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Nicolas Bourriaud

Artistic Director of the 15th Gwangju Biennale 2024

Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is a curator and writer. He founded and codirected the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (1999 -2006), was the founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev (2003-2007), professor at the IUAV in Venice (2006-2007), Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London (2007-2010), In 2010, he headed the studies department at the Ministry of culture in France, then became Director of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts de Paris (2011-2015). Between 2015 and 2021, he founded and directed MO.CO- Montpellier Contemporain (gathering the art center La Panacée, the ESBAMA art school and Hotel des Collections). He recently founded Radicants, a curatorial cooperative producing exhibitions worldwide.

As an independant curator, he was part of the curatorial team of Aperto 1993 at the Venice Biennial, and organized many international exhibitions, from Traffic (Capc Bordeaux, 1996), Estratos (Murcia, Spain, 2008), Altermodern (Tate Britain, 2009), Wirikuta/ Mexican time slip (Aguascalientes, Mexico, 2016), and more recently Planet B. Climate change and the new sublime (Venice, 2022).

He also curated several biennials, including Lyon (2005), Moscow (2005 and 2007), Monodrome (Athens, 2011), The Great Acceleration (Taipei Biennial 2014), Threads (Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, 2015), The 7th continent (Istanbul Biennial 2019).

Curated Exhibitions
(selection)

  • Unmoving short movies (Venice Biennale, 1990)
  • The new french scene (Sorak International biennial, 1995)
  • Traffic (Capc Bordeaux, 1996)
  • Joint Ventures (Basilico gallery, New York, 1996)
  • Le Capital (CRAC Sete, 1999)
  • Contacts (Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2000)
  • Touch (San Francisco Art Institute, 2002)
  • GNS / Global Navigation System (Palais de Tokyo, 2003)
  • Playlist (Palais de Tokyo, 2004)
  • Are you Experienced ? (Pescara, Budapest, Bucharest, 2006-2007)
  • Estratos, Murcia (2008)
  • Altermodern(Tate Triennial, London, 2009)
  • The Angel of History(Palais des Beaux-arts, 2013)
  • CookBook (Palais des Beaux-arts, 2013)
  • The Great Acceleration / Art in the Anthropocene (Taipei Biennial, 2014)
  • Threads : A Fantasmagoria about distance (Kaunas Biennial, 2015)
  • Wirikuta, a mexican time slip (MECA Aguascalientes, Mexico 2016)
  • Back to Mulholland Drive (La Panacée, Montpellier, 2017)
  • Crash Test (MO.CO Panacée, 2018)
  • Tala Madani (Panacée, 2017)
  • John Bock (Panacée, 2017)
  • Wim Delvoye: drawings
  • Bob & Roberta Smith (2017)
  • Crash Test (MO.CO Panacée, 2018)
  • Pope L., One thing after another. (2018)
  • Haegue Yang, chronotopical pathway. (2018)
  • Jacques Charlier : rétrospective.
  • Saâdane Afif: Là-bas. (2018)
  • Erik Dietman: rétrospective. (2018)
  • 100 Artists in the city, outdoor exhibition, (Montpellier,2019)
  • Ambera Wellmann, (MO.CO Panacée, 2019)
  • The 7th continent (Istanbul Biennial, 2019)
  • 00’s. The 2000’s in Cranford collection (2020)
  • Mecarô. Amazonia in Catherine Petitgas’ collection, MO.CO (2021)
  • Cosmogonies. Zinsou, an african collection. (2021)
  • Marylin Minter / Betty Tompkins (2021)
  • Max Hooper Schneider (2022, with Anya Harrison)
  • Planet B. Climate change and the new sublime (Palazzo Bolloni, Venice, 2022)


Books:

  • Relational Aesthetics (1998)
  • Formes de vie. L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (1999)
  • Postproduction (2002)
  • Radicant. Towards an aesthetics of globalization (2009)
  • The Exform (2015)
  • Inclusions: Aesthetics of the Capitalocene (2020)

(From press information.
© Photo: Sergio Rosales Medina, Courtesy of Gwangju Biennale)


15th Gwangju Biennale

7 September - 1 December 2024

Gwangju, Republic of Korea

Title: PANSORI - a soundscape of the 21st century

Artistic Director: Nicolas Bourriaud

73 artists - see the list

Venues: Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, and diverse locations featuring City Projects, and the Gwangju Biennale Pavilion

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