tokyo, the Grand Palais, the MUDAM, and more. His work can be seen as a research in progress: inspired by architecture, biology and science in general, his floating sculptures and interactive installations suggest new, sustainable ways of inhabiting the world. Alice Anderson (England, 1972) lives and works in England. Trained as a performance artist and painter, she is best known today for her regularly performed work using copper wire. Using this material to represent the connectivity of the digital world, she saves objects by wrapping them. To do this, she often draws inspiration from distant, often spiritual, rites and cultures.  In this way, she questions our relationship with the world. Alice Anderson presented her first solo exhibition in 2011. She took part in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. She exhibited at the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2015 and at the Centre Pompidou in 2017.



  • (Re)discover artists from the Foundation’s collection. So much beauty, so many potential journeys just waiting to be discovered.
  • To take part in a form of mediation based on exchange and dialogue.
  • Taking advantage of a common theme to explore radically different practices.
  • Adopt one or other philosophical concept.
  • Use a secondary theme to enrich the reading of Eva Jospin’s exhibition.


Practical details:

  • Date: Saturday 24 June, from 11am to 12pm.
  • Venue: Fondation Thalie
  • Prices: €8 – €5*
  • Online ticketing, limited capacity:
  • By whom : Valère GILLES, in charge of mediation at the Fondation Thalie.

*Reduced rates for students, teachers, under-26s, jobseekers and SMART members.