Nov 05, 2022 Apr 10, 2023

A Gateway To Possible Worlds

Art & science-fiction
Aïda MULUNEH, The Shackles of Limitations, 2018


Nov 05, 2022 Apr 10, 2023


Grande Nef et Galerie 3

Curated by

Alexandra Müller, research assistant and curator at Centre Pompidou-Metz

The American writer Ray Bradbury said: "Science fiction is the art of the possible." Under the guise of anticipating the future, it speaks to us of the present. It is a laboratory of hypotheses that manipulate and extrapolate the repressive norms and dogmas of today's world, its ambitions, social afflictions, opportunities and perils. A Gateway To Possible Worlds exhibition brings together over 200 works from the late 1960s to the present day. Art & science fiction whisks visitors away to a 2300m² sci-fi world. It puts the spotlight on the bonds between imaginary worlds and our reality with the help of artists, authors, architects and film directors. It builds on current demands for 21st century utopias to spark debate, inspiration and a form of hope.

The exhibition A Gateway To Possible Worlds. Art & science fiction is part of a critical and socially committed science fiction that emerged on the fringes of the hippie protest movements and explores the flaws of our immediate future, using philosophical, psychological, political, societal and ecological themes.


Exhibition catalogue


Exhibition catalogue - Les Portes du possible

The publication accompanying the exhibition on its journey is not only designed for sci-fi experts and connoisseurs, but also for the general public and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the genre. With over 200 works, including around one hundred with a commentary, it boasts short, unpublished essays by well-known science fiction authors:
Alain Damasio, Catherine Dufour, Sabrina Calvo, Kim Stanley Robinson, Nadia Chonville, Laura Nsafou, Michael Roch and Philippe Curval.

No drones, just "real" sentient contributions. Each guest writer provides an original introduction to one of the exhibition's themes, as well as a glimpse of their own literary universe. Together with the artwork, these essays help to bring imaginary worlds together to open the gates to other possible universes.

If sci-fi is a powerful tool for emancipation, a refuge as much as a refusal, its highly specific jargon, beginning with the wide range of sub-genres, can be confusing. This is why the rich catalogue is rounded off by a glossary with 50 articles written by Ariel Kyrou. An abundant, captivating work to explore the links between the visual arts and science fiction.

Les Portes du possible Éditions du Centre Pompidou-Metz.


230 x 300 mm



Publication date

2 Nov. 2022


39 €


Visiting guide - Mimèsis


Avec le soutien du département de la Moselle

Avec le mécénat du groupe SANEF

Avec la participation des Amis du Centre Pompidou-Metz

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