Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard

 

Cyprien Gaillard (*1980) works across a range of media including film, video, photography, collage, installation and live performance.  His extraordinary cosmos gives new form to such phenomena as civilizational upheaval and geological time. Concerned with the wreckage of modernity and the intersections between human artefacts, urban geography and psychology, the New York and Berlin-based artist’s work embraces a poetry of entropy that rearranges history to shed new light on the present.

 

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Many of Gaillard’s works combine disparate landscapes or architectures from different times and spaces to reveal unexpected correlations. His six-part 35mm film and photo series Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (2003–08) captures slow-moving fire extinguisher emissions engulfing urban sites and monuments including Robert Smithson’s legendary Spiral Jetty (1970). Sculptural interventions have involved his excavation of a buried German military bunker on the Dutch coast to make it accessible to visitors, or threading scrapped excavator shovels with smooth, minimal rods made of such millennia-old geological materials as onyx and calcite (2013). Gaillard’s social sculpture The Recovery of Discovery (2011) encouraged Berlin museum-goers to sit on a high pyramid of boxes filled with Turkish-brewed Efes beer and demolish it in a weeks-long binge drinking session—a gesture evoking the trauma of colonization and cultural asset appropriation that echoes in many museum artifacts. Polaroid photo series including Fields of Rest (2009), Geographical Analogies (2009), and Sober City (2015) juxtapose pictures of historical and modern ruins, or superimpose shots of New York City with crystalline images of an amethyst. Gaillard’s use of the fleeting Polaroid photograph is by no means incidental, and not only because the obsolete analogue technology is a kind of relic in its own right. The medium’s environmental wastefulness amounts to a kind of “entropy accelerator” and its inferior light stability causes the photo to fade over time.

Complex video and film works including Desniansky Raion (2007), Pruitt-Igoe Falls (2009), Cities of Gold and Mirrors (2009), Koe (2015), Nightlife (2015) or Ocean II Ocean (2019) form the gravitational center of Gaillard’s oeuvre. Video footage showing the controlled demolition of modern residential and office blocks is intercut with nighttime footage of Niagara Falls. Russian hooligans brawl in front of high-rise housing projects for the “New Soviet man.” American college students swig tequila in front of brutalist, pyramidal hotels in the Mexican city of Cancún while the ritual dance of a gang from L.A. is performed in a real Mayan ruin a few meters away. Swarms of tropical ring-necked parakeets, an invasive species, fly through a Düsseldorf shopping promenade. Fireworks explode over the Nazi-built Olympiastadion in Berlin; a Cleveland oak tree planted by the legendary black Olympic champion Jesse Owens comes into view; in Los Angeles, so-called Hollywood Junipers, a tree species originally from Asia, whip and sway in a slow-motion storm. Disused New York City subway cars tossed into the sea teem with sea anemones, corals and fish, finding a counterpoint in the fossil-encrusted geological rock strata of subway station walls in Moscow.

The seductive audiovisual language of Gaillard’s films recalls the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Romantic aesthetic tradition of seeking the sublime in images of ruins, catastrophes and topographical extremes. Yet his works can also be read as socio-critical analyses of colonialism, of the failed social aspirations of modernist architecture and the fluid nature of capital in the age of tourism and gentrification. Or as a meditation on how quickly we forget that all societies will eventually perish, one civilization ineluctably yielding to another.

 

Works
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
HD Video, color, sound
10:56 min

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Overburden, 2020

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Aluminum honeycomb and limestone with stainless steel inlay
278.4 × 149.9 × 5.6 cm
109 5/8 × 59 × 2 3/16 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
Excavator head and banded calcite
150 × 200 × 170 cm
59 × 78 3/4 × 67 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
Queen City, 2012

Cyprien Gaillard
Queen City, 2012
Beer label on original press photograph with cropping marks
17.8 × 23 cm
7 × 9 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016

Cyprien Gaillard
GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016
Graphite on paper
152 × 152 cm
59 7/8 × 59 7/8 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
HD Video, color, no sound
4:17 min

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Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Holographic LED-Display, stainless steel base
156 × 75 × 24 cm
61 3/8 × 29 1/2 × 9 1/2 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
View of Sighthill Cemetery, 2008

Cyprien Gaillard
View of Sighthill Cemetery, 2008
C-print, mounted on acrylic glass
211 × 170 cm
83 × 67 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007
Video, color, sound
30:00 min

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Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian, Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 2011

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
, 2011
Neon tubes, steel construction
approx.1000 x 800 x 400 cm
approx. 393 3/4 x 315 x 157 1/2 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
16 mm film, color, sound
8:52 min

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Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Aluminum honeycomb and limestone with stainless steel inlay
304.8 × 150 × 5.7 cm
120 × 59 1/16 × 2 1/4 inches

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Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard
The Recovery of Discovery, 2011

Cyprien Gaillard
The Recovery of Discovery, 2011
Efes beer crates
Dimensions variable

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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
HD Video, color, sound
10:56 min

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean, 2019
May you live in interesting times, installation view, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019

Cyprien Gaillard
Ocean II Ocean
Installation view: 'May you live in interesting times', 58th Venice Biennial, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Aluminum honeycomb and limestone with stainless steel inlay
278.4 × 149.9 × 5.6 cm
109 5/8 × 59 × 2 3/16 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
Excavator head and banded calcite
150 × 200 × 170 cm
59 × 78 3/4 × 67 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
Cyprien Gaillard
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Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
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Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013 (detail)

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Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
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Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
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Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
Fiji Bar-Winged Thrasher, 2013
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Cyprien Gaillard
Queen City, 2012
Beer label on original press photograph with cropping marks
17.8 × 23 cm
7 × 9 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Queen City, 2012
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Queen City, 2012

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Queen City, 2012
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Cyprien Gaillard
GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016
Graphite on paper
152 × 152 cm
59 7/8 × 59 7/8 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016 (detail)

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GATE (GATE DETROIT WATER WORKS), 2016
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
HD Video, color, no sound
4:17 min

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015 (film still)

Cyprien Gaillard
KOE, 2015
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Holographic LED-Display, stainless steel base
156 × 75 × 24 cm
61 3/8 × 29 1/2 × 9 1/2 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung)
Installation view: 'May you live in interesting times', 58th Venice Biennial, 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019 (detail)

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
May you live in interesting times, installation view, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019

Cyprien Gaillard
L'Ange du foyer (Vierte Fassung), 2019
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
View of Sighthill Cemetery, 2008
C-print, mounted on acrylic glass
211 × 170 cm
83 × 67 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
View of Sighthill Cemetery, 2008
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007
Video, color, sound
30:00 min

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007 (film still)

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Desniansky Raion, 2007
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007 (film still)

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Desniansky Raion, 2007
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Desniansky Raion, 2007 (film still)

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Desniansky Raion, 2007
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Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
, 2011
Neon tubes, steel construction
approx.1000 x 800 x 400 cm
approx. 393 3/4 x 315 x 157 1/2 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian, Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 2011
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
, 2011 (installation view)

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian, Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 2011
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
, 2011 (installation view)

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian, Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 2011
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian
Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin
, 2011 (installation view)

Cyprien Gaillard
Neon Indian, Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 2011
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
16 mm film, color, sound
8:52 min

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009 (film still)

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Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009 (film still)

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Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009 (film still)

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Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Aluminum honeycomb and limestone with stainless steel inlay
304.8 × 150 × 5.7 cm
120 × 59 1/16 × 2 1/4 inches

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020
Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
Overburden, 2020 (detail)

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Overburden, 2020
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Cyprien Gaillard
The Recovery of Discovery, 2011
Efes beer crates
Dimensions variable

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The Recovery of Discovery, 2011
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The Recovery of Discovery, 2011 (installation view)

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The Recovery of Discovery, 2011
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Current and Upcoming

The Penumbral Age. Land art in the face of the climate crisis 1969-2019
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw
June 5–September 27, 2020

In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), exhibitions, events and talks are subject to change

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to the exhibition The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change, where we present artistic works from the last five decades, based on observations and visualizations of the changes underway on planet Earth. It provides a space for discussion on “managing the irreversible” and new forms of solidarity, empathy and togetherness in the face of the climate crisis.

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Cyprien Gaillard
Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars V, 2004 (film still)

Magical Soup: Medienkunstwerke aus der Sammlung der Nationalgalerie, der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection und Leihgaben
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
September 6, 2020–January 1, 2021

In light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), exhibitions, events and talks are subject to change

Spaciously presented across more than 2,000 square metres in Hamburger Bahnhof’s Rieckhallen, the group exhibition Magical Soup features key works complemented by loans representing the latest generation of artists, with a common point of departure being the nexus of sound, image and social space.

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Cyprien Gaillard, Artefacts, 2011 (film still)
Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
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Cyprien Gaillard
Reefs to Rigs
February 11–July 24, 2020
Los Angeles

Reefs to Rigs is an exhibition of new sculptures and photographs by Cyprien Gaillard, as well as his most recent film, in a presentation that connects with the Los Angeles gallery’s particular site above a future LA Metro station and across from the La Brea Tar Pits. At this intersection of urban infrastructure and prehistoric matter, Gaillard’s works emphasize the cyclical, era-spanning interactions between nature and human industry, made visible and palpable through materials encountered across the world.

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Cyprien Gaillard
Where Nature Runs Riot
May 2–July 16, 2015
Berlin

At the core of Cyprien Gaillard’s exhibition Where Nature Runs Riot is Nightlife (2015), a major new film shot at night over the past two years in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin.

Nightlife begins with a shot of a rippling form that looks as if it were carved from the very light of the projection. As the camera pans to the right to reveal a pitted surface of greenish bronze, one of the most iconic sculptures of the twentieth century slowly fills the frame: Rodin’s The Thinker. This particular cast, one of the few overseen by Rodin himself, is in the forecourt of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Cyprien Gaillard, Morris Louis
From Wings to Fins
October 15–November 16, 2013
London

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are delighted to announce From Wings to Fins, an exhibition of Color Field paintings by Morris Louis and new work by Cyprien Gaillard. While discussing his earliest body of work with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gaillard remarked that his process involves going ‘deeper into the crevice of negativity or failure to rise again somehow’. Gaillard travels in search of everything from overlooked corners of the landscape to colossal ruins, sites of potent desolation that he re-imagines as haunting objects.

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Rethinking Location
Rosa Barba, Cyprien Gaillard, Andreas Hofer, David Maljkovic, Trevor Paglen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Sterling Ruby, Paul Sietsema, Taryn Simon, Armando Andrade Tudela, Andro Wekua
May 1–June 21, 2010
Berlin

Evolving from the work of twelve conceptual artists, filmmakers and photographers presenting alternate interpretations of fictional geographies, imaginary sites and "mash-up" destinations, the exhibition Rethinking Location reconsiders the notion of location. In an era characterized by a rapidly changing perception of time and space due to ever increasing mobility, migration and globalization, our understanding of what a location is has significantly transformed.

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Cyprien Gaillard

Cyprien Gaillard
November 20, 2009–January 16, 2010
Berlin

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are delighted to present the first solo exhibition by French artist Cyprien Gaillard in Berlin. The exhibition comprises the 16mm film ‘Cities of Gold and Mirrors’ (2009) and the photographic works ‘Geographical Analogies’ (2006-2009) which show contemporary landscapes as complex sites of loss and potential, manifested through architecture, monuments and history.

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Biography

Cyprien Gaillard (*1980, Paris) lives and works in Berlin and New York. Selected solo exhibitions include: TANK Shanghai (2019), Accelerator Konsthall, Stockholm (2019), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2019), K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2016), Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf (2015), MoMA PS1, New York (2013), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2012), Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011), and Kunsthalle Basel (2010). Signifant group exhibitions include the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Cleveland Triennial (2018), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018), ARoS Triennial, Aarhus (2017), The Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2017), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2017), Hayward Gallery, London (2016), 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Gwangju Biennal (2010) and 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).

Education
2005 L'École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL)
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2010 The Marcel Duchamp Prize
Public Collections
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
ARKEN Museum
Collection Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
CNAP, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
Colección Jumex, Mexico City
David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon
FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims
Fondation Pinault
GAM, Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Turin
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf
Lafayette Anticipation - Fond de la Famille Moulin, Paris
Museum für Moderne Kunst MMK, Frankfurt
Museum Bojmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Korea, Seoul
National Museum, Osaka
Regione Piemonte, Turin
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem