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Jean-Pierre Bertrand


Biography

Born in 1937 and died in 2016 in Paris (France). Lived and worked in Paris (France).

First as a chief cameraman, moviemaker, then actor, Jean-Pierre Bertrand fancied cinema. Since the seventies, Bertrand has incorporated his interest of cinema into his work and developed a mixing of photography, movies, writing, painting, drawings on recycled papers, neons and installations.


His work is radiant and arduos, but you can get into it without a key. "Reading and studying all of what has been written on my work is not necessary. You just need to be without any intention to communicate with it, to let what lies in everyone come out and reveal what the unique and the substance are."

The origin of his inspirations remains a mystery. Here, the artpiece will be Robinson Crusoe's Island: salt, lemon, honey create the mineral, the plant, the animal and the number 54.

Bertrand's paintings follow strict rules of measurements, appellations, materials and colors. Framed, set in a steel angle or under a plexiglass, they stand as the witnesses of a transparent body. The paper is altered by being washed, soaked, nourished by lemon, honey and salt, then worked with red coagulating acrylic or Flemish medium giving it some transparency.

Bertrand's work has been exhibited at Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), MAMVP (Paris), Musée Picasso (Antibes), Carré d'Art (Nîmes), Documenta (Kassel). He represented France at the Venice Biennal in 1999.

His work is part of prestigious collections as CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), MAC/VAL - Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine), Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), among others. He produced public procurements for the National Library of France (Paris) and stained-glass windows for the Bourg-Saint-Andéol Chapel.


Selected works

Rouge Plasmique, Jean-Pierre Bertrand
A piece of painting, Jean-Pierre Bertrand
SHEM .BRG, Jean-Pierre Bertrand
Sans titre (rouge 3), Jean-Pierre Bertrand
Corps rouge, Jean-Pierre Bertrand
ACID JUICY, Jean-Pierre Bertrand
Etrog, Jean-Pierre Bertrand


Museum exhibitions

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Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Regards hors-champ et paysages, La Fab. / collection agnès b., Paris, France, 2020, photo: Rebecca Fanuele.

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Peinture plasmique 1367, 2016, honey-paper, acrylic paint, plexiglas, iron, 279 x 163 x 1,8 cm, unique artwork

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

7P + |R|, 2016, honey-paper, acrylic paint, plexiglas, iron, 204 x 153,5 x 1,8 cm, unique artwork

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

SHEM.1G..P1, 2016, honey-paper, acrylic paint, plexiglas, iron, 204 x 153,5 x 1,8 cm, unique artwork

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Nouvel accrochage des collections, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France, 2014

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Nouvel accrochage des collections, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France, 2014

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Special commission, Pantheon Crypt, Paris, France, 2009

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Ligne - B, Connexion aux Abattoirs, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France, 2007

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: In Search of the Miraculous, Le Quartier, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Quimper, France, 2005

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: In Search of the Miraculous, Le Quartier, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Quimper, France, 2005

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: In Search of the Miraculous, Le Quartier, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Quimper, France, 2005

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique, Musée Picasso, Antibes, France, 2004

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique, Musée Picasso, Antibes, France, 2004

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand: Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique, Musée Picasso, Antibes, France, 2004

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

48th Venice Biennal, French Pavillon, 1999

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

48th Venice Biennal, French Pavillon, 1999

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

ETROG en 54, Centre Georges Pompidou collection, Paris, 1999

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1993

Jean-Pierre Bertrand -

Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany, 1992


Press


Publications

From red to red

From red to red

Publisher: éditions P

2015

Jean-Pierre Bertrand

Jean-Pierre Bertrand

Publisher: METTRAY éditions

2013

Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique

Consubstantiellement ou l'instant unique

Publisher:

2004