Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées

Raphaël Zarka, Cycloïd Ramp

les Abattoirs
Raphaël Zarka,  Etude pour une œuvre monumentale à protocole. Rampe Cycloïdale, 2015 - 2016, Commande du Centre national des arts plastiques en 2015, coll. FNAC 2016-0095 © Raphaël Zarka / Cnap ; crédit photo : Yves Chenot

Raphaël Zarka's Cycloid Ramp is a continuation of the artist's research on skateboarding culture. Zarka offers skaters the opportunity to re-experience the laws of classical mechanics on a human scale.

For the first time, Les Abattoirs are joining forces with NikeSB, the Cnap and Reed Expositions France, to present a work as part of the 2018 FIAC Projects programme. Rampe Cycloïdale by artist Raphaël Zarka will be visible on Place Clemenceau in Paris from 16 to 21 October before being installed on the parvis of Les Abattoirs from Thursday 8 November 2018.

A commission from the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) produced with the support of NikeSB (Nike  SkateBoard) in association with Les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse, Raphaël Zarka’s Rampe Cycloïdale extends the artist’s research on skateboarding culture.

The railing is part of a series of commissions of “process-based” monumental works initiated in 2015 by the Centre national des arts plastiques. This practicable and functional installation will occupy public space in the courtyard of Les Abattoirs in Toulouse from Thursday 8 November 2018, thus echoing the Zarka – Froment exhibition (September 2016 - January 2017).

Raphaël Zarka was born in 1977. He lives and works in Paris. Sculpture is the common denominator throughout his work, but he also draws on photography, painting, design, and video. His work is influenced by horizons as diverse as skateboarding, mathematical objects, and of course, art history.
He pays homage to his various influences in his photography book Riding Modern Art (Éditions B42 – Paris, 2017), which presents skateboarders taking over modern sculptures in urban space. It is now his turn to present his own artwork as a playground.