Xavier Veilhan

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Xavier Veilhan
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Xavier Veilhan, 2010
Born 1963
Nationality French
Education ENSAD, Paris
Known for sculpture, installation art, painting, photography, film
Website veilhan.com

Xavier Veilhan (1963) is a French artist who lives and works in Paris. His work includes photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art.

Life and career[edit]

Xavier Veilhan emerged in the early 1990s as one of the leading artists of his generation.[1] A string of exhibitions, showcasing every aspect of his unique plastic vocabulary, ensured his international fame. In 2009, it was the consecration with his exhibition Veilhan Versailles, the castle and its gardens offered an ideal setting for his sculptures and installations.[2] He uses a large array of materials and techniques to produce three-dimensional portraits and landscapes, bestiary and architectures that always oscillate between the familiar and the extraordinary. His exhibitions and in-situ interventions in cities, gardens and houses question our perception by creating an evolving ambulatory space in which the audience becomes an active participant (Veilhan Versailles, 2009; Veilhan at Hatfield: Promenade, 2012; the Architectones series, 2012-2014). By associating sculpture, scenery, music and living figures, he creates works to create exhibitions. Their aesthetics reveal a continuum of form, contour, fixity and dynamics, that invite the spectator to a new reading of the space and so creating a whole repertory of signs, the theatre of a society.

Frequently investing in the public space, Xavier Veilhan has installed sculptures in various cities in France – Bordeaux (Le Lion, 2004), Tours (Le Monstre, 2004), Lyon (Les Habitants, 2006) – as he has abroad: New York (Jean-Marc, 2012), Shanghai (Alice, 2013), Sweden (Julian, 2014), Seoul (The Skater, 2015). His latest performance, SYSTEMA OCCAM, for a musical composition by Eliane Radigue, was presented in 2013 in Marseille and New York, and in 2014 in the Parisian museum Eugène Delacroix. The end of 2014 marked his transformation of the Château de Rentilly (Frac Ile-de-France, Marne et Gondoire), while in March 2015 his Architectones project took root with the launch of the eponymous book and documentary. At the same time, the double exhibition Music was presented at Galerie Perrotin New York and Paris. In the summer of 2015 Xavier Veilhan focuses on new cinematographic work with collaborations with the festival “Cinéma en Plein Air” (La Villette, Paris) and the Opéra National de Paris, all the while preparing solo shows in São Paulo and in Stockholm. He is represented by Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Galerie Perrotin, Galeria Nara Roesler and 313 Art Project.


Selected solo exhibitions / Public projets[edit]



  • Orchestra, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
  • Spacing, Ilju Fondation, Séoul
  • Dark Matter, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
  • Free Fall, Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo




  • Furtivo, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
  • Furtivo, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Torino


  • Metric, Gering & López Gallery, New York
  • Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm


  • Les Habitants, Palais des Congrès de la Communauté Urbaine de Lyon (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), Lyon (public project)
  • Miami Snowflakes, Galerie Perrotin, Miami
  • Sculptures automatiques, Galerie Perrotin, Paris


  • Le Plein emploi, MAMC, Strasbourg
  • Le Projet Hyperréaliste, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham ; traveling to National Academy Museum, New York
  • People as Volume, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
  • Fantome, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos
  • Éléments célestes, artistic conception, Chanel Jewelry ; traveling to Taïwan, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo
  • Le Lion, Place Stalingrad, Bordeaux (public project)


  • Vanishing Point, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Light Machines, Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence; traveling to Ecuries de Saint-Hugues, Cluny
  • Keep the Brown, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid
  • Big Mobile, Forum, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Le Monstre, Place du Marché, Tours (public project)


  • Keep The Brown, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York


  • Barbican Center, London
  • Installation from the workshop, Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Konsthallen, Göteborg


  • Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’arte contemporani, Barcelona
  • Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm


  • Le Magasin, Grenoble; curated by Yves Aupetitallot and Lionel Bovier
  • La Ford T, 5th floor terrace, Centre Pompidou, Paris; curated by Lionel Bovier
  • Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
  • The Rhinoceros, Yves St. Laurent, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]


  • D’après Nature, Château d’Avignon, Avignon
  • French Window : Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Look into my eyes, Mitterand+Cramer Fine Art, Geneva
  • 2011 Lumens, Valls Museum, Valls



  • Galerie Perrotin, Miami
  • Le sort probable de l'homme qui avait avalé le fantôme, Conciergerie, Paris
  • Galerie Perrotin, Paris
  • Dream Time, La Grotte, Mas d'Azil
  • N’importe Quoi, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon


  • Demolition Party, Royal Monceau Palace Hotel, Paris
  • Allsopp Contemporary, London


  • Airs de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris (La Cabane Éclatée aux Paysages Fantômes, a project with Daniel Buren ; Aérolite, a musical show with Air)
  • Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich


  • Kit O’Parts, CAN, Neuchâtel
  • La force de l’art / Grand Palais 2006, Paris
  • Supernova : Experience Pommery # 3, Domaine Pommery, Reims
  • Thank you for the music, Simon Lee Gallery, London
  • Collection and new acquisitions, Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev
  • Boucle, Jardin des Tuileries; Ville Nouvelle, Cour de l’Hôtel de Ville, Nuit Blanche, Paris
  • InTRANSIT from Object to Site, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence


  • Water (Without You I’m not)-Thoughts of a fish in a deep sea, 3rd Biennial of Contemporary Art of Valencia, Valencia
  • Fundacion La Caixa Collection, 20 years with Contemporary Art : New Acquisitions, Caixa Forum, Barcelona
  • De lo Real y lo Ficticio : Arte contemporaneo de Francia, Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico, Mexico City; traveling to Bass Museum, Miami



  • It Happened Tomorrow, 7th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Le Consortium, Lyon
  • Split, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
  • JRP Editions Selected Multiples, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva ; traveling to Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid ; Raum Aktueller Kunst, Martin Janda, Vienna
  • Coollustre, Collection Lambert, Avignon, curated by Eric Troncy
  • 25th edition of International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, curated by Christophe Chérix and Lionel Bovier
  • Glass Wall, device conceived for Faits et Gestes, Atelier de mécanique, Parc des ateliers SNCF, Arles


  • Audiolab 2, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • Collections croisées, CAPC, Bordeaux
  • La Part de l’autre, Carré d’art, Nîmes
  • Les animaux sortent de leur réserve, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Sculpture Now, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Palm Beach
  • The Speed Art Museum, Louisville
  • Optical Optimism, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans
  • Light X Eight, Jewish Museum, New York
  • 2002 Taipei Biennial: Great Theatre Of The World, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan


  • A New Domestic Landscape, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid
  • Métamorphoses et Clonage, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal


  • Jour de fête, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
  • Xn00, Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône; curated by L. Bovier in collaboration with E. Lebovici, JC Masséra, S. Moisdon Trembley, H.U. Obrist, assisted by Nicolas Trembley
  • Over the Edges, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium
  • The Collective Works, Centre d’art Contemporain de Toulouse, Toulouse
  • Art Unlimited, Art’31, Basel
  • L’oeuvre collective, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; curated by Pascal Pique
  • Vivre sa vie, Tramway, Glasgow; curated by Tanya Leighton


Air's Pocket Symphony album cover by Xavier Veilhan

With Sébastien Tellier[edit]

  • Super, Sébastien Tellier meets Xavier Veilhan. Musical performance with Sébastien Tellier. Maison des arts, Créteil, 03.25.06 (Co-production : AIA Productions & Dalbin)
  • Val de Marne, 2006. Performance conceived by Xavier Veilhan with Sébastien Tellier. MAC VAL, Vitry, 12.01/02.06
  • Ville Nouvelle, 2006. Musical performance with Sébastien Tellier, conceived with Alexis Bertrand. Nuit Blanche, Hôtel de Ville, Paris

With Air (French Band)[edit]

  • Artwork for Air’s Pocket Symphony album, 2007.
  • Aérolite, 2007. Musical performance by Xavier Veilhan with Alexis Bertrand. Music : Air. Centre Pompidou, Paris, 04.07.07

With Daniel Buren[edit]

  • La Cabane éclatée aux Paysages Fantômes, 2006–2007

With Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec[edit]


  • Furtivo, 2008. France - Italie, Blue-ray, experimental, color, silent movie HD. 28'

Directed by Xavier Veilhan ; Music Sébastien Tellier ; co-produced by Renaud Sabari & Xavier Veilhan/AIA production. Courtesy Andréhn & Schiptjenko, Stockholm ; Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

  • Radiator, 2008. France, Blue-ray, experimental, color, 7'10

Directed by Xavier Veilhan in collaboration with Michael Elion. Edition of 4 + 1 AP. Courtesy Andréhn & Schiptjenko, Stockholm ; Galerie Perrotin, Paris ; Gering&Lopez, New York.

  • Keep the Brown, 2003. France, Blue-ray, experimental, color, silent movie 8'30’’

Directed by Xavier Veilhan ; co-produced by Arthurpym & Anna Sanders Film. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy Andréhn – Schiptjenko, Stockholm ; Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

  • Drumball, 2003. France, Blue-ray, experimental, color, silent movie 7'40’’

Directed by Xavier Veilhan ; co-produced by Arthurpym & Anna Sanders Films. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy Andréhn – Schiptjenko, Stockholm ; Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

  • Le Film du Japon, 2002. Japon, Blue-ray, experimental, color, silent movie 8'30’’

Directed by Xavier Veilhan ; co-produced by CCA Kitakyushu, JRP Editions, Genève, & Anna Sanders Films. Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy Andréhn – Schiptjenko, Stockholm ; Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

Xavier Veilhan at his studio. Le Carrosse (model)


  • Xavier Veilhan. Des expositions comme des paysages, edited by Beaux Arts éditions, Paris, 2009.
  • Xavier Veilhan 1999-2009, ed. Jean-Pierre Criqui, with texts by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Jean-Pierre Criqui, Laurent Le Bon, Arnauld Pierre, Pierre Senges and an interview by Michel Gauthier, JRP| Ringier, Zurich, 2009
  • Light Machines, edited by Les Presses du Réel, 2007
  • Le Plein emploi, with texts by Michel Gauthier, Patrick Javault, Hakan Nilsson and John Welchman (in French and English), exhibition catalogue, Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, 2005
  • Fantome, with text by Fernandeo Casto Florez, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain, 2005
  • Vanishing Point, with texts by Alison Gingeras and Christine Macel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2004
  • Xavier Veilhanv, with texts by Dan Cameron, Liam Gillick, Alison Gingeras, John Miller, Le Magasin, Grenoble, 2000
  • Tableaux, 1997-1998, Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, 1999
  • Xavier Veilhan, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier; Consortium, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Dijon; Editions JRP, Geneva; 1995
  • Xavier Veilhan, artist book, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, 1992
  • Un centimètre égal un mètre, with texts by Eric Troncy, Liam Gillick (in French and in English), exhibition catalogue, A.P.A.C., Centre d’Art Contemporain, Nevers & Paris, 1991
  • Xavier Veilhan. Un peu de biologie, with an interview by Nicolas Bourriaud (in Italian and in English), exhibition catalogue, Galleria Fac-Simile, Milano, 1990


French/English. Running time : 52'.
Publisher Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2009.
Director : Jordan Feldman

French/English. Running time : 90'.
Editeur Bureau des vidéos, 2007
Director : Jordan Feldman


  1. ^ Jean-Max Colard, Xavier Veilhan, Artforum, Feb, 2001.
  2. ^ "Discussion with Xavier Veilhan", Manan Ter-Grigoryan for Art Observed, October 8th, 2009.

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