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Tatiana Trouvé

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: Somewhere, 18-12-95. An Unknown. 1981, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, January 18–March 9, 2014 Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Roman März

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: Somewhere, 18-12-95. An Unknown. 1981, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, January 18–March 9, 2014

Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Roman März

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2015 Metal, wood, ink, and rope, in 3 parts, overall: 11 feet 5 ⅞ inches × 24 feet 11 ¼ inches × 31 feet 2 inches (350 × 760 × 950 cm)Installation view, Central Park, New York, March 3–August 30, 2015© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Emma Cole

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2015

Metal, wood, ink, and rope, in 3 parts, overall: 11 feet 5 ⅞ inches × 24 feet 11 ¼ inches × 31 feet 2 inches (350 × 760 × 950 cm)
Installation view, Central Park, New York, March 3–August 30, 2015
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Emma Cole

Tatiana Trouvé, Equivalence, 2015 (detail) Patinated bronze, metal, and copper, dimensions variable, edition of 3© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Rob McKeever

Tatiana Trouvé, Equivalence, 2015 (detail)

Patinated bronze, metal, and copper, dimensions variable, edition of 3
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Rob McKeever

Tatiana Trouvé, Notes on Sculptures, September 15th, “Jill,” 2016, 2016 Patinated bronze and stone, 34 ¼ × 31 ⅞ × 19 ¾ inches (87 × 81 × 50 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Claire Dorn

Tatiana Trouvé, Notes on Sculptures, September 15th, “Jill,” 2016, 2016

Patinated bronze and stone, 34 ¼ × 31 ⅞ × 19 ¾ inches (87 × 81 × 50 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Claire Dorn

Tatiana Trouvé, From 2002 to 2016, 2017 Patinated bronze and paint, 42 ½ × 3 ⅝ × 3 ⅝ inches (108 × 9 × 9 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Ringo Cheung

Tatiana Trouvé, From 2002 to 2016, 2017

Patinated bronze and paint, 42 ½ × 3 ⅝ × 3 ⅝ inches (108 × 9 × 9 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Ringo Cheung

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2018 Patinated bronze, granite, and copper, 31 ½ × 20 ⅛ × 29 ½ inches (82.5 × 51 × 75 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2018

Patinated bronze, granite, and copper, 31 ½ × 20 ⅛ × 29 ½ inches (82.5 × 51 × 75 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Prepared Space, Navigation Map, Tel Aviv, 2018, 2018 Patinated bronze and wood with incisions in the floor and walls, overall dimensions variableInstallation view, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, June 7–September 29, 2018© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Elad Sarig

Tatiana Trouvé, Prepared Space, Navigation Map, Tel Aviv, 2018, 2018

Patinated bronze and wood with incisions in the floor and walls, overall dimensions variable
Installation view, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, June 7–September 29, 2018
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Elad Sarig

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé, Gagosian, Rome, June 1–September 25, 2018 Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé, Gagosian, Rome, June 1–September 25, 2018

Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2018 Pencil and bleach on paper, mounted on canvas, 60 ¼ × 94 ½ inches (153 × 240 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2018

Pencil and bleach on paper, mounted on canvas, 60 ¼ × 94 ½ inches (153 × 240 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2018 Pencil and bleach on paper, mounted on canvas, 60 ¼ × 94 ½ inches (153 × 240 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2018

Pencil and bleach on paper, mounted on canvas, 60 ¼ × 94 ½ inches (153 × 240 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

About

I’m rather fond of the idea that things appear from the moment they are deformed, in the play between what is identical and different, between repetition, alteration, and renewal—like the movement my voice makes in its journey in front of the mountain’s belly, which allows me to measure the architecture of the mountain.
—Tatiana Trouvé

In her large-scale drawings, cast and carved sculptures, and site-specific installations, Tatiana Trouvé assesses the relationship between memory and material, pitting the ceaseless flow of time against the remarkable endurance of common objects. By pushing the very definitions of “copy,” “echo,” and “image,” she invents, even inhabits, environments that straddle studio, street, landscape, and dream.

Trouvé was born in Cosenza, Italy, and spent her childhood and early teenage years in Dakar. After graduating from the Villa Arson, Nice, France, in 1989, she moved to the Netherlands to the Ateliers 63 in Haarlem for two years. In 1994, she moved to Paris, eventually establishing her studio in Montreuil, a historically industrial suburb on the eastern periphery of the city. In 1997, while searching for a job, she began the project Bureau d’activités implicites (Bureau of Implicit Activities) (1997–2007), in which she displayed her personal documents in architectural “modules,” interspersing them with invented résumés and other fictionalized papers. This experiment in crafting and comprehending identity through a bureaucratic lens, a foundation for Trouvé’s archival impulse, allowed her to accumulate a vast collection of images and small objects that are referenced in her drawings and sculptures. In the sculptural series Polders (2000–), Trouvé scales up objects and interiors, yet often implements windows or mirrors that prevent the viewer from getting physically into the spaces. Thus, while accumulated documents reveal the fictions of identity formation in Bureau d’activités implicites, in Polders, physical limitations alienate the mind and body from seemingly familiar interiors.

Trouvé’s drawings have always been deeply intertwined with her sculptural work. Often, she projects visual fragments from the studio or from her personal archive of found and original images onto the picture plane, capturing them there in graphite to create richly detailed two-dimensional realms. In the series Intranquillity (2005–), whose title refers to Fernando Pessoa’s 1982 Book of Disquiet (Intranquillité in the French translation), Trouvé experiments with different modes of spatiotemporal shifting. The works comprising the series Remanence (Afterglow) (2008–), drawn in black graphite on black paper, reveal the surprises and the inconsistencies of memory, considering the liminal space between waking and dreaming. A similar relationship exists between the series Les dessouvenus (The unremembered) (2013–) and The Great Atlas of Disorientation (2019–). To make the former, Trouvé plunges large sheets of colored paper into bleach, allowing the boundaries of each stain to provide a loose structure for complex “environmental dramas” that she then draws in pencil. To create the latter, she uses watercolor, ink, or linseed oil to defamiliarize the compositional structures of Les dessouvenus.

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Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: The Great Atlas of Disorientation, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation

In this video, Tatiana Trouvé provides an overview of her latest installation, presented at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The exhibition, whose title translates to The Great Atlas of Disorientation, includes a selection of drawings and sculptures that create fantastical landscapes where reality engages in infinite exchanges with its doubles.

Tatiana Trouvé’s studio, Montreuil, France, 2021

In Conversation
Tatiana Trouvé and Jean-Michel Geneste

Tatiana Trouvé speaks with Jean-Michel Geneste, archaeologist and curator, about the paradoxes of her practice: absence and presence, the ancient and the contemporary, the natural and the human-made.

Tatiana Trouvé, The Residents, installation view, sculpture with jacket on water, Orford Ness, Suffolk, England

Tatiana Trouvé: The Residents

Tatiana Trouvé discusses her installation The Residents (2021), commissioned by Artangel for the exhibition Afterness on Orford Ness, a former military testing site in Suffolk, England

Tatiana Trouvé in her Paris studio.

Behind the Art
Tatiana Trouvé: In the Studio

Join the artist in her studio as she speaks about her new series of drawings, From March to May. Trouvé describes the genesis of the project and the essential role its creation played in keeping her connected with the outside world during the difficult months of pandemic-related lockdown.

Installation view of Urs Fischer’s Untitled (2011) in Ouverture, Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris, 2021. Artwork © Urs Fischer, courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Niney et Marca Architectes, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Bourse de Commerce

William Middleton traces the development of the new institution, examining the collaboration between the collector François Pinault and the architect Tadao Ando in revitalizing the historic space. Middleton also speaks with artists Tatiana Trouvé and Albert Oehlen about Pinault’s passion as a collector, and with the Bouroullec brothers, who created design features for the interiors and exteriors of the museum.

Tatiana Trouvé, April 4th, The New York Times; April 11th, South China Morning Post, China from the series From March to May, 2020, inkjet print and pencil on paper, 16 ⅝  × 23 ¼ inches (42.1 × 59 cm)

Tatiana Trouvé: From March to May

A portfolio of the artist’s drawings made during lockdown. Text by Jesi Khadivi.

Jenny Saville’s Prism (2020) on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly magazine.

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Winter 2020

The Winter 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Jenny Saville’s Prism (2020) on its cover.

Tatiana Trouvé, Between sky and earth, 2012–.

Tatiana Trouvé: In Time

In upstate New York, Jenny Jaskey discovers Tatiana Trouvé’s Between sky and earth. Begun in 2012, this multifaceted installation exists as a crucial nexus in the artist’s career, both a result of her ongoing practice and a generative source for continuing investigations.

Before the Smoke Has Cleared

Before the Smoke Has Cleared

Angela Brown provides a glimpse into the charged ecologies of recent drawings and sculptures by Tatiana Trouvé. These works will be included in On the Eve of Never Leaving, Trouvé’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, opening in November 2019.

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.

Trouvé and Grosse: Villa Medici

Trouvé and Grosse: Villa Medici

Tatiana Trouvé and Katharina Grosse discuss their exhibition Le numerose irregolarità, at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici, with curator Chiara Parisi.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Gagosian Quarterly with a cover by Ed Ruscha is now available for order.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Gerhard Richter; © Amoako Boafo; © Richard Prince; © 2022 Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Stanley Whitney. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2022

December 1–3, 2022, Booth D5
Miami Beach Convention Center
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Gagosian is pleased to present a selection of modern and contemporary works at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. Returning to Miami for the fair’s twentieth anniversary, the gallery is honored to have participated each year the fair has been held.

Gagosian’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Gerhard Richter; © Amoako Boafo; © Richard Prince; © 2022 Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Stanley Whitney. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Gagosian’s booth at West Bund Art & Design 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Adam McEwen, © Roe Ethridge, © Alex Israel, © Harmony Korine. Photo: JJYPHOTO

Art Fair

West Bund Art & Design 2022

November 11–13, 2022, booth A102
West Bund Art Center, Shanghai
westbundshanghai.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in the ninth edition of West Bund Art & Design. The gallery will present new works made for the fair by Georg Baselitz, Roe Ethridge, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Harmony Korine, Adam McEwen, Jim Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Spencer Sweeney, and Tatiana Trouvé, alongside works by Ashley Bickerton, Urs Fischer, Katharina Grosse, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ugo Rondinone, Ed Ruscha, Richard Wright, and Zeng Fanzhi.

Gagosian’s booth at West Bund Art & Design 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Adam McEwen, © Roe Ethridge, © Alex Israel, © Harmony Korine. Photo: JJYPHOTO

Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2022)

Book Signing

Tatiana Trouvé
Le grand atlas de la désorientation

Sunday, July 10, 2022, 4pm
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

Tatiana Trouvé will be signing copies of her new book, Le grand atlas de la désorientation, which accompanies an exhibition of the same name, on view at Centre Pompidou, Paris, through August 22, 2022. The catalogue features 250 drawings by Trouvé from 1990 to the present day and includes texts by Laura Hoptman, executive director of the Drawing Center, New York, and Jean-Pierre Criqui, curator of the Pompidou exhibition. The event is free to attend.

Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2022)

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Museum Exhibitions

Tatiana Trouvé, Polder, 2001, installation view, West Bund Museum, Shanghai © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Liang Xiaobo

On View

The Voice of Things
Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection, Volume II

Through February 5, 2023
West Bund Museum, Shanghai
www.westbund.com

The title of this exhibition is taken from the iconic collection of prose poems published in 1942 by French poet and resistance fighter Francis Ponge (1899–1988). In it, he describes the beauty of banality and opens up a new way of looking at everyday objects and bringing them to life. Organized as part of a five-year partnership with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, this exhibition brings together emblematic artworks from the Centre Pompidou’s collection, ranging from the early twentieth-century avant-garde to contemporary works that question our globalized world. Work by Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Tatiana Trouvé is included.

Tatiana Trouvé, Polder, 2001, installation view, West Bund Museum, Shanghai © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Liang Xiaobo

Tatiana Trouvé, Les indéfinis, 2018 © Tatiana Trouvé

On View

What a Wonderful World

Through March 12, 2023
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
www.maxxi.art

This exhibition brings together major installations by fourteen international artists including key works from the museum’s collection and others commissioned for the occasion. The works on display investigate issues of scientific and technological progress relating to the challenges of the contemporary era. Work by Carsten Höller and Tatiana Trouvé is included.

Tatiana Trouvé, Les indéfinis, 2018 © Tatiana Trouvé

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation, Centre Pompidou, Paris, June 8–August 22, 2022. Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Thomas Lannes

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Tatiana Trouvé
Le grand atlas de la désorientation

June 8–August 22, 2022
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

Invited to take over an eight-hundred-square-meter gallery at the Centre Pompidou, Tatiana Trouvé employs a variety of materials to re-create its floor. On this reconfigured surface she presents a group of drawings, some previously unseen and some made expressly for the exhibition, whose title translates to The Great Atlas of Disorientation. A selection of sculptures and constructed elements complete this fantastical landscape where reality engages in infinite exchanges with its doubles.

Installation view, Tatiana Trouvé: Le grand atlas de la désorientation, Centre Pompidou, Paris, June 8–August 22, 2022. Artwork © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2019, installation view, Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris © Tatiana Trouvé, ADAGP Paris 2021

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Tatiana Trouvé in
Oeuvres in situ

May 22, 2021–January 17, 2022
Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris
www.pinaultcollection.com

This show, whose title translates to In Situ Works, is part of Ouverture, an inaugural series of exhibitions at Bourse de Commerce. The presentation aims to highlight the relationship that artists can have with an exhibition space, as well as their relationship to a museum and its visitors. The works, which include eight sculptures from Tatiana Trouvé’s series The Guardian, are installed outside of the museographic framework in the venue’s thoroughfares and passageways, under the dome, and at the top of the Medici Column, surprising visitors.

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2019, installation view, Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris © Tatiana Trouvé, ADAGP Paris 2021

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