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Marc Desgrandchamps


Marc Desgrandchamps was born 1960 in Sallanches. He lives and works in Lyon.



Marc Desgrandchamps (born in 1960) lives and works in Lyon (France). Marc Desgrandchamps, leading painter figure painter of the French art scene, plays with the notions of opacity, transparency and superimposition. If his painting is figurative, indeed we recognize bodies and landscapes, the perspective is often twisted, space is indefinite, and suddenly anomalies arise: bodies and objects are fragmented. His works references comes from many universes (art history, photography, cinema, literature and music), it raises the question of the medium’ specificities and experiences the limits of figuration. He paints, according to his own words, " a painting of doubt, doubt of the figure, doubt of presence, doubt even of painting". Another recurrent motif in its artistic practice, the feminine figure, and especially the one of the bathers, occupies a central place. Marc Desgrandchamps has benefited from several major exhibitions, especially in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (2004), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon (2004), the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (2005), the National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Georges Pompidou (2006), as well as an important retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (2011). In addition, his work is present in French institutional collections (FRAC Ile-de-France - Le Plateau in Paris, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Saint-Étienne, Regional Museum of Contemporary Art Languedoc-Roussillon in Sérignan, Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg).

Selected exhibitions

  • 2019
    • Galerie Lelong, Paris , France
    • Chapelle des Cordeliers, Toulouse, France
  • 2018
    • Mairie de Biarritz, Biarritz, France
    • Château de Poncé, Poncé-sur-le-Loir, France
  • 2017
    • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France
    • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
    • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
  • 2016
    • Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
    • Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, Allemagne
  • 2015
    • Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Allemagne
  • 2014
    • Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2013
    • Palais Pisztory, Bratislava, Slovaquie
    • Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul, France
    • Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Allemagne
  • 2012
    • VOG centre d'art contemporain de la ville de Fontaine, Fontaine, France
    • EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, Allemagne
  • 2011
    • Galerie Dialogue Space, Pékin, Chine
    • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM/ARC), Paris, France
    • Le Carré Sainte-Anne, Montpellier, France
  • 2010
    • Today Art Museum, Pékin, Chine
  • 2008
    • Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
      • Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France
      • Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
      • Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix (MASC), Les Sables d'Olonne, France
      • Institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France
      • Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg, France
      • FRAC - Ile-de-France - Le Plateau, Paris, France
      • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
      • Musée National d'Art Moderne - MNAM, Paris, France
      • Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne (MAMC), Saint-Etienne, France
      • Musée Régional D'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
      • Musée Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Allemagne
      • Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes (IAC), Villeurbanne, France
      • Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône, France

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