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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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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
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
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
Marine by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMarine, 2013 Aluminium, polyurethane varnish
170 x 62 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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