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Biography

Vincent Fournier is a French artist who explores significant mythologies of the future : space exploration, utopian architecture, artificial intelligence, living transformation…

 

After being awarded a diploma in both sociology and visual arts, he studies at the National School of Photography in Arles and obtains his diploma in 1997. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, the Centre Pompidou Paris, the LVMH contemporary Art collection, the Dragonfly Collection in Massignac, the Museum of Fine Arts of Mâcon, Fondation Bullukian in Lyon, the ArtScience Museum in Dublin or the Baccarat Hotel Collection in New-York, among others.

 

“My work is inspired by the dream and mystery side that the scientific and technological utopias echoes in the collective imagination : space travel, utopian architectures, humanoid robots, the transformation of the living … My interest for these themes comes from the aesthetics they create, the philosophical thrill that they provoke but also their formidable capacity to generate stories, always on the borders of the real and the imaginary. This “in-between” creates a floating that allows different levels of reading and leaves open the interpretation. The stories of the future crystallize so many emotions and questions, at the same time children’s dreams and dreams of civilizations. These are stories that invent a temporality between past, present parallel and future. I use the elements of these stories to create images and objects always put in tension by oppositions that come to disturb our eyes and blur the borders: reality / fiction, science / belief, past / future, visible / invisible, natural / artificial … I believe that the starting point of this “obsession” comes from my childhood and many visits to the Palais de la Découverte in Paris with my grandmother. All these evocations of the “wonder of science” and the mysteries of the Universe have nourished my imagination and stimulated my curiosity for utopias and the field of possibilities. I also grew up in the ’70s and ’80s when the year 2000 was like a huge mountain, at the top of which were flying cars. This projection did not happen, at least not so visibly, but it is I think what made me want to extend these dreams of children “.

 

 

Born in 1970.

Lives and works in Paris.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Space Utopia, Domaine des Etangs, France

              Space Utopia, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

              Brasilia – A Time Capsule, Spazio Nobile, Brussels, Belgium

              Fondation Bullukian, Lyon, France

2018     Past Forward, Galerie du Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France

              Space Utopia, Centre d’Art Sacré, Transphotographiques et galerie Provost-Hacker,

              Lille, France

              Space Utopia, Galerie Perpitch&Bringand, Paris, France

2017     Past Forward, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Foto Industria, Fondazione

              MAST, Bologne, Italy

              Post Natural History, Australian Center for Photography (ACP), Sydney, Australia

2016     Post Natural History, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia

              Post Natural History, Alliance Française, Melbourne, Australia

              Post Natural History, Galerie Spazio Nobile, Bruxelles, Belgium

              Past Forward, New Square Gallery, Lille, France

2015     Post Natural History, La Galerie, Hong-Kong, China

2014     Post Natural History, Espace Quai 1, Vevey, Switzerland

              Brasilia, Magasin, Le Bon Marché, Paris, France

2013     The Man Machine, Science Museum/Fabrica, Moscow, Russia

2012     Space Project & The Man Machine, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

              The Man Machine, Joye Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

              Space Project, Clic Gallery, New York, USA

2010     Space Project, The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, UAE

              Tour Operator, Galerie 27AD, Milan, Italy

2009     Space Project, Galerie Marunouchi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

Group Exhibitions

2019     Maan/ Moon, FOMU – the museum of photography, Antwerp, Belgium

              Moonlight – 50 Years of Photographing the Moon, Royal Museums Greenwich,

              London, UK and Sweden.

              Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia

              Civilization, The Way We Live Now, Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

              The Future and Arts, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

              Le Cerveau-Nuage as part of Design et Merveilleux, Musée d’Art Moderne et

              Contemporain de Saint-Etienne

              Space Utopia for the event In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, The

              Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

              Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Étienne,

              France

2018     Future Cross Boundaries, Taiwan Design Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

              Man Machine, Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China

2017     Centre Pompidou, galerie Mnam/cci, Imprimer le Monde, Paris, France

              Hello, Robot, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

              The Universe and Art, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

              Hello, Robot, MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna,

              Austria

              Space Oddity within the Mois de la Photographie de Paris, Maison des Arts de

              Créteil, France

              PAD fair, Paris, France

2016     The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

              Salon du PAD Paris, Paris, France

2015     Foire Amsterdam Art Fair, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

              Art Central Fair, Hong Kong

2014     Alive, La Fondation EDF/Electra, Paris, France

              Salon AD, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs de la ville de Paris, Paris, France

              Space Project, Centre 798 Art Zone / Thinking Hands, Beijing, China

              Space Odyssey 2.0, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgiumn

              Biennale Internationale de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels, Liège, Belgium

              Festival Getxophoto, Bilbao, Spain

              Festival Kyotographie, Kyoto, Japan

              Festival Cortona On the Move, Italy

2013     La science à l’œuvre, Le Centre d’Art Contemporain de Pontmain, Pontmain, France

              False Fake, Le Centre de la Photographie de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

              Post Natural History, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Bio Design, Rotterdam, the

              Netherlands

              Grow Your Own, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

              Salon Show Off, Paris, France

2012     Foire Bergamo Art Fair, Italy

              Foire Taipei Photo, Taipei, Taiwan

              NoFound Photofair, Foire, The Contemporary Photography Fair, Paris, France

              Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, USA

              A Theatre For Constructed Ecologies, Berlin, Germany

2010     Mouvement Art Public, Montreal, Canada

              Milan Art Fair (Miart), Milan, Italy

              Shanghai Art Fair, China

              Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan

              Taipei Photo, Taipei, Taiwan

              London Art Fair, London, UK

2009     Philipps de Pury & C°, Contemporary Photographs auction, London, UK

              Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan

2008     Festival Image’08, Vevey, Switzerland

2007     Abu Dhabi Art fair, Dubai, UAE

              The New Landscape, Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK

2006     Foire Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

Public and Private Collections

Centre POMPIDOU, Paris, France

The MET – Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, USA

Collection Dragonfly (Domaine des Etangs / Primat), Massignac, France

The St John of God Art Collection, Australia

 

Collaborations

2015     Baccarat Art Collection, Baccarat Hotel, New York, USA

2014     ISETAN Department store, Tokyo, Japan

2013     The amazing Spider-Man II, Columbia Pictures, California, USA

2013     Le Bon Marché, Paris, France

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