Nicolas Bourriaud

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Nicolas Bourriaud (born 1965) is the Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, an art school in Paris, France.[1]

He co-founded, and from 1999 to 2006 was co-director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris together with Jérôme Sans. He was also founder and director of the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art (1992–2000), and correspondent in Paris for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art from 2008-2010 at Tate Britain, London, and in 2009 he curated the fourth Tate Triennial there, entitled Altermodern.[2]


Main article: Relational Art

Bourriaud is best known among English speakers for his publications Relational Aesthetics (1998/English version 2002) and Postproduction (2001). Relational Aesthetics in particular has come to be seen as a defining text for a wide variety of art produced by a generation who came to prominence in Europe in the early 1990s. Bourriaud coined the term in 1995, in a text for the catalogue of the exhibition Traffic that was shown at the CAPC contemporary art museum [1] in Bordeaux.

In Postproduction (2001), Bourriaud relates deejaying to contemporary art. He lists the operations discjockeys apply to music and relates them to contemporary art practice.[citation needed]


  • Playlist. Paris: Palais de Tokyo: Editions cercle d'art, 2004. ISBN 2-7022-0736-7
  • Relational Aesthetics. Paris: Presses du réel, 2002. ISBN 2-84066-060-1
  • Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World. New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002. ISBN 0-9711193-0-9. Translated by Jeanine Herman.
  • Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s to Now. San Francisco: San Francisco Art Institute, 2002.
  • Formes de vie. L’art moderne et l’invention de soi. Paris: Editions Denoël, 1999. ISBN 2-207-25501-8
  • The Radicant , Sternberg Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-933128-42-9. Translated by James Gussen and Lili Porten.
  • Radikant. Berlin: Merve, 2009. ISBN 978-3-88396-251-1
  • Altermodern. Tate, 2009. ISBN 978-1-85437-817-0

Curated exhibitions[edit]

  • Courts Métrages Immobiles, Venice Biennale, 1990
  • Aperto '93, Venice Biennale, 1993
  • Commerce, Espace St Nicolas, Paris, 1994
  • Traffic, Capc Bordeaux, 1996
  • Joint Ventures, Basilico Gallery, New York, 1996
  • Le Capital, CRAC Sète, 1999
  • Contacts, Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2000
  • Négociations, CRAC, Sète, 2000
  • Touch, San Francisco Art Institute, 2002
  • GNS (Global Navigation System), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003
  • Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004
  • Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006
  • Moscow Biennale, 2007 (with Backstein, Boubnova, Birnbaum, Obrist, Martinez)
  • Estratos, Murcia, 2008.
  • The Tate Triennial 2009: Altermodern, Tate Britain, London, 2009
  • "Athens Biennial 2011 : Monodrome".


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