Adel Abdessemed

  • Born in 1971, in Algeria
  • Lives and works in London (United Kingdom)


Of Algerian origin, Adel Abdessemed is inspired by politics, religion and current affairs, which he reinterprets in provocative works, stigmatizing moments of revolt, injustice, and violence: “As an artist, I am a witness of my time.” Defying all taboos, playing with varied mediums—bronze, barbed wire, dynamite, cannabis resin, marble, etc.—his works take the form of installations, sculptures, videos, performances, and drawings. 

In The Collection

Exhibition of the Collection

From 23 September 2020 to 3 January 2021

Crossing views

Parallel to the Cindy Sherman retrospective exhibition, the Fondation presents Crossing Views, a selection of works from the Fondation's Collection which was chosen in collaboration with Cindy Sherman. Echoing her work, the exhibition is centred on the theme of the portrait and its interpretation through different approaches and media: painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation. The exhibition brings together around twenty French and international artists, of different generations and backgrounds. It includes around sixty works, many of which have previously never been on display at the Fondation.