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Role  Artist
Awards  Marcel Duchamp Prize

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Born  June 30, 1965 (age 50) (1965-06-30) Strasbourg, France
Name  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Movies  Belle comme le jour, Atomic Park, Stories on Human Rights
Books  Gonzalez-Foerster - Park. Plan D'Evasion, Moment Ginza city guide
Similar People  Ange Leccia, Charles de Meaux, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pipilotti Rist, Runa Islam

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born 30 June 1965, in Strasbourg) is a French artist and an influential figure in international contemporary art. She is known for her great variety of work in video projection, photography, and spatial installations. She has worked in landscaping, design, and writing. "I always look for experimental processes. I like the fact that at the beginning I don't know how to do things and then, slowly, I start learning. Often exhibitions don't give me this learning possibility anymore."


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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was born in Strasbourg, France in 1965. At the age of 17, she worked as a museum guard in Grenoble while studying at the École du Magasin of the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Grenoble. She also studied at the Institute des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, in Paris. She began her career as an artist in the 1990s, working primarily in film. Her early work was mainly short, minimalistic and oneiric films. She now collaborates on everything from the writing of a science fiction novel with fellow artist Philippe Parreno to working with rock singer Alain Bashung on set design. She has also collaborated with fashion house Balenciaga in designing displays for their fashion boutiques in New York and Paris. She has even designed a house for a collector in Tokyo.

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Inspired by film, literature, modernist architecture, and art history, her work is often characterized by a quiet, intimate interrogation of contemporary urban life. Often she will use fragments from her international travels in her work and reassembles them into something new. "My approach to art is quite radical. It has more to do with theater and staging than making objects such as paintings or sculptures. Sometimes I think that the fetishism of objects is pathetic. It's one way to deal with art, but I'm obsessed with other things". She also hopes that her installations will encourage people to interact with them. "I want to coax people to engage with my art, in the same way that a writer might entice people to read a book". She was the recipient of an artist residency in Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto in 1996, the Mies van der Rohe Award in Krefeld in 1996, and the 2002 Marcel Duchamp award in Paris. For the season 2015/2016 in the Vienna State Opera Gonzalez-Foerster designed a large-scale picture (176 sqm) as part of the exhibition series "Safety Curtain", conceived by museum in progress. She currently lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

Solo exhibitions

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  • "Helen & Gordon", Safety Curtain 2015/16, museum in progress at the Vienna State Opera
  • "Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. 1887-2058", Centre Pompidou, Paris

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  • "Belle comme le jour" screening at International Film Festival, Rotterdam
  • "M.2062", Performance at Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam

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  • "peer-to-gynt" with Ari Benjamin Meyers and Tristan Bera, National Theater of Greece, Athens, Hayward Gallery, London
  • "Fahrenheit 451" with Ari Benjamin Meyers, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
  • "Pavillon d'argent", Jan Mot, Mexico City
  • "Belle Comme de jour", ArtUnlimited, Basal
  • "Return to Noreturn", Esther Schipper, Berlin
  • "121st Night", Protocinema, Istanbul
  • Spring lecture Series 2012, Princeton University School of Architecture
  • 2011

  • "T.1912", Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 2010

  • Screening of "De Novo", Tate Modern, London
  • 2009

  • "chronotopes & dioramas", Dia Art Foundation, New York
  • 2008

  • "TH.2058 The Unilever Series: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster", The Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
  • "Shortstories", Esther Schipper, Berlin
  • "Nocturama", MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon
  • 2007

  • "Expodrome", Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris
  • 2006

  • "Parc Central", Esther Schipper, Berlin
  • 2004

  • "Multiverse", Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich
  • "Alphavilles?", DeSingel International Arts Centre, Antwerp
  • "Atomic Park", Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels
  • 2003

  • "Artist in Focus", Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • 2002

  • "Ann Lee", Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
  • "Anywhere Out of the World", Kunstverein Munchen, Munich
  • "Exotourisme", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • 2001

  • "Ann Lee in Anzen Zone", Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
  • "Riyo Central", Portikus, Frankfurt
  • "Ann Lee in Anzen Zone", Galerie Schipper & Krome, Berlin
  • "About", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
  • "Cosmodrome", Le Consortium, Dijon
  • 2000

  • "Ipanema Theories", BQ, Cologne
  • Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
  • "Episodic", CAPACETTE Enterprise, Centro
  • "Ann Lee in Anzen Zone", Galerie Mot & van der Boogard, Brussels
  • 1999

  • "Séance de Shadow III (orange, bleue)", Galerie Schipper & Krome, Berlin
  • "Trapicale Modernite", Pavello Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Galerie Mot & van der Boogard Brussels
  • "Interiorisme", Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
  • 1998

  • "Home Cinema", Robert Prime Gallery, London
  • "88:88", Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld
  • Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • 1997

  • Kunstmuseum, Milwaukee
  • "Moment Ginza", Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
  • 1996

  • "Residence: color", Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
  • Robert Prime Gallery, London
  • "Cd-room", Ecole Notionale des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Lyon, The Run, Malmo
  • "Zone de Tournage", Fri-Art, Fribourg
  • "Sturm", Schipper & Krome, Cologne
  • "Une Chambre en Ville", Galerie Mot & van der Boogard, Brussels
  • 1995

  • "Fille/Garcon(Sento)", Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
  • "Double loge Biographique", Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
  • 1994

  • Galerie Analix, B&L Polla, Geneve
  • "Interieurs", Stedelijik Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
  • "Chambres Atomiques", arsFutura, Zurich
  • "Les Heures", Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
  • 1993

  • "Numero Bleu", Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • "Museum Robert Walser", Hotel Krone, Gais
  • "RWF", Hohenzollernig 74, November Project: Schipper & Krome, Cologne
  • 1992

  • "Cabinet de Pulsions", Air de Paris, Nice
  • "Nos Anées 70 et autres Recits", Galerie du Mois, Paris
  • "Et la Chambre Orange", Villa Arson, Nice
  • 1991

  • "Le Mystére de la Chambre Juane", Esther Schipper XII, Art Brussels, Brussels
  • "The Daughter of a Taoist", Esther Schipper, Cologne
  • 1990

  • Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris
  • "The Mind of a Mnemonist", Esther Schipper, Cologne
  • 1988

  • "Bievenue a ce que vous Croyez Voir", Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris
  • 1987

  • "La Ligne 19&&", Galerie de Paris, Paris
  • 1986

  • "Mouchiors Abstraits", Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble
  • Exhibitions curated by the artist


  • "Cloud Illusions I recall", Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • curated with Cerith Winn Evans and Rachel Thomas
  • 1997

  • “Moment Ginza”, Le Magasin, Grenoble
  • 1995

  • “Purple 9”, Galerie Jousse-Seguin, Paris
  • 1994

  • “Lʼhiver de Lʼamour”, Museé dʼArt Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
  • “The Winter of Love”, P.S.1. Museum, New York
  • 1993

  • “June”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
  • 1989

  • “23 (33) Images de lʼart Francais”, Maison centrale de lʼartiste-Moscou
  • “Rive, Fantaisie”, Galerie du Mois, Paris
  • 1988

  • “19&&”, Ecole du Magasin, Magasin; Centre National dʼArt Contemporain, Grenoble
  • Select permanent collections

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Musee d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France
  • Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, France
  • Dia ARt Foundation, New York, NY
  • Tate Modern, London, England
  • MUSAC, Leon, Spain
  • La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain
  • Inhotim, Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 21st Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Galleries

  • 303 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany
  • Jan Mot, Brussels, Belgium
  • Tomasso Corvi Mora, London, England
  • Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Films


  • “Belle comme le jour”, DVD projection
  • 2009

  • “Noreturn”
  • “De Novo”, DVD Projection
  • 2008

  • “The Last Film”, DVD Projection
  • “Gloria”, DVD Projection
  • 2007

  • “Marquise”, DVD Projection
  • 2006

  • “Park Central”, Anna Sanders Film, DVD
  • 2004

  • “Atomic Park”, (Film Version), 2003-2004, DVD
  • 2001

  • “Plages”, 35mm, DVD
  • “Central”, 35mm, DVD
  • 1999

  • “Riyo”, 35mm, DVD
  • 1998

  • “Ipanema Theorie”, Betacam
  • 1991

  • “U-Vision”, colour VHS, with Piere Joseph, Bernard Joisten and Phillipe Parreno, published by the weiner Festwochen, Vienna
  • 1990

  • “Ada en Ada”, color VHS, published by the Centre National des Arts Plastique,Paris
  • Books and catalogues


  • Defining Contemporary Art - 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks, Phaidon
  • 2009

  • The New Monumentality, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
  • 2008

  • TH.2058, The Unilever Series, Tate Modern, London
  • Nocturama, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon
  • Obrist, Hans Ulrich, The Conversation Series: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
  • Back To The Future, in: Theanyspacewhatever, ed. by Nancy Spector, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • The Wizard of Oz, ed. by Jens Hoffmann, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco
  • 2007

  • Expodrome, Musée d'Art Moderne De la Ville de Paris / ARC, Paris
  • Morgan, Jessica and Wood, Catherine, The World as a Stage Tate Modern, London
  • Birnbaum, Daniel. Chronology, Sternberg Press
  • Skulptur projekte münster 07, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln
  • Skulptur projekte münster 07, Vorspann, Kunstakademie Münster / Verlag der
  • Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
  • 2006

  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tropicalisation, deSingel, Antwerp and JRP Ringier, Zürich
  • Faster! Bigger! Better!, ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
  • 27th Bienal de São Paulo. Guia, São Paulo
  • Balenciaga Paris, Les Arts décoratifs, Paris and Thames & Hudson Ltd, London
  • All Hawaii Entrées/Lunar Reggea, Irish Museum of Moden Art, Dublin
  • Fischli Weiss, Fragen und Blumen, jrp ringier
  • Art Vidéo, Sylvia Martin, Uta Grosenick (ed.), Taschen
  • Tropicália, ed. by Carlos Basualdo, Cosac Naify, São Paulo
  • 2005

  • Magasin 1986 – 2006, ed. by Yves Aupetitallot, JPR Ringier
  • The Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
  • Des Deux Cotés Du Rhin, Snoeck, Cologne
  • Dean, Tacita & Millar, Jeremy, Place, Thames & Hudson, London
  • 2004

  • Moment Dream House. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Daisuke Miyatsu, Mori Art, Museum, Tokyo
  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Alphavilles?, Kunsthalle, Zürich/deSingel,
  • Antwerp, Zurich

  • Turbulenz, Portikus Projekte 2001-2004, Volz, Jochen (ed.), Portikus Frankfurt am Main
  • 2003

  • Films. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Portikus, Frankfurt and Le Consortium, Dijon,
  • Paris

  • Bourriaud, Nicolas, Postproduction, Collection Documents sur lʼart, Dijon
  • 2002

  • Moisdon-Trembley, Stéphanie, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Paris
  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. PARK – Plan dʼevasion, Gent
  • Le Prix Marcel Duchamp 2002, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • International 2002, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
  • 1999

  • Tropical Modernité, ed. by D. Gonzalez-Foerster, J. Hoffmann, Fondation Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona
  • Das Bild der Kunst. 20 Jahre art Das Kunstmagazin, ed. by Alfred Nemeczek,
  • Hamburg


  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Musée d'Art
  • Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

  • 1° Berlin Biennial, Berlin
  • 1996

  • Traffic, ed. by Nicolas Bourriaud, capc Musée dʼart contemporain, Bordeaux
  • Collezionismo a Torino, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
  • 1995

  • Collection, fin Xxe, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Anguoleme
  • Hotel Mama - Aperto '95, ed. by Peter Friedl, Kunstraum, Vienna
  • 1994

  • Soggetto-soggetto, edited by Giorgio Verzotti and Francesca Pasini, Castello di Rivoli, Torino
  • Don't look now, ed. by Joshua Dexter, Thread Waxing Space, New York, New York
  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Eva Marisaldi, ed. by Barbara Polla and Gianni Romano
  • Galerie Analix, Geneva, Art Studio Milan, Milan
  • Interieurs, ed. by D. Gonzalez-Foerster, Stedelijk Museum, Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam
  • Rien à signaler, ed. by Barabara Polla and Gianni Romano, published by: Galerie Analix, Geneva
  • Lʼhiver de lʼamour bis, ed. by Elein Fleiss, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Bernard Joisten
  • Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Olivier Zahm, Société des Amis du Musée dʼArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • 1993

  • Through the viewfinder, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam
  • Biographique, Numero Bleu, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • Documentario 2, ed. by M. Cingolani, M. Kaufmann, Italien
  • XLV. Esposizione internazionale d'arte, La Biennale di Venezia 1993, Venice Project unite, Unite Firminy, France
  • 1992

  • Huitièmes ateliers internationaux des pays de la Loire, F.R.A.C. des Pays de la Loire, Garenne Lemot
  • Le dimanche DE la vie, Gio'Marconi, Milan
  • Exhibit A - eight artists from Europe and America, edited by Andrea Schlieker and Bond, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • Molteplici culture, ed. by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Ludico Pratresi, Rome
  • Dirty Data - Sammlung Schürmann, Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen
  • Twenty fragile pieces, Galerie Analix, B&L POLLA, Carouge/Geneve, Milan
  • 1991

  • No Man's Time, Villa Arson, Nice
  • Topographie II: Untergrund, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover, BlumHelman Warehouse, New York
  • Parcours Prives 91, Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble
  • L'esprit bibliothèque, Les Editions Belle Haleine/La Galerie du Mois, Paris
  • Gullivers Reisen/Gulliver's travels, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
  • 1990

  • French Kiss, Halle Sud, Geneva
  • The Köln Show, nine Cologne Galeries (Buchholz, Capitain, Grunert, Hetzler Jablonka, Kacprzak, Schipper, Sprüth, Ungers), Cologne
  • Grenoble in Innsbruck, Galerie de l'Institut Francais d'Innsbruck, Innsbruck
  • Court-metrages immobiles, AFAA, Association Francaise d'Action Artistique, Paris
  • Artistique, Le Prigioni, XLIV Biennale di Venezia, Venice
  • Au commencement, Les Forges Royales de la Chaussade, Guerigny
  • NO, Elein Fleiss, Paris
  • 1989

  • De l'instabilité, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
  • Fictions, ed. by Jerome Sans, LGE et Aubes 3935 Galerie Montreal,
  • 1988

  • Villa Redenta 2, Festival Mondi Due, Spoleto
  • Ecole Beaux-Arts Grenoble, Ecole Beaux-Arts de Grenoble, Grenoble
  • Tate Modern's Turbine Hall installation

    The show was entitled "The Unilever Series: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: TH.2058" and appeared in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London from October 14, 2008 to April 13, 2009. At the opening of the show Dominique said, " Some months ago, I used to wake up in the silence of the night to think about what I was going to do. But not anymore. People ask me, 'Are you scare?' No, I am not scared. If I was, I wouldn't do it. Rather, I'm excited. I am putting one third of my energy into just staying calm. The work is on such a scale that if you got too excited, you would explode,". The show was her first public commission in the UK and filled half of the 3,400 square meter hall. "TH.2058 by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, imagines Tate Modern 50 years into the future, set in a London afflicted by perpetual rain. Tate Modern is being used as a shelter for people, a storage space for art works and for the remains of culture. The vast Turbine Hall is filled with monumental replicas of iconic sculptural works. Rows of bunk beds are scattered with books, and on a giant screen The Last Film is continuously running. Made up of short excerpts from science-fiction films, The Last Film suggests a potential state of catastrophe as well as the possibility of collective memory,".

    Hispanic Society of America installation

    The installation at the Hispanic Society of America in New York was installed in 2009 and was entitled "chronotopes & dioramas". The Hispanic Society of America is a museum and research library with an impressive collection of paintings, decorative objects, books, documents, prints, and photographs. However, Dominique discovered it only had a limited supply of 20th century literature and wanted to fill in the gaps. She enlisted help from experts at the American Museum of Natural History. The project involved crafting three habitats in which volumes by nearly 40 authors replaced taxidermied fauna. One evokes water and verticality; another, aridity and flatness; the third, trailing vines. They represent three zones: North America, the Desert, and the Tropics. Aside from the books, each diorama contains a single, mute trace of human presence. In the underwater ocean scene there is an oil barrel. In the desert scene there are ruins of a concrete bunker. In the tropical scene there is a desolate, glass house. They each show the wear and tear of passing time. Many of the books in the dioramas are about anxiety and exile. She also created a mural-sized calligram (an arrangement of words that creates a related visual image). This is Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the chronotope; "functioning as the primary means for materializing time in space with the novel". The installation is housed in an annex to the library.


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