xavier veilhan
studio venezia, 2017
installation at the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017
variable dimentions

Since the mid-1980s, Xavier Veilhan has created an acclaimed body of works - sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video and photography - defined by his interest in both the vocabulary of modernity (speed, motion, urban life, etc.) and classical statuary, reinterpreted from a contemporary vision. His work pays tribute to the inventions and inventors of our modern times, through a formal artistic language that mixes the codes of both industry and art. He mixes a great variety of techniques and material to produce tridimensional portraits and landscapes, bestiaries and architectures that swing between the familiar and the extraordinary.


For Xavier Veilhan, art is "a vision tool through which we must look in order to understand our past, present, and future". Frequently investing in the public space, his exhibitions and in-situ interventions in cities, gardens and houses question our perception by creating an evolving space in which the audience becomes an actor. Their aesthetics reveal a continuum of form, contour, fixity and dynamics, that invite the spectator to a new reading of the space and so creating a whole repertory of signs, the theatre of a society. 


Xavier Veilhan was born in Paris, in 1963, where he still lives and works. Main recent solo exhibitions and projects are: Romy and the Dogs, at Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT) (2019), in Lisbon, Portugal; Nuit Studio Venezia, at Musée de la Musique, Cité de la Musique (2018), in Paris, France; Xavier Veilhan, Yuksek, Caterina Barbieri & Carlo Maria, The Count, Jonathan Fitoussi - Cine-concert, at Le Lieu unique (2018), in Nantes, France; Reshaped Reality; 50 years of Hyperrealist Sculpture, at Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (2016), in Bilbao, Spain; Cedar, at Andrehn-Schiptjenko (2015), in Stockholm, Sweden. Main recent group shows are: Rêve Électro, at Musée de la Musique, Cité de la Musique (2019), in Paris, France; Calling for a New Renaissance, Joakim & Xavier Veilhan, Villa Aperta 8, at Villa Medici (2018), in Rome, Italy; Suspension – A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture 1918 – 2018, at Olivier Malingue (2018), in London, UK, anda t Palais d’Iéna (2018), in Paris, France (2018); Botticelli Reimagined, at Victoria & Albert Museum (2016), in London, UK; 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017). His works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Fondation Ilju, Seoul, South Korea; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and New National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar; among others