Thierry Raspail

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Thierry Raspail has been Director of the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art since its creation. On arriving in Lyon in 1984, he initiated a museum project unique in France, based on the principle of a collection of exhibitions that are moments composed of "generic artworks". These works, most of them monumental, form the core of the museum. They are by artists including Joseph Kosuth, John Baldessari, Robert Morris, Daniel Buren, Robert Filliou, Ilya Kabakov, George Brecht, Terry Riley and La Monte Young.

In 1991 Thierry Raspail founded the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, and has since been its Artistic Director, working with curators such as Harald Szeemann, Jean-Hubert Martin, Le Consortium, Jerome Sans, Nicolas Bourriaud, Stephanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and now, in 2009, Hou Hanru.

Thierry Raspail has also curated many influential exhibitions and monographs: "Colour Alone: the Experience of Monochrome" (with Maurice Besset), Ed Ruscha, Dan Flavin, James Turrell, Robert Morris, Sarkis, Andy Warhol, Kader Attia, Fabien Verschaere, Keith Haring, Jean-Luc Mylayne and Alan Vega.

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Thierry Raspail is the Artistic Director of the Biennale de Lyon

10th Biennale de Lyon
16 September 2009 - 3 January 2010
Lyon, France


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