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    Laure Tixier, Potager, semis à la volée [Kitchen Garden: Sowing by Hand]

    2009–2011, AMERS Biennale Art et Nature de l’île d’Oléron 2016, FDAC Essonne collection

    © Benjamin Caillaud / ADAGP, Paris 2021

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    Down to Earth: The Heart of the Matter

    Art Center

    from 2 Oct 2021 to 30 Jan 2022 - Centre d'art

    guest curator : Julie Sicault Maillé

    With Étienne de France, Anthony Duchêne, Camille Goujon, Le Nouveau Ministère de l’Agriculture (Suzanne Husky et Stéphanie Sagot), Koichi Kurita, Rachel Labastie, Martin Étienne and Sébastien Marot, Cynthia Montier, Laure Tixier, Anaïs Tondeur and Germain Meulemans + Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger (residency)


    Caring for the earth is caring for humanity

    – the permacultivators' motto


    We are currently witnessing a palpable revival of attention to the soil. All around us flourishing new initiatives are making soil the heart of the matter, as, at long last, awareness is growing that we must take care of something that ensures our existence; this nourishing soil without which eating would be reduced to swallowing capsules. The artists gathered together in Aterrir [Down to Earth] purposefully observe, evoke, sketch, disseminate and implement this renewed attentiveness to soil and its cultivation.


    And what better place than the Ferme du Buisson – a former farm in France's Briard region and a flagship of agricultural innovation in the time of the Menier family, the famous chocolate makers – to look into our present relationship with the land, its cultivation and our nutrition. Traditional and urban agriculture exist side by side in today's world; their scales are different, as are their aims and objectives – but can't each learn from the other?


    Today new challenges are emerging: in addition to the need for sustainable food, they are a sign of the desire to appropriate urban space with renewed social bonds, to rediscover basic human relationships, to connect with nature's cycles and to nourish ourselves with products that awaken our taste buds; to reconnect city dwellers and everyone else with the soil, with nature and with what's on their plates.


    Conviviality and social bonding, building communities to care for the soil, our common good, and caring for ourselves and others.

    Infos pratiques


    sat 2 oct

    4 pm

    exhibition opening

    with the artists


    sat 23 oct

    Anthony Duchêne: Paysages à Boire [Drink Up the Landscape]

    4:30 pm

    guided tour of the exhibition

    6 pm

    talk & wine tasting

    the living vineyard

    with artist Anthony Duchêne and journalist/columnist Dominique Hutin


    sat 20 nov

    5 pm

    book launch*

    Digressions #11: Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger, followed by a slide show with the artists


    sun 21 nov

    3 pm


    "Sendero el Puma"

    4 km around the Mombacho volcano in Noisiel with the artists

    *part of Baptiste Brévart and Guillaume Ettlinger's residency


    wed 8 dec

    film screening

    Champ [Field] by Étienne de France, followed by a discussion with the artist, Philippe and François Camburet (farmers) and Marianne Lanavère (tree and shrub cultivator and former director of the International Centre for Art and Landscape – île de Vassivière)

    at the Ferme du Buisson cinema

    admission: 4.50 € – 7.50 €


    sat 22 and sun 23 jan

    activation of artworks by Cynthia Montier

    discussions, planting, lunch with the artist – and more


    advance booking essential for all events

    numbers limited; health measures in force

    + info

    opening hours

    Wednesday – Friday, 2 – 6 pm

    Saturday - Sunday, 2 – 7:30 pm

    free admission


    advance booking essential for all events: +33 (0)1 64 62 77 77
    numbers restricted; compliance with current health


    guided tours and workshops


    — for the family

    parents & children workshops

    every second Wednesday

    and school holidays

    4 pm

    age 5+

    5 € per child/book in advance

    tours for tots

    sun 24 oct

    and 26 dec

    4 pm

    age 3–5

    5 € per child/book in advance

    — general public

    guided tours

    on request


    group tours

    advance booking required at



    how to get here

    — by train

    RER A towards Marne-La-Vallée, get off

    at Noisiel (20 mins from Paris)

    — by car

    A4 towards Marne-la-Vallée

    exit Noisiel-Torcy, take the Noisiel- Luzard road



    +33 (0)1 64 62 77 00