1976

born in Geneva, Switzerland

Since 2008
2002–2003
1997

Professor at HEAD, University of Arts and Design, Geneva
Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
BA (Hons.) in English, Cambridge University

Lives and works in Geneva

 

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

 

2020

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Pièces Enfantines, Vienna
Francesca Pia, With an unbounded force, Zurich
Simon Lee Gallery, News from Nowhere, Hong Kong

2019

Galerie Barbara Weiss, Aqua Viva, Berlin
Badischer Kunstverein, Grammar and Glamour, Karlsruhe
Spike Island, The Blazing World, Bristol

2018

Simon Lee Gallery, Viewing Room, London
MAMCO, Mai Thu Perret, Geneva
Galerie Francesca Pia, Fillette, Zurich

2017

David Kordansky Gallery, Féminaire, Los Angeles
NICC, Go and become the incense burner in the old shrine, Brussels

2016

Simon Lee Gallery, Zone, London
Nasher Sculpture Center, Sightings, Dallas

2015

Espace 8, rue Saint-Bon, Kilims & Commas, Paris
Galerie Joy de Rouvre, Flow my tears, Geneva
Blondeau & Cie, Moon Palace, Geneva

2014

David Kordansky Gallery, Astral Plane, Los Angeles
Simon Lee Gallery, Slow Wave, Hong Kong

2013

Galerie Francesca Pia, The Prairie, Zurich

2012

Galerie Barbara Weiss, Mai-Thu Perret, Beast of Burden, Berlin

2011

Le Magasin, The Adding Machine, Grenoble, travelling exhibition
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich Art Prize 2011: Mai-Thu Perret, I dream of the code of the west, Zurich
Mamco, Mai-Thu Perret. Spectra in cycle L’Éternel Détour, séquence d’été 2011, Geneva
Aargauer Kunsthaus, The Adding Machine, Aarau, travelling exhibition
Hard Hat, Octopus, Geneva
Théâtre de l’Usine, Love Letters in Ancient Brick, Geneva
David Kordansky Gallery, Migraine, Los Angeles

2010

University of Michigan: Museum of Art, An Ideal for Living, Ann Arbor
Timothy Taylor Gallery, Parade, London

2009

Galerie Francesca Pia, Alphabet: Paintings and Text Works 2004–2009, Zurich
The Aspen Art Museum, 2013, Aspen
Galerie Praz-Delavallade, The Crack-Up, Paris

2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New Work, San Francisco
Timothy Taylor Gallery, 2012, London
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Bikini, Berlin
Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Land of Crystal, St. Gallen
The Kitchen, An Evening of the Book and Other Stories, New York

2007

Bonnefantenmuseum, Land of Crystal, Maastricht
Das Kunstwerk und sein Ort, Amden
Galerie Francesca Pia, Crab Nebula, Zurich

2006

 

Hard Hat, An Evening of the Book, Geneva
The Renaissance Society, And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universe, Chicago
Chisenhale Gallery, Solid objects (with Valentin Carron), London
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Mai-Thu Perret. Apocalypse Ballet, Berlin

2005

Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Heroine of the People, Paris
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Solid objects (with Valentin Carron), Geneva

2004

ArtBasel 35, Statement presented by Galerie Francesca Pia, Basel
Centre d’édition contemporaine, Love Thy Sister Like Thyself, Geneva

2003

Galerie Francesca Pia, Pure self-expression x25, Bern

2002

The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Glassbox, We Close Our Eyes In Order To See, Paris

2001

Le Studio, CAN, Land of Crystal, Neuchâtel

 

Group Exhibitions (selection)

 

2020

Kanal Centre Pompidou, It Never Ends, curated by John Armleder, Brussels
Museum im Bellpark, After Bob Ross – Beauty is Everywhere, Kriens

2019

Times Art Center Berlin, Neither Black/Red/Yellow Nor Woman, Berlin
Ribordy Theataz, Swiss Made, Genf
MMAG Foundation, Stars are Closer and Clouds are Nutritious under Golden Trees, Amman
Sokyo gallery, Mingei Now, Kyoto
Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Survival Kit 10.1, Riga
DePaul Art museum – DePaul University, New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, Chicago
Fondation CAB, Alentour (curated by John Armleder), Brussels
Glasgow International, Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror, Glasgow
Met Breuer, Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now), New York

2018

Gallery Francesca Pia, Lampen, Zurich
Gallery of Modern Art, Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror, curated by Richard Parry, Glasgow
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Object Like Us, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart and David Adamo, Connecticut
Kunsthaus Zürich, Fashion Drive: Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts, Zurich
Met Breuer, Like Life. Sculpture, Color, and Body, New York
Kunsthalle Basel, Performance Process. New Swiss Performance Now, Basel
MAMCO, Die Welt als Labyrinth, Geneva
Art Basel, Hidden Bar, Basel
Villa Vassilieff, Akademia: Performing Life, Paris
Le centre regional d'art contemporain OCCITANIE/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Mademoiselle, Sété
Parc des Eaux-Vives, Sculpture Viennale of Geneva, Geneva

2017

Imperial War Museums, Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, London
Galerie Anders Hus, Scripts as Afaka, curated by Sumesh Sharma, Paris
La Panacée – Centre d’Art Contemporain, PLURIVERS – 4 études d’ethnologies imaginaires, Montpellier, France
Spencer Brownstone Gallery, 1107 Pt. II, New York
Galerie Poirel, Le Grand Détournement, Nancy
Musée international de la Réforme, PRINT! Les premières pages d'une révolution, Geneva
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Medusa, Paris
Simon Lee Gallery, The Leftovers, New York
Mamco, Zeitgeist, Geneva
Galerie Andrea Caratch, Black'n'White, Saint-Moritz
Galerie Francesca Pia, L'image, curated by Vincent Romagny, Zurich  

2016

MRAC, Flatland/abstraction narratives 1, Sérignan
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions, San Francisco
Grundy Art Gallery, NEON: THE CHARGED LINE, Blackpool
Musée d'Art de Pully, Charles Blanc-Gatti–Hypothèse d'une généalogie, Pully
Museum Sheffield, Graves Gallery, Going Public: The Napoleone Collection, Sheffield
Galerie Barbara Weiss, The Hellstrom Chronicle, Berlin
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Pièces-Meublés, curated by Bob Nickas, Paris
Galerie des Galeries, ALL OVER, Paris
Zabriskie Point, TEAM 404, Geneva

2015

Rubell Family Collection, No Man’s Land, Miami
Algus Greenspon, The Shadow is Taken, New York
Priska Pasquer, Reset 1, Cologne
VNH Gallery, Balthazar, Paris
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Collection on Display: Experimental Arrangements, Zurich
Art Môtiers, Môtiers 2015 – Art en plein air, Môtiers
Galerie Francesca Pia, Group Show, Zurich
Bonnefantenmuseum, Ceramix – Ceramix art from Gauguin to Schütte, Maastricht
Musée des beaux-arts, Triennale de l'art imprimé contemporain, Le Locle
Galerist, Eureka!, Istanbul
Swiss Institute, Work Hard: Selections by Valentin Carron, New York
David Kordansky Gallery, John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf, John Tremblay, with guests Mai-Thu Perret and Blair Thurman, Los Angeles 
Musée Rath, BIENS PUBLICS, Geneva

2014

L'Espace de l'Art Concret, le fil des possibles, Mouans-Sartoux
Steirischer Herbst Festival, Forms of distancing, Graz
Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, The Yvonne Rainer Project, Paris
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, BASH II, Woodstock NY
Fondation Speerstra, Week-end à Rome, Apples
Pace Gallery, Mingei: Are you Here?, curated by Nicolas Trembley, New York
Centre d’art contemporain, Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva
Maati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Insert 2014, New Dehli
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Desiderata, Aarau
Power Station of Art, Decorum. Carpets and Tapestries by Artists, Shanghai

2013

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Desiderata, Aarau
Galerie Francesca Pia, gemini, Zurich
Fondazione Merz in collaboration with Artissima, Ways of Working: The Incidental Object, Turin
Museum für Gegenwartskunst, At Work – Atelier und Produktion als Thema der Kunst, Siegen
Dairy Art Center, Island, London
Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Decorum- Tapis et tapisseries d’artistes, Paris
1m3, Giant Ice Cream Cones, Lausanne
Oasis Hotel, Oasis Mini Gym, Angeles City, Philippines
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Female Power, Arnhem
ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD ART MUSEUM, PATTERN: FOLLOW THE RULES, Michigan
LIVEINYOURHEAD, Institut curatorial de la head, ELECTRIC FIELDS, Geneva
Dienstgebäude, Fire it up!, Zurich
Fri-Art, PRO-CHOICE curated of Petunia, Fribourg
Fri-Art, HOLES IN THE WALLS: Early Works 1948–2013, Fribourg

2012

 

 

 

 

 

LiveinYourHead, Institut curatorial de la Head, 50 Partitions, Geneva
La Salle de bains, Tell the Children / Abstraction pour enfants, Lyon
Aargauer Kunstaus, Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis 2012, La jeunesse est un art, Aarau
Kunstmuseum Thurgau, 10'000 Stunden. Über Handwerk, Meisterschaft und Scheitern in der Kunst, Thurgau
Ursula Blickle Stiftung,Cosmic Laughter- Timewave Zero then what?, Kraichtal
1m3, Cluster, Lausanne
Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Anti-Establishment, Annandale-on-Hudson
Brand New Gallery, Changing States of Mind, Milan
Forde, Panegyric, Geneva
Le Confort Moderne, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers
Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Pure Perception, Milan
Le Consortium, Le monde comme volonté et papier peint, Dijon
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Text Textile Texture, Berlin
Arario Gallery, Eorum Sanai (Ice Man), Cheonan, Korea
Kunsthalle Bern, The Old, the New, the Different, Bern
Mariann Goodman Gallery, The Devils Fidelity, Paris
Tensta Konsthall, Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Stockholm
Galeria Luisa Strina, Parque Industrial, Sao Paolo
Sommer & Kohl, Brot und Salz, Berlin
Kunsthaus Grenchen, Dancing Towards the Essence, Grenchen
Mumok, Reflecting Fashion – Kunst und Mode, Vienna
La maison rouge, Néon – who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?, Paris
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, New Sculpture, Warsaw
Praz Delavallade, curated by Hard Hat, Shake & Bake, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Nouveau Festival, Paris

2011

 

54th Venice Biennale, ILLUMInations, Venice
Palais de Tokyo, Carte blanche à John M Armleder – All of the above, Paris
Mudac, Helvètes vulcains, Lausanne
Museo Tamayo, Abstract Possible, Mexico City
Centre Pompidou, Danser sa vie, Danse et arts visuels au XXe et XXIe siècles, Paris
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, BEISPIEL SCHWEIZ. Entgrenzungen und Passagen als Kunst, Vaduz

2010

 

Casa Taberelli, Chartreuse jeune: An intervention by Olaf Nicolai, Cornalano
Malmö Konsthall, Abstract Possible, Malmö
Salt Lake Art Center, Go West, Utah
Power House Art Center, Born Under a Bad Sign, Memphis
Migros Museum, While bodies get mirrored – An Exhibition about movement, space and installation, Zurich
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, group show Charles Fourier ou l’Attraction Passionnée, Besançon
Haus der Kunst, Goldene Zeiten Teil 1 – Steven Claydon, Django Hernàndez und Mai-Thu Perret, Munich

2009

Ludwik Grohman, Villa Anabasis: Rituals of Homecoming,Festival of Dialogue of Four Cultures, Lodz
Galerie Francesca Pia, Top 10 Allegories, curated by Hard Hat, Zurich
Utopics, 11th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Bienne
2nd Athens Biennale, HEAVEN, Athens
Art Unlimited, Basel
Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Born to Be Wild, St. Gallen
Christine König Galerie, Beginnings, Middles, And Ends, Wien
CAC Contemporary Art Center, Shifting Identities (Swiss) Art Now, Vilnius
The Drawing Center, Fax, New York
Karma International, Prose pour des Esseintes, Zürich (collaboration with John Armleder)
Timothy Taylor Gallery, Ventriloquist, London
Swiss Institute, Regift, New York
Montehermoso Cultural Center, Living Together, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, A Spoken Word Exhibition, Baltic, Gateshead
Festiwal, Dialogu, Czterech, Kultur ‘09
Ludwik Grohman Villa, Anabasis. Rituals of Homecoming, Wrzesnia

2008

Kunsthaus Zürich, Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art today, Zurich
Centre Pasquart, AURUM, L’or dans l’art contemporain, Bienne
Tranzitdisplay, A Spoken Word, cur. Mathieu Copeland, Prague
Espace de l'Art Concret, Abstraction étendue: Une scène romande et ses connexions, Mouans-Sartoux
Château d’Arenthon Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Abstraction Extension, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex
Cneai=, Black Noise. A Tribute to Steven Parrino, Chatou
Tang Contemporary, There is No Story to Tell, Beijing
New Jerseyy, The Line is a Lonely Hunter-Drawings in New Jerseyy, Basel
Pavillon Suisse de la Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, Le spectrarium, Paris
Champion Fine Arts at Rental Gallery, Champion Zero, New York
Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Standort Alltag – Everyday Ideologies, Magdeburg
Galerie Lionel Latham, Mémoires d’objets, Geneva
Art and Entrepreneurship, Art Dubai, Dubai; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; E-Werk, Berlin; Center for contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva; Superstudio Piu, Milan; Philips de Pury & Company, London
Sketch, The Saints, and music & films by Amy Granat, with Fia Backstrom, Jutta Koether,
Amy O’Neill, Angel Turner, Emily Sundblad & Stefan Tcherepnin, London
Artprojx Space, Dadadandy Boutique, London

2007

Timothy Taylor Gallery, Ballet mécanique, London
Rubell Family Collection, Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Swiss Institute, A Spoken Word Exhibition, cur. Mathieu Copeland, New York
MAMCO, Black Noise, Geneva
Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang
Fri-Art, Les artistes de la collection Cahiers d’artistes série VI + VII, Fribourg
Sonjeart Centre and Kimho Art Museum, Tomorrow, Seoul
Gulbekian Foundation, An Atlas of Events, Lisbonne
Biennale de Lyon, 00 – L’Histoire d’une décennie qui n’est pas encore nommée, Lyon
Cherry and Martin, Radiant City, LA
Galerie Catherine Issert, Introvert, Extrovert, Makes No Difference, St Paul de Vence
Art en plein air Motiers 2007, Val de Travers
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Pure Self Expression, Cologne
Palais de Tokyo, Bastard Creatures, Paris
Midway Minneapolis & Overgarden Coppenhagen, In the poem about love you don’t write love, Minneapolis & Copenhagen
Mongin Art Center, At Home in the Universe, cur. John Armleder, Seoul
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Tension; Sex; Despair – Who/So – What, Vienna
Centre Culturel Suisse, Worker, Drone, Queen, Paris
Palais de Tokyo, Etats (Faites le vous-même), Paris
Villa Arson, A moitié carré, à moitié fou, Nice
Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Open and Shut, Chicago

2006

Ritter/Zamet, DADADANDY presents SPACE IS THE PLACE, a project featuring Pierre Ardouvin, John Armleder, Piero Golia, Goshka Macuga, Jonathan Monk, Simon Moretti, Moriceau + Mrzyk, Mai-Thu Perret, Joe Scanlan, Vedovamazzei, London
Via Nuova arte contemporanea, Piani Sospetti, Florence
Children National Gallery, TBILISI 3. LET'S STAY ALIVE TILL MONDAY, Tbilisi
Artists Space, In the poem about love the word love does not appear, New York
Hyde Park Art Centre, Interstellar Low Ways, Chicago
P.S.1, The Gold Standart, New York
Wexner Center for the Arts, Shiny, Colombus Ohio
Liverpool Biennial 06, Liverpool
Centre d'art Mira Phalaina/Maison Populaire, Madame la baronne était plutôt manièrée, assez roccoco et complètement baroque, Montreuil
Neue Kunsthalle, Modus, St. Gallen
CentrePasquArt, „Unter 30“ IV, Junge Schweizer Kunst/Jeune Art Suisse, Bienne
Elizabeth Dee Gallery and QUED, Bring the War Home, New York/Los Angeles
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Conversation Pieces, Geneva
Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Lovely Shanghai Music, Shanghai
Instituto Svizzero, Visioni del paradiso, Rome
West London Projects, The Endless Summer, London
Galerie Edouard Manet, Objets d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Gennevilliers
Royal College of Art, Again For Tomorrow, London
La Générale, Hradacany, Paris
Usine, Atelier 3ème étage, Sublime Part II, Geneva
Grazer Kunstverein, Eine Person allein in einem Raum mit Coca-Cola-farbenen Wänden, Graz
Centre PasquArt, Nouvelles Collections, Bienne

2005

Centre d’art contemporain, Genève, artistes et créateurs d’aujourd’hui, Geneva
CCA, In the Poem about Love the Word Love Does Not Appear, Glasgow
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Paralleles Leben, Frankfurt on the Main
National Arts Center, Tbilisi 2, Wednesday calls the future, Tbilissi
Air de Paris, NY Twice, Paris
Artists Space, Model Modernism, New York
New Langton Arts Center, Situational Prosthetics, San Francisco

2004

Swiss Institute, None of the above, New York
Galerie Peter Kilchmann, The Age Of Optimism, Zurich
Karvasla, Tuesday is gone, Tiblissi
Helmhaus, Fürchte Dich, Zurich
Champion Fine Arts, Leviathan Rising Under Moon’s Influence, Brooklyn, NY
Year, Archives generation upon generation, Brooklyn, NY
MAMCO, Yellow Pages, Geneva

2003

Secession, Form/Kontext/Troja, Vienna
Fia Backström Productions, Socialism – A love letter, Brooklyn, NY
Kunsthaus Glarus, Fink Forward the collection/collection, Glarus
Künstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, The Return of the Creature, Bregenz
Yellow Pages, Turm Gallery Helmstedt, Germany; Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal

2001

Galerie Francesca Pia, Rock Paper Scissors, Bern
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Espace Arlaud, Get Angry – Perspectives romandes 3, Lausanne
Alimentation Générale Art Contemporain, Wahrscheinlich (vraisemblablement), Luxembourg Galeria Javier Lopez, The New Domestic Landscape, Madrid

2000

Air de Paris, Dr Wings, Paris
Galerie Francesca Pia, Why can’t monsters get along with other monsters, Bern
Fri-Art, Preview for Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Etat des lieux #2, Fribourg

 

Projects organized, curated and co-curated

 

2019

MAMCO, Ecart at Art Basel, organized by John Armleder and Lionel Bovier, with Paul Bernard, Sophie Costes, Julien Fronsacq, Elisabeth Jobin, and Mai-Thu Perret, Geneva

2009

Centre Pompidou / Kunsthalle Bern, Voids. Eine Retrospektive (in collaboration with John Armleder, Laurent LeBon, Mathieu Copeland, Gustav Metzger, Philippe Pirotte and Clive Philpot), Paris / Bern

2008

Cneai, Black Noise. A Tribute to Steven Parrino (in collaboration with John Armleder and Jérôme Massard), Chatou

2007

Mamco, Black Noise. A Tribute to Steven Parrino (in collaboration with John Armleder and Jérôme Massard), Geneva

2004

Champion Fine Art, Boys Keep Swinging, New York
Champion Fine Arts, Homosocial, Brooklyn, NY

2003

Circuit, Le Rayon noir (in collaboration with Fabrice Stroun), Lausanne
27 Canal, Love is a battlefield (in collaboration with Daniel Baumann and Fabrice Stroun), New York

2002

Historisches Museum Murten, Le Jardin de la Violence/Der Garten der Gewalt (Expo 02 project in collaboration with Daniel Baumann, Johannes Gachnang and Fabrice Stroun), Murten

2001

Galerie Francesca Pia, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (in collaboration with Fabrice Stroun), Bern

1999–2001

Co-Director of Forde, Espace d’art contemporain (with Fabrice Stroun), Geneva

 

Awards

 

2018
2012–2013
2011

2008
2006

2004

Paul Boesch Kunstpreis, awarded by Kunstmuseum Bern
Studio residency in London, awarded by the Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr
Zurich Art Prize
Prix culturel Manor
Prize of the Swiss Foundation for Graphic Arts, ETH Zurich
Prix Kiefer-Hablitzel, Switzerland
Federal Award of Art, Switzerland
Federal Award of Art, Switzerland