A singular artist whose profuse work attests to the plurality of his talent, and a central figure in avant-garde music, architect, mathematician and engineer, etc.,
Xenakis in the 1950s broke the codes of contemporary music that had been
dominated by serialist trends since the end of World War II. Instantly recognisable, yet in perpetual revolution, his radical writing is at once a reference to Antiquity, an ode to nature and the elements, and a tribute to modernism at its most extreme.
By retracing Xenakis’s journey and the influences that nourished his work, the exhibition also looks at Xenakis’s position within the various political and aesthetic landscapes of his time and his perception by his contemporaries.