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b. 1963, France

Xavier Veilhan Biography

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.

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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.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

Xavier Veilhan Featured Artworks

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Cedar by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanCedar, 2015Cedar, beech plywood, steel, 55 pieces of cut cedar tree
Andréhn-Schiptjenko Contact Gallery
Yi by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanYi, 2019Carbon
75 x 65 x 25 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Romy by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanRomy, 2019Mirror-polished stainless steel
60 x 46 x 3 cm
Andréhn-Schiptjenko Contact Gallery
Móbile nº 9 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMóbile nº 9, 2019Carbon
212 x 169 x 169 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Marc by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMarc, 2019Aluminium-filled polyurethane resin, plywood, acrylic paint
172 x 62 x 36 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Mobile n°2 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMobile n°2, 200650 plastic spheres and matte black painting
420 x 580 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Mobile n°16 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanMobile n°16, 2016Carbon, cork, acrylic paint, linen, stainless steel and wood
160.5 x 90 x 54.2 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Stabile n°1 by Xavier Veilhan contemporary artwork
Xavier VeilhanStabile n°1, 2015Wood, carbon, painting
262 x 85 x 75 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery

Xavier Veilhan Recent Exhibitions

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Xavier Veilhan Represented By

Andréhn-Schiptjenko contemporary art gallery in Stockholm, Sweden Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm, Paris
Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

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Xavier Veilhan In Related Press

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

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 13 September 2017, Wallpaper*

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 1 June 2017, Wallpaper*

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 11 May 2017, Whitewall

JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest Takahiro 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...

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