Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, is pleased to announce the names of the two winners unanimously chosen by the Steering Committee to represent France at the 2023 Prague Quadrennial of Theatre Design and Architecture:

  • For the Pavillon «Pays et Région»: Theo Mercier, sculptor and director, accompanied by Céline Peychet, director of her studio,
  • For the Pavillon «Écoles»: Cyril Teste, director and Nina Chalot, designer (MxM Collective).

The Prague Quadrennial will take place from 8 to 18 June 2023 and will focus on “Scarcity”.

This global event is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and produced by the Art and Theater Institute. It presents scenography as an art in its own right, which aims at creating spectacular spaces and imaginary worlds. Offering a different vision every four years and revealing a new perspective on this discipline, the Quadrennial has established itself as an essential international platform for training and exchange of experiences.

France’s presence at this major event is an important issue for all actors in scenography and for strengthening artistic cooperation between European countries.

The Ministry of Culture has entrusted the coordination of France’s presence to the Prague Quadrennial to ARTCENA, Centre national des arts du cirque, de la rue et du théâtre. ARTCENA also receives support from the French Institute and the French Institute in Prague.

The Quadrennial is organized in partnership with the eight French higher education institutions training in scenography:

• Nantes National School of Architecture - Ensa, Nantes;

• National School of Decorative Arts - EnsAD, Paris;

• École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre - ENSATT, Lyon;

• École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris La Villette, Paris;

• École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, Paris;

• University of Rhine Arts - HEAR, Mulhouse & Strasbourg;

• Strasbourg National Theatre School - TNS, Strasbourg;

• Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3, Paris. 

France thus highlights the vitality of its creation and its artists as well as the excellence of its higher education institutions of artistic creation. During the last edition in 2019, France won the prize for the best country pavilion with the creation Microcosm by Philippe Quesne.

Learn more: https://www.artcena.fr/artcena/quadriennale-de-prague