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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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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Móbile nº 9 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMóbile nº 9, 2019 Carbon
212 x 169 x 169 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Marc by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMarc, 2019 Aluminium-filled polyurethane resin, plywood, acrylic paint
172 x 62 x 36 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
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
Not For Sale
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
Swizz Beatz by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanSwizz Beatz, 2018 Carbon, plywood
200 x 43 cm
Perrotin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Xavier Veilhan, Channel Orange at Perrotin, Shanghai
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5 June–17 August 2019 Xavier Veilhan Channel Orange Perrotin, Shanghai
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

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 ARTnews : 7 June 2019

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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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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In Video & Audio

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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