Le Crédac

L’amitié : ce tremble

Artists: Boris Achour (avec Émilie Renard), Noémie Bablet, Caroline Bachmann, Anna Byskov (avec Bertil Byskov, Margaret Byskov, Camila Farina et Sophie Lamm), Thomas Cap de Ville, Caretto & Spagna, Lola Gonzàlez, Donna Gottschalk, Tom Hallet, Eric Hattan (avec Silvia Bächli, Rut Himmelsbach, Guido Nussbaum, Hannah Villiger et Anna Winteler), Dorothy Iannone et Sarah Pucci, Youri Johnson, Edit Oderbolz, Hatice Pinarbaşi (avec Aram Abbas, Zahna Siham Benamor, Hugo Ferretto et Elif Pinarbaşi), Marthe Ramm Fortun, Marnie Slater (avec Robin Brettar, Matilda Cobanli, Judith Geerts, Jessica Gysel, Katja Mater et Clare Noonan) et Sarah Tritz

Curatorship: CRAC Alsace and Crédac's team

Opening : Sunday 18th February 2024 from 11h30am at CRAC Alsace in Altkirch

At CRAC Alsace and Crédac, we are really motivated by sharing ideas, collaborating and pooling methods. One day, we brought to the table the Temple de l’Amitié (the temple of friendship), located at 20 rue Jacob in Paris and home to the American writer Natalie Clifford Barney from 1908 to 1972. This temple and its garden fascinate us. They hosted an influential literary salon, extravagant parties, lively discussions, torrid encounters and timeless friendships. We share these bonds of complicity with the artists and their pieces. Friendship provides our practices with a unique experience of art. Friendship constitutes a space for thinking, creating, entwining. Friendship leads us to push open doors: the doors to the garden of the Temple de l’Amitié.


Reading the poem Au Temple de l’Amitié by Natalie Clifford Barney, the words “Friendship : that shiver, that aspen” 1 resonate with us. Near to the aspen, we perceive bodies, laughter and friendships. These bodies capsize, laughter erupts, and the aspen shivers, meanwhile, a snail: “Like the shell of a snail, our friendship grows by a new ring each year.” 2 One more ring.

The consideration of friendship as a method more than a subject helps us shape this exhibition that will straddle our two art centers and be constructed collectively with the artists, their friends and draw on the energy that drives us resolutely. We thus give full rein to the plurality of voices among which we invite you to add yours.


Friendly regards,
The teams of CRAC Alsace and Crédac


The exhibition takes place from 18th February until 12 May 2024 at CRAC Alsace in Altkirch, and from 27 April until 13 July 2024 at Crédac inIvry.
For the opening on February 18, a free shuttle bus will depart from Basel and arrive directly at CRAC Alsace. Departure at 10:45 am from Meret Oppenheim Strasse, opposite the skatepark, perpendicular to Solothurnerstrasse. Return to Basel by 2:30pm. Bookings with Maria Gamboa
The CRAC Alsace is open from Tuesday until Sunday, from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. Free admission.

  1. Natalie Clifford Barney, Les Nouvelles pensées de l’Amazone, Mercure de France, 1939.
  2. Ibid.
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