Mathieu Mercier

Exhibitions

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Portrait

Lamps, furniture, bicycles, letter presses, museum pedestals: Mathieu Mercier’s artistic output moves back and forth in a masterly manner between the categories of art and everyday culture. Situated within the dynamic field of architecture, design, and the visual arts, it reflects upon the fundamental ideas of Western culture in the twentieth century, especially the concept of Modernism.

Again and again, he refers back to the artistic avant-garde, to heroes such as Marcel Duchamp or Piet Mondrian, and establishes connections with their gestures and pictorial inventions by means of deliberate displacements of apparently ordinary objects from the contemporary world. In a permanent exchange between high and low, Mercier enigmatically poses the question as to the status of objects oscillating between functionality and artistic freedom from practical utilization when, for example, he takes pipes intended for construction purposes and converts them into benches, or transforms sporting equipment into monstrous light fixtures.

Mathieu Mercier was born in 1970 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France and lives and works in Paris. His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions and have been exhibited in leading museums around the world since the late 1990s. Mathieu Mercier received outstanding recognition in 2003 with the presentation of the

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Biography

Born 1970 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Lives and works in Paris, France

Education

1997
Post graduation, Nantes, France
1995
Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
1989-94
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges, France

Selected Solo Shows

2019
“Une exposition de Mercier et Olislaeger", Musée des arts et métiers, Paris, France
“Pièce unique I Mathieu Mercier", Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
2018
“La Case depart”, Le Portique, Espace d’art contemporain, Le Havre, France
“DiagraMM”, galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
“One Or Two Abstractions”, Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
“Mathieu Mercier” (with Bertrand Lavier), Galerie Massimo Minini Brescia, Italy
2017
"Neither/Nor", Osmos, New York, USA
2016
"Peintures et Aquarelles", galerie lange + pult, Auvernier, Switzerland
2015
"Point Barre", galerie Lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
"Diamants 2015", Skylight at Moynihan Station, New York, USA
"More functions in the options", Mehdi Chouakri Gallery, Berlin, Germany
"Mathieu Mercier", Espace pour l’Art Gallery, Arles, France