Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to Represent France at 2015 Venice Biennial

May 23, 2014 | By French Culture

After an unprecedented open call for proposalsCéleste Boursier-Mougenot has been chosen to represent France at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The choice was made by the French Institute, who oversee the French Pavilion at the  Biennale, in concert with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Communication. 

Known for installations that are as much auditory as visual, Boursier-Mougenot is an artist and composer based in Sete. First trained as a musician at the Conservatory for Music in Nice, he began his career as a composer for the Pascal Rambert theatre company. His most well known piece, from here to ear (1999-2014), fills a room with chromatically tuned, amplified electric guitars and flock of finches. The birds create sound both through their own calls and their interaction with the instruments. The resulting aleatory music recalls John Cage's compositions, and a sonic environment that has its roots in everything from the 1960s experiments of La Monte Young to the more recent work of artists like Susan Hiller. 

Boursier-Mougenot's project at the 2015 Biennale, titled "Revolutions," will be curated by Centre Pompidou curator Emma Lavigne.

In 2012, Boursier-Mougenot's work was exhibited at Hunter College Art Gallery in New York and is currently on view at Peabody Essex Museum. Bourgier-Mougenot is represented by Galerie Xippas in Paris and by Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.

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