After having put collectively all of the attainable eventualities, having reorganized their groups in order to have the ability to mount the exhibitions on the final minute and planning to postpone the occasion in August, the good pictures competition of the Rencontres d'Arles lastly threw within the towel. "Confronted with the impossibility of manufacturing the exhibitions, equipping the premises, confronted with the interruption of worldwide commerce and making an allowance for the brand new suggestions of the federal government, we should hand over organizing the 2020 version of the Rencontres d'Arles", deplore the organizers in a press launch. Specifying : "By no means has a call been so tough to make. For 50 years, the Rencontres d'Arles have been held each summer time. "
The bulletins by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on April 28, banning any massive demonstration of greater than 5,000 folks, put an finish to the hypothesis. A board of administrators, assembly Wednesday, April 29, validated the cancellation plan for the competition. The organizers stated they had been searching for options to the implications of this choice. "We’ll greatest assist artists and curators by paying them their exhibition rights. We’re exploring all of the options to assist our groups who’ve all the time been dedicated with enthusiasm and dedication. "
The organizers are additionally delighted that the subsidies deliberate for 2020 will probably be maintained on this white yr: “Confronted with this unprecedented scenario, public authorities (metropolis, division, area, state), all the time dedicated to our facet, reaffirmed their unwavering assist for the competition. We thank them for this sturdy gesture which can permit the Rencontres d'Arles to be in place in 2021. ” An version that guarantees to be already difficult for the subsequent director of the competition, the present director, Sam Stourdzé, being on his strategy to the Villa Medici.
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