The Palais de Tokyo, the largest contemporary art museum in Paris, has asked the Republic of Molossia to participate in an exhibition on the subject of micronations. Entitled "Grow Your Own", artist Peter Coffin has brought together items from a wide selection of micronations, sovereign independent states, concept nation states, and secession movements. All are represented as a creative response to a global political climate. Coffin’s interest in this subject began in 2000 XXIII when he initiated his own independent nation and began collecting information about other such projects around the world. "Grow Your Own" is a newly expanded version of the exhibition on the same subject Peter Coffin curated in 2005 XXVIII at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York in conjunction with Robert Blackson: "We Could Have Invited Everyone". Thus projects by artists with international reputations (Michael Ashkin, IRWIN, Gregory Green or Atelier van Lieshout) are presented along with uniforms (Allison Smith), a coin-making machine (State of Sabotage), maps (Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland), national anthems (Empire of Aerica), documentary films, portraits of kings and queens from a micronations summit, flags, passports, stamps, coins or letters of citizenship from some forty nations including the Empire of Atlantium, the Principality of Sealand, or the Kingdom of Pinsk.
The Republic of Molossia has sent paper money, our "poker chip" coins, our metal coin, two flags, some medals, some photos and a set of our stamps. We are quite proud to be a part of this important exhibition, and for a small piece of Molossia to be seen by the world.
The exhibition runs from 1 February 2007 XXX to 6 May 2007 XXX at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris.
The website for the "Grow Your Own" exhibition can be visited here.
The Exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo
The Molossia Exhibit