jean michel othoniel


(Saint-Étienne, France 1964. He lives and works in Paris, France) Fond of metamorphoses and materials with reversible properties, Othoniel expresses his art through drawings, photographs, sculptures, and videos. In 1993 he introduced glass into his work and began to explore its properties. Transformations, mutations of materials, and rites of passage from one state to another echo an essential rite in his work: that of journey and memory. The notion of wound or injury is also at the heart of his art: in 1997, he created Collier Cicatrice, a small necklace made of red glass. He has participated in the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary art, such as Documenta 9 (Kassel) in 1992, Fèminine/Masculin at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1994, Heaven at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, and The Kwangju Biennale in Korea in 2000. His installations were displayed at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 1997 and 2006. In 2000, he created his permanent installation Le Kiosque des Noctambules for the centenary of the Paris metro. In 2003, he conceived Crystal Palace for the Cartier Foundation in Paris and for MOCA in Miami, asking glassblowers in Venice and Marseille to create enigmatic sculptures incorporating jewellery, architecture, and erotic objects.


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