I Need to Live by Juergen Teller

Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris 

until 9 January 2024


In his most extensive solo-exhibition to date, Juergen Teller is staging a retrospective at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris. With its over 10,000 square meters of space for display. Teller collaborated with 6a, having designed the artist’s studio in London, completed in 2016.

Two walls intersecting in a cross, 100m long, divide the space into four sectors echoing the floor plan of the Grand Palais Éphémère. Slightly offset from the building grid to frame the Eiffel Tower, each sector offers a chapter in Juergen Teller’s work, which is arranged in the form of a continuous narrative. A selection of his famous images as well as new bodies of works, is installed together with videos, adding up to a total of over 800 exhibits.

The exhibition design facilitates different viewing experiences, allowing close-up and comparative studies as well as extended overviews.

The exhibition is made of European beech faced plywood on softwood structure. The entire installation is designed using unfinished full sheets of ply to ensure complete reuse after the show. Two video projections and a slide show will be presented within separate pavilions wrapped in French linen.

A selection of artist’s books and related artworks are presented in fifty vitrines on trestles, specially made by long time 6a collaborator Jones Neville Studio – who also made furniture for Teller’s studio.

A catalogue published by Steidl accompanies the exhibition including an essay by Tom Emerson.

After Paris the exhibition will move to the Milan Triennale.

Curated by Thomas Weski, Juergen Teller and Dovile Drizyte

Exhibition designed 6a architects

Vritines by Jones Neville Studio