Marc Couturier

Born in 1946 - France


Marc Emile Léon Couturier was born in 1946 in Mirebeau-sur-Beze (Côte-d'Or).

It's already the beginning of a story. A story of "revelation", of how he "stumbled" across things and then displayed them without making any changes. Framed samples put on a shelf, photographed and then identically reproduced, juxtaposed, combined...
An aucuba leaf acts as a stained glass, a plasterboard after floods namely (la « Fuite de Françoise, la voisine du dessus »), "a plastic pouch where a document remained for a long time and was found in the sea".

A simple stroll in the city of Amiens takes a whole new meaning when you come across a home of any Tom, Dick and Harry.

He stimulates people to think and reflect about what happens when our alertness goes further than our expectations. Even landscapes aren't treated as nature but as a creation. Marc Couturier sees the world like an accumulation of images, a sample or a drawing is inspired through music, or at least what is left of it but portrays them as little miracles.

His public collections: Collections publiques : Centre Pompidou, MNAM, Paris; Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; FRAC Alsace; FRAC Auvergne; FRAC Île de France; FRAC Limousin; FRAC des Pays de la Loire; FRAC Picardie; FRAC Rhône Alpes.

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1984 : Maison des Arts, Belfort. Musée du Prince Murat Château de Nointel.
1987 : Ateliers en liberté, Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas.
1988 : Le Creux de l'Enfer, Centre d'art contemporain, Thiers.
1989 : Galerie Michel Vidal, Paris.
1990 : FRAC des Pays de la Loire, La Garenne Lemot, Clisson. Galerie Andata/Ritorno, Genève. Centre d'art contemporain de Vassivière.
1991 : Galerie Michel Vidal, Paris. Galerie Gisèle Linder, Bâle.
1992 : Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris. FRAC Alsace, Strasbourg.
1993 : Galerie Plessis, Nantes. Les Dessins du troisième jour, Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas.
1994 : Entrepôt Leydet, Paris. CAC devassivière. In Khan Gallery, New-York. Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris. Galerie Saint Séverin, Paris.
1995 :TempleToji, Kyoto. Mitsuma GalleryTokyo.
1996 : Fondation Cartier, Paris. Installations extérieures des Dessins du troisième jour. quel jour sommes nous?, FRAC Picardie, Amiens.
1997 : Les Peintures du Mont Bégo seraient de simples lichens, Le Crestet.
1998 et 1999 : Galerie Praz -Delavallade, Paris.
2000 : Casia Francia Brasil, Rio de Janeiro.
2001 : Secrets, Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Paris. La Synagogue, CAC, Delme. FIAC, Paris, Galerie Praz-Delavallade.
2002 : Interface, Galerie Barnoud, Dijon. La Méditation des margesqes, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris.
2004 : Lithos art contemporain, Saint-Restitut. Galerie Stéphane Ackermann, Luxembourg.
2005 : Galerie Yves Iffrig, Strasbourg. ...Et le marais sanglote, Monastère royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse.
2oo6 : Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris.
2007 : Opéra, Château de Jau
2009 : Galerie Yves Iffrig, Strasbourg
2012 : Galerie Maeght, Paris ; Musée de la chasse et de la nature, Paris
2014, « Inside » Intervention murale monumentale, Palais de Tokyo
2015, « L’Aleph » Installation, Musée du quai Branly
2016, Artgenève 2016

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