© Albrecht Fuchs, 2013. Courtesy BUGADA & CARGNEL, Paris
Cyprien Gaillard

© Albrecht Fuchs, 2013. Courtesy BUGADA & CARGNEL, Paris

Cyprien Gaillard

Born in 1980, in Paris (France)

Lives and works in Berlin (Germany)

After spending his childhood in the United States, Cyprien Gaillard studied at the Ecole Cantonale des Arts in Lausanne. 

Winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2010, he is currently one of the most prominent young French artists. Reinterpreting the Land Art by filming fire extinguishers pooring dry ice in rural landscapes, or recording destruction processes, his work compresses time and can be understood as an archaeology of the future in which the present is projected towards its entropy. His work, which reflects a trend described by the artist himself as “vandalism", takes the form of sculptures, videos, engravings, photographs and interventions in public spaces. It brings out contemporary socio-political realities and the innate beauty of their brutality.

Selected Bibliography

Morton, Tom ; Gaillard, Cyprien ; Hasselbach von Frabziska... [et al.]. From wings to fins : Morris Louis, Cyprien Gaillard. Berlin London : Sprüth Magers, 2013. 

Foster, Hal ; Pfeffer, Susanne ; Osten, Marion von... [et al.]. Cyprien Gaillard : the recovery of discovery : [Ausstellung, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, 27.03. - 22.05.2011]. Köln : W. König, 2012. 

Derieux, Florence ; Gaensheimer, Susanne ; Szymczyk, Adam. Cyprien Gaillard : geographical analogies : [exhibition, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, January 17- March 15, 2009 ; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, May 15 - August 2, 2009 ; Kunsthalle Basel, March 28 - May 24, 2010; MMK, Frankfurt am Main, September 3 - October 24, 2010]. Zurich : JRP/Ringier, 2010. 

Baqué, Dominique ; Penwarden, Charles, « Cyprien Gaillard : vandale romantique = Cyprien Gaillard : romantic vandal », Art press, n° 372, p. 70-76, novembre 2010, 7 p.

[s.n.], « Relocating the Past », Artforum , octobre 2009, 4 p.

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