La Cinquième Saison

Organized in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and curated for the second year by Annabelle Ténèze, Director of Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse and incoming Director of the Louvre-Lens Museum, an exhibition of public artworks will unfold across the Tuileries Garden, in the center of Paris.

Titled ‘La Cinquième Saison’ (‘The Fifth Season’), it draws from Ténèze’s 2022 Tuileries show ‘La Suite de l’Histoire’ and explores the garden as a mineral, aquatic, and vegetal space of activity and cohabitation – from growing plants and flowing water to strolling visitors and foraging animals.

Through the artworks on view, the exhibition asks how we can renegotiate our relationship to nature and emancipate ourselves from the anthropocentric, dominative dynamic at its heart.

Annabelle Ténèze

About the curator

Annabelle Ténèze is Chief Curator of Heritage and Director of Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse since 2016. In July 2023, Ténèze was appointed the Director of the Louvre-Lens Museum by Laurence des Cars, Présidente-Directrice of the Musée du Louvre. She will start her new role in the fall of 2023.

Ténèze was the first curator in charge of the graphic arts cabinet at the Musée national Picasso-Paris (2006 to 2012). She then became director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Haute-Vienne - Château de Rochechouart from 2012 to 2016. There she organized many monographic exhibitions (Jules de Balincourt, Eduardo Basualdo, Raoul Hausmann, Kent Monkman, Laure Prouvost, Carolee Schneemann, etc.). In les Abattoirs, she has organized, among others, exhibitions that combine both contemporary art and history, such as ‘Medellín. A Columbian History’, ‘Picasso and Exile. A History of Spanish Art in Resistance’, ‘Revue noire. A History of African Contemporary Arts’ or ‘La Déconniatrie. Art, exile and Psychiatry around Francois Tosquelles’, and ’Niki de Saint Phalle. The 1980s and the 1990s. Art Running Free’ at Les Abattoirs.

Ténèze has edited and published on artists emerging in the 1960s in several catalogs such as Marion Baruch, Jacqueline de Jong, Roy Lichtenstein, ORLAN, Peter Saul, Daniel Spoerri, and Tom Wesselmann.

Photographs by Marion Berrin for Art Basel.

Works in the exhibition