Francis Alÿs

Belgian, b. 1959

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Francis Alÿs

Belgian, b. 1959

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Conceptual artist Francis Alÿs brings a distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility to observations of, and engagements with, both everyday life and politicized situations. In Alÿs's wide range of projects and interventions, he has taken a roundabout trip threading the United States-Mexico border—traveling from Tijuana to Australia, up the Pacific Rim to Alaska, and finally to California—to highlight the increasing obstacles imposed along the border (The Loop, 1997); pushed a melting block of ice through city streets (Paradox of Practice 1 (Sometimes Doing Something Leads to Nothing), 1997); hired sign painters to make copies of his works (Untitled (Sign Painting Project), 1993-1997); filmed an attempt to enter the center of a tornado (Tornado, 2000-2010); trailed a leaking can of paint along the Israel-Palestine border (The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), 2005); and orchestrated hundreds of volunteers to move a sand dune (When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002).

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 7 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 10 more
Biography

Conceptual artist Francis Alÿs brings a distinct poetic and imaginative sensibility to observations of, and engagements with, both everyday life and politicized situations. In Alÿs's wide range of projects and interventions, he has taken a roundabout trip threading the United States-Mexico border—traveling from Tijuana to Australia, up the Pacific Rim to Alaska, and finally to California—to highlight the increasing obstacles imposed along the border (The Loop, 1997); pushed a melting block of ice through city streets (Paradox of Practice 1 (Sometimes Doing Something Leads to Nothing), 1997); hired sign painters to make copies of his works (Untitled (Sign Painting Project), 1993-1997); filmed an attempt to enter the center of a tornado (Tornado, 2000-2010); trailed a leaking can of paint along the Israel-Palestine border (The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic), 2005); and orchestrated hundreds of volunteers to move a sand dune (When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002).

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 13 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 7 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 10 more
Articles Featuring Francis Alÿs
When Performance Art Takes to the Street, the Results Are Moving
Apr 8th, 2019
What Happened When Francis Alÿs Went to the Front Lines in Iraq
May 16th, 2017
Brazil’s Fraught Political Climate Surfaces in the São Paulo Biennial
Sep 9th, 2016
The Istanbul Biennial Exposes Contradictions in the Human Condition
Sep 9th, 2015
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