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Agnès Thurnauer


Biography

Franco-swiss artist, born in 1962 in Paris (France).
Lives and works in Paris (France)

Through her paintings, sculptures, and installations Agnès Thurnauer focuses her practice around language. Thus, writing is often present in her pictorial praxis leading the viewer to emancipate endlessly of his own reading. This plastic quality of language can be experienced with her three dimensions sculptures made of casts of letters on different scales letting the gaze and the body involved. For Agnès Thurnauer, the relation with artworks induces reciprocity. If artworks reads the world, it is up to everyone to make our own reading. This shared language is at the core of our society and gives art a powerful poetic and political function.

 


Agnès Thurnauer's work was revealed to the public by a solo show at the Palais de Tokyo in 2003. Since then, she has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; Angers Museum of Fine Arts ; Unterlinden Museum (Colmar) and at the Château de Montsoreau-Collection Philippe Méaille, among many other venues.
She has also shown her work in Belgium at the SMAK (Ghent) ; in the United States at the Seattle Art Museum and the Edgewood Gallery (Yale), in Brazil at the CCBB (Rio) and in many biennials and art centres: the Lyon Biennale, the Cambridge Biennial, the Kunsthalle Bratislava, and the Yermilov center Kharkiev ...

In 2020, Agnès Thurnauer set up a permanent work, the Matrices Chromatiques, at the Musée de l'Orangerie. In September 2021, she has installed a major public commission from the French Ministry of Culture in Ivry-sur-Seine.
In 2022, she will have 4 monographic exhibitions, including the Lam museum in Villeneuve d'Asq and the Matisse museum in Nice.
A new monographic book will be published by JRP Ringer with essays from Cécile Debray, Dean Daderko and Elisabeth Lebovici.

Agnès Thurnauer works regularly with writers, philosophers and poets for publications and artist's books (Michèle Cohen-Halimi, Tiphaine Samoyault, Rod Mengham, Anne Portugal, Francis Cohen...)

Her works joined many private and public collections (Centre Georges-Pompidou, Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes, Musée des Beaux-arts d'Angers, musée d'Unterlinden, FMAC, FRAC Bretagne, FRAC Auvergne, FRAC Ile de France...).

SHORT BIOGRAPHY:


Franco-swiss artist, b. 1962, lives and works in Paris.

Through her paintings, sculptures, and installations Agnès Thurnauer focuses her practice around language. Thus, writing is often present in her pictorial praxis leading the viewer to emancipate endlessly of his own reading. For Agnès Thurnauer, the relation with artworks induces reciprocity. If artworks reads the world, it is up to everyone to make our own reading. This shared language is at the core of our society and gives art a powerful poetic and political function.

Agnès Thurnauer's work was revealed to the public by a solo show at the Palais de Tokyo in 2003. Since then, she has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; Angers Museum of Fine Arts ; Unterlinden Museum (Colmar) and at the Château de Montsoreau-Collection Philippe Méaille, among many other venues.

She has also shown her work in Belgium at the SMAK (Ghent) ; United States at the Seattle Art Museum and the Edgewood Gallery (Yale) ; CCBB (Rio) ; Lyon Biennale ; Cambridge Biennial ; Kunsthalle Bratislava ; Yermilov center Kharkiev.

In 2020, Agnès Thurnauer set up a permanent work, the Matrices Chromatiques, at the Musée de l'Orangerie. In 2021, she installed a major public commission from the French Ministry of Culture in Ivry-sur-Seine.
In 2022, she has 4 monographic exhibitions, including the Lam museum (Villeneuve d'Asq) and the Matisse museum (Nice). A monographic book will be published by JRP Ringer with essays from Cécile Debray, Dean Daderko and Elisabeth Lebovici.

Agnès Thurnauer works regularly with writers, philosophers and poets for publications and artists' books (Michèle Cohen-Halimi, Tiphaine Samoyault, Rod Mengham, Anne Portugal, Francis Cohen...)

Her works joined many private and public collections as Centre Pompidou ; Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes ; Musée des Beaux-arts d'Angers ; Musée d'Unterlinden ; FMAC ; FRAC (Bretagne, Auvergne, Ile de France).


Selected works

Prédelle (crossing), Agnès Thurnauer
Matrices/Assises (XXY), Agnès Thurnauer
Créolisation interne #4, Agnès Thurnauer
Créolisation interne #2, Agnès Thurnauer
Prédelle (may be), Agnès Thurnauer
Prédelle (may be), Agnès Thurnauer
Prédelle (Alphabet), Agnès Thurnauer
Prédelle (brouhaha), Agnès Thurnauer
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Museum exhibitions

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles

Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles

Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles

Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles

Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur

Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur

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Agnès Thurnauer -

A comme Boa (cur. Sebastien Delot & Grégoire Prangé), LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 2022, ph: Nicolas DeWitte

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A comme Boa (cur. Sebastien Delot & Grégoire Prangé), LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 2022, ph: Nicolas DeWitte

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A comme Boa (cur. Sebastien Delot & Grégoire Prangé), LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 2022, ph: Nicolas DeWitte

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A comme Boa (cur. Sebastien Delot & Grégoire Prangé), LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 2022, ph: Nicolas DeWitte

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A comme Boa (cur. Sebastien Delot & Grégoire Prangé), LaM, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Lille Metropole, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 2022, ph: Nicolas DeWitte

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Hahaha. L'humour de l'art, Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles, Belgique, 2021

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Hahaha. L'humour de l'art, Kanal - Centre Pompidou x ING Art Center, Bruxelles, Belgique, 2021

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Rrose c'est la Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, France, 2021

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Rrose c'est la Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, France, 2021

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Rrose c'est la Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, France, 2021

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Rrose c'est la Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, France, 2021

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Rrose c'est la Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur, France, 2021

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Napoléon ? Encore !, cur. Eric de Chassey, Musée de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris, France, 2021

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Napoléon ? Encore !, cur. Eric de Chassey, Musée de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris, France, 2021

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Matrices chromatiques, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France, 2020

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Matrices chromatiques, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France, 2020

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Matrices chromatiques, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France, 2020

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Land and language, Fondation Thalie, Brussels, Belgium, 2020

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Land and language, Fondation Thalie, Brussels, Belgium, 2020

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Land and language, Fondation Thalie, Brussels, Belgium, 2020

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Land and Language, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016

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Nouvel accrochage des collections, musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France, 2018

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Thurnauer à Angers, Musée des beaux-arts d'Angers, France, 2009

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Thurnauer à Angers, Musée des beaux-arts d'Angers, France, 2009

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Notre histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2006

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Biennale de Lyon, France, 2005

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BIS - Biennale de Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, 2018

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Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK, 2017

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Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK, 2017

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Matrice / Assise (Portrait de femme), Private collection, France, 2017

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Matrice / Assise (from A to A), Private collection, Greece, 2017

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Préfigurer, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 2016

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Préfigurer, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 2016

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Préfigurer, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 2016

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Préfigurer, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine, France, 2016

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Enfermement, musée d'art et d'histoire de Saint Denis, France, 2019

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Enfermement, musée d'art et d'histoire de Saint Denis, France, 2019

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Land and Language, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016

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Land and Language, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia, 2016

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Une histoire de la peinture- collection Philippe Méaille, Chateau de Montsoreau, Anjou, France, 2016

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Women taking over Women artists from the Pompidou Center, Seattle Art Museum, USA, 2012

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Elles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2009

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Parcours Saint-Germain, Paris, France, 2009

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Francine Picabia, CCCOD, Tours, France, 2008

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Francine Picabia, CCCOD, Tours, France, 2008

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Francine Picabia, CCCOD, Tours, France, 2008

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Bien faite, mal faite, pas faite, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium, 2007

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Bien faite, mal faite, pas faite, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium, 2007

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Bien faite, mal faite, pas faite, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium, 2007

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Moving Numbers, CNDC, Angers, France, 2017


Videos

EXHIBITION

Agnes Thurnauer's exhibition "La traverser", Michel Rein, Paris, 2021

INTERVIEW

Interview by Connaissance des arts on the theme "restitute or interpret ? »


Press

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Publications

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Publisher: Monografik

2009

Thurnauer à Angers

Thurnauer à Angers

Publisher: Museé des beaux-arts d'Angers

2009

Life-size Portrait

Life-size Portrait

Publisher: Onestar Press

2008

Notre histoire

Notre histoire

Publisher: Palais de Tokyo & Paris Musées

2006


Portfolio