Lyon Art Paper, Meeting with Thierry Odin


From 10 to 14 October 2018contemporary drawing invites you to Lyon for the 4thth edition of Lyon Art Papercontemporary drawing room. On the agenda, 72 artists exhibit their creations in order to show you drawing in all its plurality: contemporary drawing, works on paper (collage, origami, three-dimensional objects), graphics and other modes of expression because Lyon Art Paper‘s brand is to promote the artistic possibilities linked to drawing and paper. In addition, many other events will enrich these four days of fair. We met with Thierry Odin, President of the Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-Arts (SLBA), the organizing entity of this exhibition that talks to us about this growing event.

Marlène Pegliasco: Introduce us to Lyon Art Paper.

Thierry Odin: It is already the 4th edition of Lyon Art Paper, an autumn exhibition devoted to drawing and paper. The question of contemporary drawing and paper is very interesting, artists are exploring more and more the technical and plastic possibilities of this medium. The quality increases with each edition and we are delighted about it. We minimize the number of artists exposed in order to keep a certain requirement. Thus, these are 72 people who work on paper, on the surface, in volume, in a traditional, sometimes academic way. There are recognized artists, who exhibit in galleries, others not… One of the keys to the SLBA is to value their work in a uniform way and to show artistic dynamism by rhône-Alpes region.

M.P.: Do you encourage creation through the collection of works of art?

T.O.: The art market is changing, the way artists exhibit and reach the public is changing. The role of the SLBA is to allow the diffusion of art through the movement of people on the show to explore new creative approaches. And encourage the collection. The classic collector has difficulty renewing himself, we must adopt an approach to attract new collectors by asking the right questions: how to generate the collector’s interest? How to interest him, arouse his curiosity? The prices displayed are between 100 and 5000 € and attract a less fortunate, younger audience, interested in the art of drawing, and wishing to acquire a work that touches them. Finally, at Lyon Art Paperthe links are relaxed, simpler, more accessible.

Portrait Thierry Odin, President of SLBA©P.Auclair

M.P.: Do you explore drawing, or even its traditional medium – paper in all its dimensions?

T.O. : We are multiplying the number of gateways to attract a multiple audience. We have this transversal approach to other techniques and other very innovative media that immerses us in the heart of contemporary creation. We try to make a link between a more classical and an experimental look in order to arouse curiosity.

Manzanas de Tierra I©Manon Guillet

M.P.: What makes Lyon Art Paper so special?

T.O.: To reinforce this opportunity for discovery, we have reduced the average time of the show to four days. The artists are present, the more or less enlightened public asks a lot of questions, exchanges are created, everyone expresses their emotions, discusses around the support, techniques, the orientation of their work… The answers are in the order of pedagogy. And for artists, it also allows them to build a network, links between them, to exchange on their creation. A palpable profusion that is the strength of Lyon Art Paper. For this edition, we are presenting a tribute to Hubert Munier alongside the 72 artists, we are promoting the younger generation with the Lyon Art Paper Revelation Prize and Manon Guillet‘s solo exhibition. Finally, we collaborate with cultural institutions such as this year’s Centre d’art contemporain de l’abbaye d’Auberive, which offers us a selection of drawings by artists Dado, Fred Deux and Davor Vrankic. Last year, more than 4000 visitors came to the Palais de Bondy, a heritage site in the heart of the city of Lyon. This year, we wish more and more visitors, reinforcing our conviction that there is an expectation and a local artistic enthusiasm.

Sulamite_III the mermaid©Jean- Marc Paubel


The contemporary drawing room

From 10 to 14 October 2018Palais
de Bondy

18 Bondy Pier

69005 Lyon

Public opening on Wednesday, October 10 from 6pm to 9pm

Open to the
publicThursday 11 to Friday 12 October from 12pm to
6pmSaturday 13 October from 11am to
9pmSunday 14 October from 10am to 4pm


Free entrance

Marlène Pegliasco

Graduate of a Master in Art History and living in Toulon, I created the blog Art In Var ( to share with my readers, the rich artistic news of this beautiful department. This passion...

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