Exhibition 21.03>25.08.13

Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot

Place Louis Deteix

63100 Clermont-Ferrand

Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-noon and 1pm-6pm

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Pierre COULIBEUF (France)

Corps—architectures—imaginaires - Exposition personnelle


in partnership with the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand





Six video installations: Somewhere in between (2004/2006), A Magnetic Space (2008), Delectatio morosa (1988/2006), L’Homme noir (1998/2006), The Warriors of Beauty (2002/2006), Le Démon du passage (The Demon of the Passageway) (1995/2006).

The works presented contrast two paradigms: city and nature; more precisely: architecture, on one hand; plants and water, on the other. And these two paradigms that, in the works Somewhere in Between and A Magnetic Space, direct the different positions, attitudes or gestures of the characters. In contact with the city or nature, the “actors” liberate forces that dismantle or disrupt the socialized body unit in favor of new human forms and new ways of being.


With L’Homme noir, the world becomes a fable, something that is told, that only exists in the story; in other words, an interpretation. The installation L’Homme noir is made up of four elements: Le Bureau de l’homme noir, Rubato, Who is Michelangelo Pistoletto? and 14 photographs. Several types of media are used to tell different versions of the fable.


Transversality is the main dimension of the presented works. The diverse realities of art: choreography, performance, cinema, music, and photography are involved here, but also architecture, economics, and philosophy. Territories overlap, intersect, or interpenetrate in the specific cinematic space.


Like a mise-en-abyme: Delectatio morosa, a tribute to Pierre Klossowski, whose concepts and visions have inspired Pierre Coulibeuf’s cinematic and visual art productions, from the beginning; in particular the concept of enactment.


Pierre Coulibeuf was born in Elbeuf (France). He lives in Paris. Film-maker and visual artist, in 1987 he began making experimental fictions that skilfully invest the field of art and in which changes of identity, split personalities and metamorphosis affect the universes and artists who inspire his works (Pierre Klossowski, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramovic, Jan Fabre, Meg Stuart). His numerous films, shot in 16 and 35mm—amongst which we can mention Balkan Baroque (1999), Les Guerriers de la beauté (2002), Somewhere in between (2004), Pavillon noir (2006)—, have been presented at numerous international film festivals, and subsequently in the form of installations in the contemporary art network. His works have entered some of the great collections in France and abroad.


Solo exhibitions (selection) : 2006 : Deichtorhallen-Haus der Photographie, Hamburg (Germany). 2007 : La Rada-Centre for contemporary art, Locarno (Switzerland). 2008 : Musée des Beaux-Arts, Brest (France); Stary Browar Art Center/Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan (Poland). 2009 : La Casa Encendida, Madrid (Spain); Fundaçào Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre (Brazil); Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne (France). 2010 : Museu Colecçào Berardo, Lisbon (Portugal) ; Fine Arts Museum, Yekaterinburg (Russia). 2011 : Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm (Russia); Oi Futuro, Belo Horizonte (Brazil). 2012 : Museum of Contemporary Art/MOCA, Chengdu, (China).