Patrick Mimran

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Patrick Mimran (born 1956 in Paris, France) is a multimedia artist currently living in Switzerland


Before establishing his reputation as an artist, Patrick Mimran was active as a businessman. After Lamborghini went bankrupt in 1978, Mimran purchased the company with his brother Jean Claude. He served as CEO until 1987, engineering a successful turnaround and selling the company to Chrysler in 1987.[1][2]

Mimran’s artwork has ranged through media including painting, photography, video art, sculpture and installations. He also works in electronic music, composing the score for Maurice Béjart’s ballet Kurozuka[3] (performed at the Bunkan Kalkan Theatre, Tokyo)[4] and collaborating with Peter Greenaway. Mimran composed scores for Greenaway projects including the multidisciplinary film and art installation Stairs 1 Geneva,[5] the 1996 film The Pillow Book, the 1996 public art event La Cosmologia di Piazza del Popolo Roma, and the art installation “In the Dark,” which was featured in the 1996 exhibition Spellbound: Art and Film at the Hayward Gallery of London.[6]

Patrick Mimran is best known in the United States for his Billboard Project,[7] which he initiated in 2000 in London and expanded to New York, Miami, Venice, and Tokyo. Visitors to the Chelsea art district of New York City will be familiar with his billboards on 24th, 25th and 26th Streets (bearing messages such as "Art is everywhere but not in everything").[8]

His “Jet Set Giraffe” sculpture (the “tallest giraffe sculpture in the world”) was installed in Monte Carlo’s Grand Casino Garden from 2009 to 2013, when it moved to its permanent home at the Colchester Zoo in Essex, England.[9][10]

Mimran’s work has been exhibited in museums including the Leonardo da Vinci Museum for Science and Technology,[11] Palazzo Venezia[12] and Kunstpalais Erlangen,[13] as well as festivals including the Venice Architecture Biennale, Art Cologne, Art Paris and Art Karlsruhe.[14]


  • Paul Ardenne, Patrick Mimran, partage des correspondances, Editions du Regard, Paris, 2001.
  • Paul Ardenne, Babel/TV, Editions du Regard, 2001.
  • Urban Samples/Prélèvements urbains (photographies), Editions Monografik, 2008.
  • Beate Reifenscheid and Dorothea van der Koelen; Arte in Movimento – Kunst in Bewegung, Dokumente unserer Zeit XXXIV; Chorus-Verlag; Mainz 2011; ISBN 978-3-926663-44-3


  1. ^ Christensen, Nick. "Visionary Mimran Still Creative 27 Years After Lamborghini". Cafe Spa. Cafe Spa. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Landsem, Arnstein (Mar 15, 2011). The Book of the Lamborghini Urraco. Veloce Publishing Ltd. p. 151. ISBN 9781845842864. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ . BN Gallica Retrieved 27 April 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Barbara Polla, Patrick Mimran, une solitude si parfaite, in l'Extension
  5. ^ Melia, Paul (February 15, 1999). Peter Greenaway: Artworks, 63-98. Manchester University Press. pp. 150–154. ISBN 9780719056246. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Pascoe, David (November 1, 1997). Peter Greenaway: Museums and Moving Images. Reaktion Books. p. 216. ISBN 9781861890054. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Koppel, Lily (March 5, 2006). "High in the Air, Artistic Manifestos" ( The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Strinati, Claudio (2007). Patrick Mimran: Recent works and old obsessions. Museo Nazionale Palazzo Venezia. p. 172. 
  9. ^ "Drive launched to bring Monaco casino's giraffe to Colchester Zoo". Essex County Gazette Standard. March 20, 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Hadley, Henriette. "Artist Patrick Mimran’s Jet Set Giraffe Leaves Monte Carlo For English Zoo". Haute Living. Haute Media Group. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  11. ^ The History of the Museum. Leonardo da Vinci Museum for Science and Technology Retrieved 27 April 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Strinati, Claudio (2007). Patrick Mimran: Recent works and old obsessions. Museo Nazionale Palazzo Venezia. p. 172. 
  13. ^ "Current Exhibition: Patrick Mimran". Kunstpalais Erlangen. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Patrick Mimran Biography". Artnet. 

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