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b. 1980, France

Cyprien Gaillard Biography

Moving between photography, film and installation, Gaillard embarks upon a search for artefacts, monuments and architectural landmarks, as well as natural and urban landscapes that feature historical or modern ruins in states of neglect or reconstruction. This process allows the artist to investigate the effects and origins of social change. Entropy is an important theme for Gaillard: his works allude to the forms and techniques of Land art and Process art. The subcultures and youth movements that pervade public spaces also influence the artist. Gaillard transfers cultural materials and symbols into other contexts, rearranging images and ideas to critically examine the history of colonialism, thus inscribing his work with an enormous variety of cultural forms and symbols drawn from sources worldwide. The artist then engages these to examine the forces driving destruction and decay, as he observes and marks a continual disappearance of different cultures.

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Cyprien Gaillard (*1980, Paris) lives and works in Berlin and New York. Selected solo exhibitions include: TANK Shanghai (2019), Accelerator Konsthall, Stockholm (2019), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2019), K20-Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2016), Julia StoschekCollection, Dusseldorf (2015), MoMA PS1, New York (2013), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2012), Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011), and Kunsthalle Basel (2010). Signifant group exhibitions include the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Cleveland Triennial, Cleveland (2018), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2018), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018), ARoS Triennial, Aarhus, Denmark (2017), The Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2017), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2017), Hayward Gallery, London (2016), 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Gwangju Biennal (2010), and 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).

Text courtesy Sprüth Magers.

Exhibition view: Cyprien Gaillard, Reefs to Rigs, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles (11 February–July 2020). Courtesy Sprüth Magers. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Cyprien Gaillard Featured Artworks

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Fields of Rest by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardFields of Rest, 2011Polaroid, mat, aluminium frame
72 x 102 x 4 cm (incl frame)
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Tristan Island Rail by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardTristan Island Rail, 2013Excavator head and banded calcite
241.3 x 116.8 x 218.4 cm
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KOE by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardKOE, 2015HD video, colour. Duration: 4:17 min.
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Overburden by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardOverburden, 2020Aluminium honeycomb and limestone with stainless steel inlay
278.4 x 149.9 x 5.6 cm
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Fields of Rest by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardFields of Rest, 2013Polaroid, mat, aluminium frame
72 x 102 x 4 cm
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Gates BSC by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardGates BSC, 2013Frottage
243.5 x 123.5 x 4 cm
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Queen City by Cyprien Gaillard contemporary artwork
Cyprien GaillardQueen City, 2012Beer label, archival press photograph, cropping marks
20.5 x 25.5 cm
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Cyprien Gaillard Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Cyprien Gaillard, Reefs to Rigs at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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11 February–31 July 2020 Cyprien Gaillard Reefs to Rigs Sprüth MagersLos Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Cyprien Gaillard, Where Nature Runs Riot  at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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2 May–18 July 2015 Cyprien Gaillard Where Nature Runs Riot Sprüth MagersBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Cyprien Gaillard, From Wings to Fins at Sprüth Magers, London
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15 October–16 November 2013 Cyprien Gaillard From Wings to Fins Sprüth MagersLondon

Cyprien Gaillard Represented By

Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

Cyprien Gaillard In Ocula Magazine

Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week By Robert Ayers, New York

Seasoned visitors to New York City's Armory Show (8–11 March 2018) know that the fair is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer. With so much else to see, here's the lowdown on some of the city's current standout shows. Songs for Sabotage New Museum 13...

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A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin By Rachael Vance, Berlin

The 11th iteration of Gallery Weekend Berlin (1-3 May 2015) further strengthened the German capital’s standing within the contemporary art world. With forty-seven galleries in the official programme hosting new exhibitions, this year’s offering proved May is a particularly good month for art in Berlin. Museums and commercial...

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Cyprien Gaillard In Related Press

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In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate Related Press In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate 19 January 2017, The Art Newspaper

As 2016 drew to a close, we asked Maria Balshaw, the director of Manchester Art Galleries and the Whitworth at the University of Manchester, to pick her highlights of the year. Last week, the news leaked that she will succeed Nicholas Serota as the next director of the Tate. Balshaw is due to take up the post in June, the first woman to fill the...

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Sound and vision as the Hayward Gallery goes off-site Related Press Sound and vision as the Hayward Gallery goes off-site 30 September 2016, Apollo

Contemporary art’s embrace of ‘time-based media’, such as sound and moving image, poses a stark challenge for traditional museum and gallery spaces, which predate such technologies and were designed for a very different kind of experience. Seemingly mundane questions about display, such as how to prevent sound and light...

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'The Infinite Mix' review: contender for show of the year Related Press 'The Infinite Mix' review: contender for show of the year 7 September 2016, Evening Standard

Don’t you wonder sometimes, ’bout sound and vision?” David Bowie, ever the trailblazer, perfectly expressed the impulse behind this show back in 1977. The Infinite Mix, a Hayward Gallery pop-up staged while its South Bank home is being refurbished, features 10 video installations in which artists, mostly from the UK, Europe and...

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Unraveling the Modern Related Press Unraveling the Modern 9 November 2015, Randian

Titling a biennial “Modern Life” is a bold move, but this is what the artistic director of the Lyon Biennale, Thierry Raspail, has chosen to do. The biennial unites 60 artists from 28 countries and shows 300 works across three venues, the Musée d’art contemporain, the Sucrière, an old warehouse, and the modish Musée des...

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