Cyprien Gaillard

French, b. 1980

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Cyprien Gaillard

French, b. 1980

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Cyprien Gaillard makes work about the intersection of history and nature, and humankind’s relationship to both. Gaillard is particularly attracted to dereliction: “I’m interested in things failing, in the beauty of failure, and the fall in general.” This means that he not only finds ruins, but also induces them: in his “Real Remnants of Fictive Wars” series (2003-08), he activated industrial fire extinguishers on select Land Art sites and documented the performances. His work spans many media—including photography, installation, etching, painting, sculpture, performance, and public interventions—and is almost always made outside the walls of a studio. He also has employed his iPhone to shoot films, which are then transferred to 35mm. Many of Gaillard’s works deal with the cyclical nature of time. Gaillard was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2010.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Biography

Cyprien Gaillard makes work about the intersection of history and nature, and humankind’s relationship to both. Gaillard is particularly attracted to dereliction: “I’m interested in things failing, in the beauty of failure, and the fall in general.” This means that he not only finds ruins, but also induces them: in his “Real Remnants of Fictive Wars” series (2003-08), he activated industrial fire extinguishers on select Land Art sites and documented the performances. His work spans many media—including photography, installation, etching, painting, sculpture, performance, and public interventions—and is almost always made outside the walls of a studio. He also has employed his iPhone to shoot films, which are then transferred to 35mm. Many of Gaillard’s works deal with the cyclical nature of time. Gaillard was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2010.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Cyprien Gaillard
Why Video Is the Art Form of the Moment
Nov 27th, 2019
Why Video Is the Art Form of the Moment
A High-Tech Exhibition Takes Over an Abandoned Office Space in London
Sep 14th, 2016
A High-Tech Exhibition Takes Over an Abandoned Office Space in London
Hot Artists Under 35 at Art Brussels
Apr 23rd, 2014
Hot Artists Under 35 at Art Brussels
Cyprien Gaillard Brings Darkness to Frieze London
Oct 12th, 2013
Cyprien Gaillard Brings Darkness to Frieze London
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