Xavier Veilhan arrives for the first time in Rio de Janeiro

The artist who has already represented France at the Venice Biennale, produced an installation for the recent Chanel shows and has works at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, now opens his solo show at Nara Roesler

Xavier Veilhan
Xavier Veilhan. Photo: Diane Arques

Renowned French artist Xavier Veilhan brings large-scale works to his first solo exhibition in Rio de Janeiro at gallery Nara Roesler. Between sculptures two meters high, other wooden kinetics, and a large mobile over four meters high, Veilhan tensions the relationship between the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, occupying two floors of the gallery. 

Although Veilhan conceives sculptures of bodies identical to the models – who can be his close friends, workshop assistants and others –, his poetics is found in the artificial language that transits between human affectivity and the modernity of current technologies. Even so, his research also focused on materials with a lower environmental impact, such as silver, solid wood, plywood, mineral concrete and non-polluting varnish. 

Very connected to music and architecture, the artist updates the idea of portrait by representing big names from these two areas with sculptures with a pixelated effect dedicated to the famous producer Tom Moulton – considered the father of disco music and remixes, as well as breakdowns, which enabled the creation of hip hop – and to the architect Renzo Piano, who designed the Center Pompidou.

The exhibition also counts on the interaction of the public, who will be able to manually activate the three works cocards (I, II and III, of 2022) – To scratch, in Portuguese –, in addition to a text available to the public with an interview by the artist to the Brazilian artist Lucia Koch.


Xavier Veilhan

Location: Nara Roesler Gallery
Address: Rua Redentor, 241, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Date: From September 10 to October 29, 2022.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm. On Saturdays, from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Ticket: Free

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