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Jean-Pierre Raynaud

French, b. 1939

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Jean-Pierre Raynaud

French, b. 1939

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Since 1962, when he filled a flowerpot with cement, declared it art, and quit his gardening job, Jean-Pierre Raynaud has been transforming everyday objects into charged symbols of such universal and fraught human experiences as loneliness, illness, death, nationalism, belief, war, disaster, and belonging. He had his first exhibition in 1964, an installation of his “Psycho-objects” (1964-68), pieces of luggage, photographs of mentally disturbed patients, hospital objects, and his ever-present flowerpots, which evoked the death of Modernism and ferment of contemporary life. With their bold, often primary colors and mass-market references, his sculptures and installations align with Pop art. Among Raynaud’s best-known projects is La Maison (Home) (1968-93), a 25-year endeavor in which he covered every surface of his own home with pristine white, gridded tiles, eventually demolishing the structure and displaying its rubble in hundreds of identical flowerpots.

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MCA Chicago
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Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

Since 1962, when he filled a flowerpot with cement, declared it art, and quit his gardening job, Jean-Pierre Raynaud has been transforming everyday objects into charged symbols of such universal and fraught human experiences as loneliness, illness, death, nationalism, belief, war, disaster, and belonging. He had his first exhibition in 1964, an installation of his “Psycho-objects” (1964-68), pieces of luggage, photographs of mentally disturbed patients, hospital objects, and his ever-present flowerpots, which evoked the death of Modernism and ferment of contemporary life. With their bold, often primary colors and mass-market references, his sculptures and installations align with Pop art. Among Raynaud’s best-known projects is La Maison (Home) (1968-93), a 25-year endeavor in which he covered every surface of his own home with pristine white, gridded tiles, eventually demolishing the structure and displaying its rubble in hundreds of identical flowerpots.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more