Jan Kopp

Born in 1970 in Frankfurt
Lives and works in Lyon


Projects with Suspended spaces

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Jan Kopp


Projects with Suspended spaces


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Selected works

La Forêt des mâts
ordinaire #12 du Parc

Grandir (ou faire...)
Grand ensemble
L’hôtel de Pouillon
Faire un jardin
Composer avec la Bléone

L’espace dans l’espace dans l’espace
La guérite de Pouillon
Les chercheuses de l’air
Constellation ordinaire #11 (Après, la mer s’est evaporée)
Cartons d'emballage épluchés (2013-2022)


Les yeux de la Sueille
Rien d’extraordinaire

Après avoir retourné le champ
Utopia House
Geologies (2019 / 2022)
Eplucher de multiples horizons
Corrida, Afrique, Piano à Queue
Restes bouclés
Sojacargos (Eating the Amazon) 

Capital Fordlandia IV
Capital Fordlandia II

Capital Fordlandia I Constellation ordinaire #10, anneaux
Constellation ordinaire #9, nid d'abeilles
Constellation ordinare #8, moules de plâtre
Produit Lave Vaisselle U Eco

3 février 13h52 - 2016 Silo Temporaire
Constellation ordinaire #7 (Peinture d'histoire manquante)
Das Gebäude
Constellation ordinaire #6 (Paradis pas cher, Blumenwiese)
Constellation ordinaire #5 (Garonne)
Lunch Bag Painting 1-13
Un Souffle, une vapeur

Nordpol um 2086

Constellation ordinaire #4 (le balancier)
Soulever le monde
Ville sur Mikado
Où est la Sculpture
Landschaft II

À 2000 mètres d'ici
Dessin pour soulever le Monde
Une première tentative de soulever le monde
L’Oeil du cerf volant
Parabole do Palacio
Constellation ordinaire #3 (Tresors)

Courir Niemeyer
Grand Ensemble
Dessins de construction pour grand ensemble

Constellation ordinaire #2 (Panettone etc.)
Constellation ordinaire #1 (Le Monde)
Dessins automatiques
Gebäude mit Baugerüst
Gebäude mit Bauplane
Nachtzeichnung (umgekehrt)
Cible avec problème de concentration Gebäudedetail

Les balançoires
La courbe de la ritournelle

Le Jeu sans fin
The House
Place Eaux Claire Mistral

Le Tourniquet
Les Trois promesses

Mohammédia (le projet disparu)
La Parabole

Die Welt ist alles, was...
En attendant la prochaine révolution
Meltings I, Meltings II, Meltings III

Im Treibhaus
And This is only the beginning
L’ivresse du tigre
Les méchants sont tous morts en Europe
La Tour

La Tour
Dessins pour No Paraderan

Monstres (rep.),
Quelques Mouvement cycliques
Gespenster Zeichnungen

Changer Une Minute


Exits (in res publica)
Rennes - La Madeleine


Taming the Alien
Final Races
Exits (Rennes)

Repeat (after me)

News from an Unbuilt City
Musique de cheminées
Ce qui se passe

Le Jardin des choses nommées
Perfectly Strange

Regarder les gens passer

Mohn Pavot
Une année de weekends enigmatiques

Das Mohnfeld am Potsdamer Platz
La Musique des cheminées
Schon wieder matt

La butte aux coquelicots 
Dessins urbains

Workshops / collective works
Le voyage, 2020
La Ronde de Belval, 2016
Parenthèse transparentes, 2014

Utopia House, 2016-2019

The Utopia House adventure is the result of an artistic commission initiated and carried out by La Kunsthalle - centre d'art contemporain de Mulhouse with the Lycée Saint Joseph de Cluny, the City of Mulhouse, the Lycée des Métiers du BTP Gustave Eiffel and the Fondation Bullukian.

From 2016 to 2019, Jan Kopp is leading this itinerant project between Mulhouse and Lyon, in collaboration with students and numerous partners.

All the stages of the project are documented, from the first workshops with students in 2016 to the boat's swimming in the spring of 2018.

— Focus on the Utopia House project is published on the Réseau documents d'artistes website.
— Interview with Jan Kopp on the Makery website
— Program "Carnets de campagne", 29/05/2018 on France Inter : presentation of the project by Sandrine Wymann, director of La Kunsthalle Mulhouse
— Report of France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 29/05/2018 (Arrival in Lyon)
— Report of the newspaper L'Alsace, 7/05/2018 (Departure from Utopia House)
— Report of the newspaper L'Alsace, 19/04/2018
— Extract of the JT of France 3 Haute-Alsace, 19/04/2018

View of the assembly at the Nautilia shipyard, Illzach © Jan Kopp, 2018
A project by Jan Kopp, supported by La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - City of Mulhouse - Lycée St Joseph de Cluny, Mulhouse - Lycée des Métiers du BTP Gustave Eiffel, Cernay - Fondation Bullukian, Lyon

Simulation of the structure: habitable on the left, navigable on the right

The Utopia House project is the result of an artistic commission initiated by La Kunsthalle - center d'art contemporain de Mulhouse and the Lycée Saint Joseph de Cluny with the visual artist Jan Kopp. This commission concerns the renovation of the students' hostel of the vocational training establishment, which has become too small, not very user-friendly and out of date.

Utopia House is a sculptural work designed by Jan Kopp for and by the youth of the Lycée Saint Joseph de Cluny. Committed since 2016, the project involves the students of the high schools, but also many territorial actors, on the design of this new space.
this commission, Jan Kopp chose to expand his study to the issue of housing, mobility, homelessness, the problems of emergency accommodation and housing crisis as well as the need for alternative architectures.
project is thus at the heart of different approaches related to artistic creation, eco-responsible construction, sustainable development, solidarity and education.

"My idea is to build a space that can be disassembled and can navigate. I want to give this "house" a first life as a travelling home that can accommodate a number of students [...] to make a trip of about ten days on the Rhine-Rhone canal. [...] What also interests me is the question of the age of the future users of this place: they are young people on the verge of adulthood and the trip could, why not, be imagined as a journey of initiation." J.K.

At the end of its journey, the floating structure returns to Mulhouse to be installed. The framework used for this boat will then be transformed by tilting into the roof structure of a new place.

Utopia House, from Mulhouse, May 7, 2018

Utopia House, on arrival in Lyon, May 20, 2018

Itinerary of the navigation between Mulhouse and Lyon, on the canal from the Rhine to the Rhone and then on the Saône river
Travelling time of 11 days on about 417 km, crossing 126 locks

Structure drawings


1 - AUTUMN 2016: Workshop
In November and December 2016, students from the Lycée Saint Joseph de Cluny (Mulhouse) and the Lycée des métiers du BTP Gustave Eiffel (Cernay) took part in workshops during which they designed and built rafts from recycled materials to test all the stages of a navigable construction (practicability, buoyancy, feasibility).

2 - SPRING 2017: Workshop
In April 2017, a workshop - led by Jan Kopp and Bruno De Micheli, architect - entitled "Utopia Practis: designing floating huts in 5 days" took place at the Écomusée d'Alsace with 25 students from the Strasbourg School of Architecture.

3 - JULY 2017: Construction and launching of the prototype
In July 2017, a 1/2 scale prototype, built by the students of the wood course of the Lycée Eiffel in Cernay, was launched at the Écomusée d'Alsace to test its buoyancy.

4 - SPRING 2018: Construction
After being machined in the spring of 2018 by the students of the "wood construction" course at the Lycée des métiers du BTP in Cernay, the parts were assembled at the Nautilia shipyard in Illzach to become a 14-meter long and 5-meter wide boat. The structure, filled with polystyrene, was launched and tested to obtain a navigation certificate.

5 - MAY 2018 : Navigation from Mulhouse to Lyon
Photos : © La Kunsthalle Mulhouse

The boat Utopia House was transported by river from Mulhouse to Lyon to be presented by the Bullukian Foundation, as a prelude to Jan Kopp's solo exhibition organized at the Bullukian Foundation from October 2018.

During approximately ten days of navigation, Jan Kopp led the floating structure on the Rhine/Rhône canal, then on the Saône, for a journey of about 417 km, crossing 126 locks. This navigation time was invested by the artist and the successive crews (high school students and teachers, partners, patrons, press...) to produce a trace (video, photography, weaving...) of this extraordinary experience.

- May 29-31, 2018
During its stopover in Lyon, Utopia House was visible on the Rhone quay, on the Place Antonin Poncet side, this presence on the quay resonating with a presentation of the project and various events organized at the Bullukian Foundation, 26 Place Bellecour, Lyon.

In this context, the Bullukian Foundation and Documents d'artistes Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes have invited Jan Kopp for an evening of public meetings, on May 30 at 7pm.
> see the filmed interview

///////////////Utopia House
Film documentaire réalisé par Norman Nedellec, 2018
Navigation Mulhouse > Lyon

6 - JUNE 2018 : Return to Mulhouse
Departure on Friday, June 22 from the Edouard Herriot port of Lyon.
Arrival at the Mulhouse marina on Sunday, July 1.

7 - September 13 to November 11, 2018
Presentation of Utopia House as part of the exhibition Your North is your South at La Kunsthalle, center d'art contemporain de la Ville de Mulhouse. Exhibition in partnership with the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg which presents the exhibition Your North is my South.

8 - From 2019
The work becomes the roof structure of a new place in Mulhouse...

Project holders:
La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - Ville de Mulhouse - Lycée professionnel St Joseph de Cluny, Mulhouse - Lycée professionnel des Métiers du BTP Gustave Eiffel, Cernay - Fondation Bullukian, Lyon

With the support of :
ACMISA, Action Culturelle en Milieu Scolaire d'Alsace - Ameco, Illfurth - AURM, Agence d’Urbanisme de la Région Mulhousienne - Bois&Techniques, Soultz - Centre Alsace Levage, Sainte-Croix-en-Plaine - Centre d’Interprétation de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Mulhouse - Conseil Départemental du Haut-Rhin - Club de voile de Mulhouse, Reiningue - Club de Canoë Kayak de Mulhouse, Riedisheim - CNR, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône / Port Édouard Herriot, Lyon - Coved environnement - Documents d’artistes Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Strasbourg - Écomusée d’Alsace, Ungersheim - Fibois Alsace - Fondation de France - Foussier quincaillerie, Illzach - France 3 Grand Est - Goethe Institut - Institut Supérieur Social de Mulhouse - Journal l’Alsace - KAPLA France SARL - L'Art et la matière, Mulhouse - Lycée Ettore Bugatti, Illzach - Lycée des Métiers Charles Stoessel, Mulhouse - Maison Européenne de l’Architecture, Strasbourg - Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Grand Est et DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - Mécanique bateaux LD, Villeurbanne - Musées Mulhouse Sud Alsace - Nautilia Travaux Subaquatiques, Illzach - Ravatherm France SAS - Région Grand Est - Scierie Phan SARL, Dolleren - Siat Braun, Molsheim - Sivom de la région mulhousienne - VNF - Voies navigables de France.