Tatiana Trouvé

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Tatiana Trouvé is a contemporary visual artist based in Paris. Born in Cosenza, Italy in 1968, she later spent time living in Senegal, the Netherlands, and the South of France.[1]


Trouvé produces sculptures, drawings, and installations, many of which incorporate architectural interventions.[2] One of her most well known pieces is the expansive project titled Bureau d’Activités Implicites (or Bureau of Implicit Activities) that was produced over the course of ten years. This piece that took the form of an improvised office environment served as a repository and archive of work that she was making, or planning to make, as a then-unknown artist.[3] Through the creation of architectural modules, the newly Parisian native constructed an administrative space to house her creative efforts as well as her clerical attempts at adherence to the red-tape imbued diktats of the art world.[4] In an interview in 2009, Trouvé commented that, "Time is the theme underlying all my work." [3] In that, her work — according to art critic Roberta Smith — synthesizes a wide range of sources, including Richard Artschwager, Reinhard Mucha, Ange Leccia, Eva Hesse, and Damien Hirst.[5]

In 2001 she won the Paul Ricard Prize, and in 2007 she won the Marcel Duchamp Prize.[2] A monograph of Trouvé's work with text by the French writer, art critic, and curator Catherine Millet was published by Walther König in 2008.[6]


Trouvé had her first solo show in 2000.[5] In 2007 she participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale.[3] Recent solo museum exhibitions include "Double Bind," Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); "4 between 3 and 2," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008); "A Stay Between Enclosure and Space," Migros Museum, Zürich (2009–10); and "Il Grande Ritratto," Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2010).[7]


Public and private collections that hold Trouvé's works include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MAMCO, Geneva; François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Migros Museum, Zürich; and FWA, Foundation for Women Artists, Antwerp, Belgium.[7]


  1. ^ "Tatiana Trouvé". Frieze. May 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Tatiana Trouvé biography". Galerie Perrotin. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Pietropaolo, Francesca (1 March 2010). "Tatiana Trouvé". Art in America. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Rooney, Kara L. (May 2010). "Tatiana Trouvé". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  5. ^ a b Roberta Smith (2 July 2010), Tatiana Trouvé at the Gagosian Gallery New York Times.
  6. ^ "Buchhandlung Walther König". Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Tatiana Trouvé: Recent Works, 13 June – 31 July 2014 Gagosian Gallery, Geneva.

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