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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Xavier Veilhan

b. 1963, France

Since the mid-1980s, French artist Xavier Veilhan (born in 1963, living in Paris) has created an acclaimed body of works–sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video and photography–defined by his interest in both the vocabulary of modernity (speed, motion, urban life, etc.) and classical statuary. His work pays tribute to the inventions and inventors of our modern times, through a formal artistic language that mixes the codes of both industry and art.

For Xavier Veilhan, art is 'a vision tool through which we must look in order to understand our past, present, and future'. His exhibitions and in-situ interventions in cities, gardens and houses question our perception by creating an evolving ambulatory space in which the audience becomes an actor. By associating sculpture, scenery, music and living figures, he creates works to create exhibitions. Their aesthetics reveal a continuum of form, contour, fixity and dynamics, that invite the spectator to a new reading of the space and so creating a whole repertory of signs, the theatre of a society.

In 2009, Xavier Veilhan set up the exhibition Veilhan Versailles in the Palace and gardens of Versailles. Between 2012 and 2014, he developed Architectones, a series of interventions in seven major modernist buildings around the world. His interest for architecture was taken to a new level in 2014 when he designed the château de Rentilly. In 2015 he directed two films that extend these spatial explorations: Vent Moderne (La Villette, Paris) and Matching Numbers (3e Scene, Opéra national de Paris). He nourishes his material research with regular musical collaborations with artists like the band Air, musician Sébastien Tellier or pioneer composer Eliane Radigue, for whom he creates in 2013 the performance SYSTEMA OCCAM.

Frequently investing in the public space, Xavier Veilhan has installed sculptures in various cities in France - Bordeaux (Le Lion, 2004), Tours (Le Monstre, 2004), Lyon (Les Habitants, 2006), Paris (Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers, 2013) - as abroad: New York (Jean-Marc, 2012), Shanghai (Alice, 2013), Sweden (Julian, 2014), Seoul (The Skater, 2015).

Xavier Veilhan has been chosen to represent France at the 57th Venice Biennal (May-November 2017) with his immersive musical installation Studio Venezia, curated by Lionel Bovier and Christian Marclay.

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Featured Artworks

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Marc by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanMarc, 2015 Wood
163 x 30 x 25 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Mobile n°8 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanMobile n°8, 2017 Stainless steel, carbon, cork, linen, ink, acrylic paint, varnish
79 x 79 x 75 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Billet Moderniste * by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanBillet Moderniste *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
50 x 70 cm
Perrotin
Mobile n° 27 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanMobile n° 27, 2015 Beech, cork, linen, acrylic paint
76 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Mobile n°2 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanMobile n°2, 2006 50 plastic spheres and matte black painting
420 x 580 cm
Perrotin
Philippe Zdar by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanPhilippe Zdar, 2017 Carbon
230 x 72 cm
Perrotin
Swizz Beatz by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanSwizz Beatz, 2018 Carbon, plywood
200 x 43 cm
Perrotin
Mobile n°16 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork Xavier VeilhanMobile n°16, 2016 Carbon, cork, acrylic paint, linen, stainless steel and wood
160.5 x 90 x 54.2 cm
Perrotin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Gallery Highlights at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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21 July–8 September 2018 Group Exhibition Summer Gallery Highlights Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Xavier Veilhan, Flying V at Perrotin, Paris
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7–23 September 2017 Xavier Veilhan Flying V Perrotin, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, O Corpo e a Obra de Arte (The Body and the Work of Art) at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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20 February–26 March 2016 Group Exhibition O Corpo e a Obra de Arte (The Body and the Work of Art) Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

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Monument man: Xavier Veilhan on dissolving identity in his latest exhibition Related Press Monument man: Xavier Veilhan on dissolving identity in his latest exhibition Wallpaper* : 13 September 2017

Among Xavier Veilhan's seventh solo exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin are two faceted, larger-than-life, stainless steel sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. The pair were forged in 2013 but completed in 2017 – their forms date back to 2009 when Veilhan exhibited a series of architects at the Château de Versailles, with Jean Nouvel, and...

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Venice Biennale 2017: the top ten pavilions, from colossal sculptures to dystopian visions Related Press Venice Biennale 2017: the top ten pavilions, from colossal sculptures to dystopian visions Wallpaper* : 1 June 2017

There is no escaping life's big themes—the migration crisis, identity politics, populism, an uncertain future—at this year's Venice Biennale. This, the 57th edition, is curated by the Pompidou Centre's Christine Macel, under the title 'Long Live Art', and most countries have used their pavilions to remind us that the world needs our...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Whitewall : 11 May 2017

JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a ForestTakahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the perception of...

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Art of noise: Xavier Veilhan’s live sound experiment hits all the high notes in Venice Related Press Art of noise: Xavier Veilhan’s live sound experiment hits all the high notes in Venice Wallpaper* : 11 May 2017

If Xavier Veilhan's diverse artistic record is anything to go by, his offering at this year's Venice Biennale could cover pretty much anything—from film, to sculpture to architectural installation. As it happens, it reaches into an area few could have anticipated. Overseen by similarly pioneering curators Christian Marclay and Lionel Bovier,...

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Xavier Veilhan 'Flying V', Perrotin Paris Related Video & Audio Xavier Veilhan 'Flying V', Perrotin Paris Perrotin : 5 December 2017

Xavier VeilhanFlying V7–23 December, 2017Perrotin, ParisRéalisation Nikolaï Saoulski © 2017

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