Peter Downsbrough

Born in 1940 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Downsbrough was born in 1940 in New Brunswick (New Jersey). He lives and works mainly in Brussels.

His artistic career started in the late 1960s and his practice is in the lineage of minimalism. He trained to be an architect and has developed a strongly reduced visual vocabulary, which he uses to investigate the given space in a very personal and precise way. His material consists of letters and lines.

Peter Downsbrough: “With the word, one takes part in a dialogue, a discourse on its precise meaning.(…) The word for me is an object. It has both a precise and a vague meaning. It is a universe one is confronted with. But there is no obligatory way of reading.”

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Peter Downsbrough - Time - Kunstsaele, Berlin
2014
Peter Downsbrough - Photographs - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
Peter Downsbrough - LGLondon, London
Peter Downsbrough - Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie de multiples - GDM, Paris
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
2013
Peter Downsbrough - The Book(s) 1968-2013 - Fabra i Coats - Barcelona Contemporary Art Center, Barcelona
2012
Peter Downsbrough - LGLondon, London
The vide that is - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
2011
Peter Downsbrough - And Here + A Place To Be - Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
Peter Downsbrough - Platform3 - Räume für zeitgenössische Kunst, Munich
Peter Downsbrough - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
The Book(s) 1968-2011 - Florence Loewy, Paris
Peter Downbrough - Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
2010
Peter Downsbrough - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Peter Downsbrough - La BF15, Lyon
2009
Peter Downsbrough - Figge von Rosen Galerie Cologne, Cologne
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie ho, Marseille
PETER DOWNSBROUGH - Five Films and Two Books - Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels
Peter Downsbrough - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
2008
Peter Downsbrough - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels
2007
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels
Peter Downsbrough - Centre d’art contemporain la Synagogue de Delme, Delme
Peter Downsbrough - EXIT DELA - Galerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie de multiples - GDM, Paris
2006
Peter Downsbrough - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
2004
Peter Downsbrough - Films, vidéos et éditions - 1980-2004 - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Peter Downsbrough - FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris
Peter Downsbrough. Position - Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Main Building, Lodz
2003
Peter Downsbrough - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Peter Downsbrough - Argos, Brussels
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Evelyne Canus, Basel
2002
Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
2000
Peter Downsbrough - BUT/MAIS - Galerie Martine et Thibault de La Châtre, Paris
1999
Peter Downsbrough - Modèles - 1983-1998 - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
1998
Peter Downsbrough - Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus
1996
Inviter 2 / Peter Downsbrough - Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
1995
Peter Downsbrough - Rupert Walser, Munich
1992
Peter Downsbrough - Le Consortium, Dijon
1981
Peter Downsborough – Silhouette/Outline - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main


GROUP SHOWS

2015
A Set of Lines, A Stack of Paper - KARST, Plymouth
Void: There’s Nothing More Left, But A Little Trace From Human Being - Gingko Space, Beijing
Conversations Sur L'Invisible - Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
In/visible - IKOB – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen, Eupen
Words, Words, Words - Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Conversation sur I'invisible - Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Tabs – Temporary Artist Book Shop - LAGE EGAL - Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin
2014
Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus - Galerie de multiples - GDM, Paris
Was Modelle können - Eine kleine Geschichte des Architekturmodells in der zeitgenössischen Kunst - Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen
Friendly Takeover - MARTa Herford, Herford
Mais avant de mourir, j´aimerais savoir qui vous êtes - Cortex Athletico Galerie - Art Contemporain, Bordeaux
From the Collection - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
Bibliologie - FRAC - Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen
2013
Conversation Piece - PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
Clues - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Remuer ciel et terre - les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse
Upside Down: Specific Objects - Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Grimbergen
B.A.B.E - The Best Artists Books and Editors - Immanence, espace d'art contemporain, Paris
Propos d'Europe 11 : La Plasticité du langage - Fondation Hippocrène, Paris
Julian Pretto Gallery - Minus Space, New York City, NY
Entre-deux - Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
Rencontres Internationales - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
La persistencia de la geometría - Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City
On the revolution and its body - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
One of a Kind: Unique Artist’s Books - AC Institute, New York City, NY
Taratantara - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
4 Houses, Some Buildings and Other Spaces - 80 Washington Square East Galleries, Washington, DC
2012
So, This is Christmas - Galerie de multiples - GDM, Paris
Rencontres Internationales - Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Le Frac S'invite Au Consortium - FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
Drop Me a Line - LGLondon, London
Le Miroir et les Chemins - MAC's Grand Hornu - Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu
Project Inc. Revisited - Churner and Churner, New York City, NY
Collages - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Où donc, et quand ? - Château de Tanlay, Tanlay
Le Prince des rayons - Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels
Quand la lettre se fait image - Galerie l'antichambre, Chambéry
Espèces d’espaces - Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris
In Formal Structures - Cream Contemporary, Berlin
In Formal Structures - Andrae Kaufmann Gallery, Berlin
The Artist's Imprint - Emma Hill Fine Art / Eagle Gallery, London
2011
DIE FÜNFTE SÄULE - Wiener Secession, Vienna
IN OTHER WORDS: the place of text in recent art - Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
Partitions - Galerie ARKO, Nevers
Mr. Memory - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
Group Exhibition - Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
You Are Here - Projet Diligence, Nice
Construction in Process 1981 – the community tha - ms2 – Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Lodz
One Of A Kind - Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2010
Walking the Hinterland - Argos, Brussels
Art, Architecture, Design - Galerie Georges Verney-Carron, Lyon
Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism - Museum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Ecce Homo Ludens - Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
Modèles modèles 2 - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism - Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Season’s Favourites - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
Secret Guide to La Rambla - La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
Les Belles Images : Second Scénario - La Box - École Nationale Superieure d´Art de Bourges, Bourges
Spatial city: the architecture of idealism - INOVA - Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Landscape. Landscape? - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
in the face of spatial grandeur - Circuit, Lausanne
2009
Group Exhibition - Martine Aboucaya, Paris
GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words - SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
Una fábrica, una máquina, un cuerpo... - Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City
Dispositivos ópticos. La arquitectura como trayectorias de la mirada. - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla
The Filmic Conventions - FormContent project space, London
Season - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona
Tiempo como materia. Colección MACBA. Nuevas incorporaciones - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Dematerialised: Jack Wendler Gallery 1971 to 1974 - Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
Una Fábrica, una Máquina, un Cuerpo... Arqueología y Memoria de los Espacios Industriales - Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida
Drawings - Galerie Erna Hécey, Brussels
STILL / MOVING / STILL - Cultuurcentrum Knokke-Heist, Knokke-Heist
Argos - Open Lounge - Villa Merkel - Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen
argos open lounge - Argos, Brussels
2008
CHOOSING - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Hamburg, Hamburg
It's not only Rock 'n' Roll, Baby! - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
Dead Center / Marginal Notes: Peter Downsbrough / Jeanne Silverthorne - Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
Die Hände der Kunst - MARTa Herford, Herford
P2P - Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
2007
Ghosts - Galerie de multiples - GDM, Paris
Limited edition Part 1 - Exit11, Grand-Leez
Out of Place - Performing the Everyday - Argos, Brussels
Group Show II - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Link - mitterrand+cramer / art advisory, Geneva
2006
Videozone 3 - The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
The Full White Cube - Le Cube Blanc Plein - Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris
Being, in Brussels - Argos, Brussels
Summer Group Show - The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
X_Mass Editions & Multiples - GALERIE FREDERIC DESIMPEL, Brussels
2005
Art 45 - Par Amour - Galerie Georges Verney-Carron, Lyon
Le Tableau des Éléments - MAC's Grand Hornu - Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu
No Comments - Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
Opus, nouvelle présentation des collections permanentes - LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Le génie du lieu - Musée des beaux-arts Dijon, Dijon
Modèles modèles - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Daumenkino - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
journal # 8: Manon de Boer and Brussels - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
La perspective du cavalier - Centre d'Art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux
2004
La ville qui fait signe - Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
...dans la ville...(1) - Espace 36, Saint-Omer
NOT DONE! Het KUNSTenaarsboek - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
A Angles vifs - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
2003
10 Jahre Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim - Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus
Aus der Sammlung der französischen Gemeinschaft in Belgien - IKOB – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen, Eupen
1:1 x temps - quantités, proportions et fuites - FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
Histoires Contemporaines - IAC - Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne
Zona People 1974-1985 Non profit art space - Firenze - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Particules Elémentaires - Atelier 340 Muzeum, Brussels
2002
Main Spaces I & II: Topos - Atopos – Anatopos - CCNOA - Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels
French Collection - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
De concert, oeuvres d'une collection privée - FRAC - Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
Laurent Pariente & Peter Downsbrough - Galerie Cent8 - Serge le Borgne, Paris
2step - CCNOA - Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels
2001
à fur et à mesure, une collection, un point de vue - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2000
Espaces de circonstances - FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
La collection - Installations - Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon
Panorama of the productions of the Fresnoy - Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
1999
Espace, modes d'emploi - Centre d'Art Passerelle, Brest
Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000 - Les Champs de la Sculpture, Paris
Photos - Galerie Martine et Thibault de La Châtre, Paris
1998
Le Tresor : Ghosts - Le Consortium, Dijon
1997
Le bel aujourd - IAC - Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne
Inge Dick, Peter Downsbrough, Christiane Möbus - Rupert Walser, Munich
1996
Die Schrift des Raumes / Kunst Architektur Kunst - Museumsquartier, Vienna
Dem Absoluten empfiehlt sich… - Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus
1995
1965-1975: Reconsidering The Object Of Art - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Les Fragmentes du désir - FRAC - Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
Nouvelles acquisitions - FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
1993
Cartographies Imaginaires - LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq
1992
Lyon, ?ódz? : Muzeum Sztuki w ?odzi, 1931-1992 - Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon
Regard Multiple - Acquisitions de la Société des Amis du Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
1990
Broken Music - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1989
The Mindful Page - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Pas à côté, pas n'importe où - Villa Arson, Nice
1988
Gran Pavese, The Flag Project - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
1986
Robert Barry & Peter Downsbrough - Le Consortium, Dijon
1983
Presence Discrete - Musée des beaux-arts Dijon, Dijon
1981
Construction in Process I - Galeria Wschodnia, Lodz
Alternatives in Retrospect: An Overview 1969-1975 - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
Mise en pièces, mise en place, mise au point - Maison de la culture, Chalon sur Saône
1980
Printed Art - A View of two Decades - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1978
The Detective Show - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1977
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel
1976
Rooms - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1974
Discussions: Works/Words - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1972
Recent Work: Power Boothe, Peter Downsborough, Nancy Holt, Clark Murray, Jim Reineking - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY

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