Marc Le Mené

Born in 1957 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Marc Le Mené is a French photographer, born in 1957.

Initially he used to take photos of weddings and minor sports events. Marc Le Mené eventually joined the famous Villa Medicis. He was only 22 when he settled down in Paris, he began to paint and photograph regularly, all this was financed by a job he obtained at a famous advertising photo studio.

Marc Le Mené has his own unique style, he designs objects before taking pictures of them. He places his objects inside a "mental room": closed on five sides and open on one, so that he can place his camera.

Marc uses a 3D process which is within everyone's reach, He develops his work in Selenium, giving them an old look with some red and green reflections.

He doesn't want to be considered only as a photographer, therefore, he can't be assimilated with a trend or a date. Marc Le Mené's artistic world is filled with visual references, derived from photography or cinema, all these works are unmistakably inspired by surrealism and cubism.

Mysterious and amazing, Marc's works can be assimilated with alchemy. In fact that artist is open about the traditional aspect of his work.


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EXHIBITIONS

1980
Espace Canon, Paris, France
1984
Salon photo, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Galerie Seibu, Tokyo, Japon
Ecole des Beaux- Arts, Lorient, France
1985
Centre National de la Photographie, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1987
Kodak Photo Salon, Osaka, Japon
Yvonne, Installation d'une vitrine, Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France
Photo Salon, Osaka, Japon
1988
Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France
Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, Japon
1990
Direction des Affaires Culturelles, Théssalonique, Grèce
1991
"Retour de Rome" - Galerie Vrais Rêves, Lyon, France
1992
Découverte, Galerie Pascal Gabert, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1993
Natures mortes, Festival de l'Image du Mans, le Mans, France
1994
Nocturnes, Institut Français, Budapest, Hongrie
1995
Picture photo space Osaka, Osaka, Japon
1996
Arles 96, projection de L'homme au chapeau et Songes et Mensonges, Théâtre antique, Arles
1997
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Valencia, Espagne
1999
"La Chambre Mentale" Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon, France
2000
“De ma fenètre” Espace Peiresc Toulon, France
2001
“Au gré de ma fantaisie”, Magasin Le Bon Marché, Paris
2003
Galerie Pascal Gabert, Paris, « Gouache, dessin sur photographie »
2004
"Surphotographies" Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon, France
2005
“D’Hebdomeros à l’homme au chapeau” - SCAM, Paris, France
“La chambre mentale” Institut Culturel Français - Budapest, Hongrie
Collaboration Institut Français Budapest / Galerie Vrais Rêves Lyon et Galerie Bolt Budapest
2008
“La chambre mentale” Festival Nicéphore – Clermont-Fd

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Musée Rodin, Paris, France
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris, France
Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Bretagne, France
Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France
Fonds national d'art contemporain, France
Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France
Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Suisse
Galerie du Château d'eau, Toulouse, France

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Claude Picasso, Paris
Graham Nash, USA
Agnés B, Paris
Claude Berri, France

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