Tatiana Trouvé

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Tatiana Trouvé
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Tatiana Trouvé, 2015
Born1968 (age 50–51)

Tatiana Trouvé is a contemporary visual artist based in Paris. Born in Cosenza, Italy in 1968, she later spent her childhood living in Senegal, before continuing her studies in the Netherlands and at the Villa Arson in 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 starting in 1997. 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] The administrative module is the most significant of this work, because it regroups all the documents that attest to her life in social and administrative terms (CV, grant applications, cover letters, job applications...)[5]

Since 2005, Trouvé has been constructing maquettes or doll houses which emerge from the universe of "implicit activities", which comprise her series Polders.[6] These maquettes take the form of deserted workplaces, recording studios or unoccupied desks. They represent that which has always been there, waiting to be recuperated or reorganised.[7] Placed on the ground or fixed to the wall, these elements adapt themselves to the physical exhibition space, and at the same time they suggest the existence of a different space or environment. They can exist in the corner of a space, in the center of a space, or against a wall.

These Polders look to occupy the space in order to parasite it. "It is with the goal of reconstructing the spaces in which I had been or in which something happened : reconstructions of space, of memory, in the form of maquettes" - Tatiana Trouvé[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]


Trouvé had her first solo show in 2000.[9] 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).[11]

Tatiana Trouvé is represented by Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong & Paris, Gagosian Gallery and Johann König, Berlin.

  • 2000 : "Voila, le monde dans la tête", curated by Suzanne Pagé, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.[12]
  • 2001 : "Squatters", curated by Miguel Perez and Vincente Todoli, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal.[13]
  • 2002 : « Polders », curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérome Sans, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.[13]
  • 2002 : "Tunnel Airlines", Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris, France.[13]
  • 2002 : "Nouvel Accrochage des Collections permanentes du Mnam", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.[13]
  • 2003 : "Tatiana Trouvé, Aujourd'hui, hier, ou il y a longtemps" curated by François Poisay, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France.[13]
  • 2003 : "Clandestini / Clandestines" curated by Francesco Bonami, 50e Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.[14]
  • 2004 : "Tatiana Trouvé, Juste assez coupable pour être heureuse", curated by Christian Bernard, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland.[13]
  • 2004 : "Tour-détours de Babel", curated by Christian Bernard, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland.[13]
  • 2005 : "Djinns", curated by Sylvie Boulanger, Cneai, Chatou, France.[13]
  • 2005 : "Singuliers - Art contemporain en France", curated by Thierry Raspail, Musée des Beaux Arts de Guandong, Canton, China.[13]
  • 2006 : "Printemps de septembre" , curated by Jean-Marc Bustamante and Pascal Pic, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France.[13]
  • 2006 : "La Force de l'Art", Grand Palais, Paris, France (Paul Ricard prize)[13]
  • 2006 : "Notre Histoire...", curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Jerome Sans, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.[13]
  • 2007 : "Times Snares", Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, United States.
  • 2007 :"Double Bind", curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.[15]
  • 2007: "Tatiana Trouvé" , curated by Eric Magion, Centre national d'Art contemporain de la Villa Arson, Nice, France.
  • 2007 : "Chalet de Tokyo", curated by Marc-olivier Wahler, Centro cultural Racoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2008 : "4 between 3 and 2", curated by Jean-Pierre Boraz, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.[13]
  • 2009 : « A Stay between Enclosure and Space », Migros Museum, Zurich.[16]
  • 2010 : « Il Grande Ritratto », Kunsthaus de Graz.[17]
  • 2011 : « Éloge du doute », Punta della Dogana, François Pinault foundation, Venice, Italie.
  • 2014 : « L'Écho le plus long », Mamco, Geneva.
  • 2015 : Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon


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.[11]


Trouvé, Tatiana. Tatiana Trouvé. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2008. Print. ISBN 9783865603524

Trouvé, Tatiana, and Heike Munder. Tatiana Trouvé. Cologne: Walther König, 2010. Print. ISBN 9783865608581

Tatiana Trouvé [on the occasion of the Exhibition Tatiana Trouvé: A Stay Between Enclosure and Space, November 21, 2009 to February 21, 2010 at the Migros-Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich] by Heike Munder; Tatiana Trouvé; Maria Gough; Museum für Gegenwartskunst <Zürich>;2010.


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  2. ^ a b "Tatiana Trouvé biography". Galerie Perrotin. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. 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. ^ "Les presses du réel" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Tatiana Trouvé". www.macval.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  7. ^ "Polder". www.centrepompidou.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  8. ^ "Les presses du réel" (PDF).
  9. ^ a b Roberta Smith (2 July 2010), Tatiana Trouvé at the Gagosian Gallery New York Times.
  10. ^ "Buchhandlung Walther König". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b Tatiana Trouvé: Recent Works, 13 June – 31 July 2014 Gagosian Gallery, Geneva.
  12. ^ Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, ed. (2008). Tatiana Trouvé (in French). Allemagne, Kôln. p. 244. ISBN 978-3-86560-443-9.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, ed. (2008). Tatiana Trouvé (in French). Allemagne, Köln. p. 244. ISBN 978-3-86560-443-9.
  14. ^ Tatiana Trouvé (in French). Allemagne, Köln. 2008. p. 244. ISBN 978-3-86560-443-9.
  15. ^ "Tatiana Trouvé | Critique | Double Bind | Paris Art". www.paris-art.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  16. ^ "Frieze Magazine | Archive | Archive | Tatiana Trouvé". www.frieze.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  17. ^ Exposition sur le site du Kunsthaus.

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