Matthieu Laurette (born 1970 in Villeneuve Saint Georges, France) is a media and conceptual contemporary French artist who works in a variety of media, from TV and video to installation and public interventions. Laurette uses various strategies to explore the relationships between conceptual art, Pop art, Institutional Critique, economics and contemporary society. His best known works are Apparitions (1993-ongoing), Money-back Products (Produits remboursés) (19912001), Citizenship Project (1996-ongoing), El Gran Trueque (2000) Déjà vu, The International Look-alike Conventions (2000-ongoing), I AM AN ARTIST (1998-ongoing), THINGS: Purchased With Funds Provided By (2010 2020) and Tropicalize Me! (2011-ongoing).
In 1993, Laurette declared himself an artist in a French TV gameshow called Tournez manège (The Dating Game). When the presenter asked him who he was he replied: 'A multimedia artist'. Laurette had sent out invitations to an art audience to view the show on TV from their homes.
Laurette's work has been shown in venues such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York (1998); the ICA-Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1999 & 2003); de Appel, Amsterdam (2000 & 2013); 49th Venice Biennale (2001); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2001); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2002); Artsonje Center, Seoul (2002); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003 & 2006); Biennal de Pontevedra (2004); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, N.Y (2005); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005); Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris (2005); Kunsthalle & Kunstforum, Vienna (2005); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006); MoMA-Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); MNAM-Centre Pompidou, Paris (1997, 2000, 2004, 2007 & 2009); Z33, Hasselt (2012); Mac/Val - Musée d'art contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur Seine (2012, 2015, 2016); Museo La Tertulia, Cali (2013); Parallel, Oaxaca (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen (2016); Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico D.F (2016) and IVAM, Valencia (2016). In 2003 he was awarded the Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard Prize.
Download here: Matthieu Laurette, COMMODITIES featuring Jeff Koons, Robert Ryman and Andy Warhol.
Exh. cat. 24 pages, colour
2004, ed. Deweer Art Gallery (Otegem). PDF File size : 9,2 mo (High resolution)
Download here: Matthieu Laurette presents Free Sample Demix. Essay by Alexis Vaillant; documentation of works 1993-1998; biography; exhibition chronology; bibliography. ed. 1000, not numbered..
Artist publication / Exh. cat. 96 pages, colour / Black & White
1998, ed. Galerie Jousse Seguin (Paris). PDF File size : 45,9 mo (High resolution)