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b. 1955, France

Jean-Luc Moulène Biography

For more than twenty years, Jean-Luc Moulène has developed a complex body of work, both analytical and mysterious, of which photography has long constituted the most visible and best-known part. From the Disjunctions—a series of seemingly banal, frequently urban images that function as indeterminate topographical references at the heart of the real world—to the celebrated Objets de grève (‘Strike objects’: product shots of industrial artefacts made by striking workers, subverting the tools of their trade), Moulène’s photographs are strikingly raw, cruel and uncompromising, but always secretly metaphorical.

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Drawings and sculptural objects have always played a part in his work, but both have assumed greater importance in recent years, superseding photography to become the chief component of Moulène’s most recent, large-scale exhibitions, though the essential spirit driving his distinctive oeuvre remains unchanged. Moulène’s works explore the question of representation in his chosen media, while at the same time drawing on their essential physicality and materiality to engage tirelessly with political, social and ontological issues ‘made flesh’—notably through the concept of ‘transaction’, an economically and sensitively charged term applied to the ongoing transaction between the imagination and reality.

Jean-Luc Moulène's notable exhibitions include More or Less Bone, SculptureCenter, New York, USA (2019); The Secession Knot, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2017); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); Il était une fois, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2015); Documents and Opus (1985–2014), Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany (2015); Jean-Luc Moulène . works, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2013); Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2012); Opus + One, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York, USA (2012); Carré d’art–Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France (2010); Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France (2008); Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (2005); Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2005); CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2004); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland (2003); Le Confort moderne, Poitiers, France (1994).

He also participated in the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2016); Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Etienne, France (2015); Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2011), Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Brazil (2002).

His works have been acquired by numerous institutions, including Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; MoMa, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; MOCA, Los Angeles, USA; Carré d'art, Nîmes, France; MACVAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France; FRAC Ile de France, France.

Text courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (27 June–25 July 2020). Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel. Photo: © Thomas Lannes.

Jean-Luc Moulène Featured Artworks

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L'épouvanté - Fénautrigues, Lot, Fr., été 199 by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneL'épouvanté - Fénautrigues, Lot, Fr., été 199, 2004Cibachrome mounted on aluminium
121 x 151 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
Bloboro (vert) by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneBloboro (vert), 2020Stainless steel, glass
70 x 55 x 55 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
S.T. 014 by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneS.T. 014, 2018Gold leaves and Stabilo ink on panel
61 x 46 x 5.5 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Enquire about this work
Parure 4, Marseille, novembre 2019 by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneParure 4, Marseille, novembre 2019, 2019Bronze and glass
32 x 47 x 42 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Enquire about this work
Gnou - Paris-Bolzano by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneGnou - Paris-Bolzano, 2016Pure white Lasa marble
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
(Pierre percée) percée - Les Arques, Lot, juin by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc Moulène(Pierre percée) percée - Les Arques, Lot, juin, 2008Mechanically bored limestone from Labouissière, metal base, yellow fabric
28 x 44 x 24 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
Drapé nuit - Paris, mars by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneDrapé nuit - Paris, mars, 2009Rubber, epoxy resin
18 x 43 x 35 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery
S.T. 008 by Jean-Luc Moulène contemporary artwork
Jean-Luc MoulèneS.T. 008, 2018Gold leaf, Bic ink on clayboard
61 x 46 x 5.1 cm
Thomas Dane Gallery

Jean-Luc Moulène Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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27 June–25 July 2020 Group Exhibition DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION Galerie Chantal CrouselParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Basel & Paris at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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13–26 June 2020 Group Exhibition Basel & Paris Galerie Chantal CrouselParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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25 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball Galerie Chantal CrouselParis

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Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Paris

Between 2 and 5 July 2020, Paris Gallery Weekend brings together the best of the city's art scene for its seventh edition. This Ocula Lowdown presents a selection of highlights to catch.

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Jean-Luc Moulène In Video & Audio

HAPTIC FEEDBACK at Galerie Thomas Schulte (18 January to 29 February 2020) Related Video & Audio HAPTIC FEEDBACK at Galerie Thomas Schulte (18 January to 29 February 2020) 24 February 2020, Galerie Thomas Schulte

Haptic Feedback is a group exhibition dealing with the changing psychological relationship to physical space and our sense of belonging and touch under the influence of digital technologies. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based artist of the gallery, David Hartt.

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