Sophie Calle, ‘Torero’, 2002, Perrotin
Sophie Calle, ‘Torero’, 2002, Perrotin
Sophie Calle, ‘Torero’, 2002, Perrotin

The surgeon’s report said, “ His heart was split in two, like a book. “ Decorum dictated that I stay away from his funeral. His ashes were scattered, and with them my grief. I made him an ephemeral memorial, a marble plate resting on the sand of the bullring of Seville, on the spot where he died, May 1st, 1992, at 6:45 in the afternoon, his heart impaled on a horn.

Sur le rapport du chirurgien, on pouvait lire : “son cœur était ouvert en deux comme un livre.” Les convenances m’écartaient de ses funérailles. Ses cendres furent dispersées. Mon deuil était désincarné. Je lui ai fait une sépulture éphémère, une plaque de marbre posée sur le sol des arènes de Séville, à l’endroit précis où il est mort, le 1er mai 1992, à dix-huit heures quarante-cinq, une corne en plein cœur.

Series: 3/5 ENG

Expositions de la série des Autobiographies:
2009 Palais des Beaux-Arts , Bruxelles
2006 "True stories", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Miami
2002 Sprengel Museum, Hannover
1996 Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1991 Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris

About Sophie Calle

A controversial figure as well as one of France’s leading conceptual artists, Sophie Calle explores her own psychological and emotional terrain in multimedia works, probing ideas of control, freedom, gender, intimacy, and distance in human relationships. Perhaps her most contentious work, Address Book (1983) was inspired by an address book that Calle found on the street, photographed, and sent back to its owner. She then rang the numbers in the book to assemble a portrait of the owner, turning the results into a multimedia installation. For Take Care of Yourself (2007), which was exhibited in the French pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Calle invited 107 women from various walks of life to interpret and assess a breakup note the artist received in an email. In a range of media including photographic portraits, textual analysis, and filmed performances, women pore over the emotional content of the email; contributions include a clairvoyant’s response, a scientific study, and a child’s fairytale.

French, b. 1953, Paris, France, based in Malakoff, France

Group Shows

New York,
Perrotin Bookstore NYC
Casa Tre Oci, 
Venice, Italy,
Sguardo Di Donna, La Passione e il Corragio [The Female Gaze — The Passion and the Courage]
GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, 
Kutna Hora, Czechia,
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy)
Berlinische Galerien - Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, 
Berlin, Germany,
Berlin 89/90 – Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie
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