The French government has selected Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to represent the nation at next year’s Venice Biennale. The artist, who shows with Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, beat out Tatiana Trouvé for the honor.
Mr. Boursier-Mougenot, who makes sculptures and installations using a very, very wide variety of materials, is probably best known for his work involving electrified guitars that he places in rooms with live birds, which create music when they alight on the instruments.
He has had recent one-person shows at the Barbican in London, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., and Milan’s Hangar Bicocca. His Venice Biennale appearance is being organized by Emma Lavigne, a curator of contemporary and emerging art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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