Les Amis des Beaux-Arts are organising a masterclass by Bertrand Lavier, in dialogue with Bernard Blistène.
Born in 1949 in Châtillon sur Seine, Bertrand Lavier lives and works in Paris and Aignay-le-Duc, near Dijon, France.
His work has been the subject of a considerable number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, including the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Grand Palais, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, the Palais de Tokyo, the Monnaie de Paris, the Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection in Paris and the Punta della Dogana-Pinault Collection in Venice, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, the Château de Versailles, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles, the Consortium in Dijon, the Tate Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Villa Sauber in Monaco, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main, MAMCO Musée d'art moderne et contemporain in Geneva, Kunsthalle Bern, Macro Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma and Villa Medici in Rome, mumok museum moderner Kunst stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Swiss Institute in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Maison Hermès Dosan Park in Seoul, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hôtel Le Bristol, Paris, and the Venice Biennale.
His work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Fosun Foundation in Chendgu, China.
His sculpture Quelque chose de... , designed to pay tribute to Johnny Hallyday, has been installed on the Johnny Hallyday esplanade (8 boulevard de Bercy) in Paris since September 2021.
Bernard Blistène, born in 1955 in Paris, is a French art historian, curator and museum director.
He was curator and then director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne between 2013 and 2021. He was previously director of the Museums of Marseille, Inspector General for Creation at the Ministry of Culture and Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Pompidou. He is responsible for more than a hundred exhibitions worldwide and for the creation of the New Pompidou Centre Festival in 2009.
In 2021, Bernard Blistène was appointed President of the "New Worlds" programme, created by the President of the Republic and aimed at artists of all disciplines.
Bertrand Lavier is today one of the major figures on the contemporary art scene.
Virtuoso and inventive, he never ceases to divert the objects of reality, their codes and their representations to "transfigure" them into works of art.
The world of images belongs to him. He has fun with it and constructs with precision a work where humour is an incisive precision mechanism.
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