The Fight Against Vegetation


Curated by Mark Mangion

10 June → 4 July 2010
Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta

Between vandalism and minimal aesthetics, romanticism and Land Art, the work of Cyprien Gaillard (born in 1980 in Paris, lives and works in Berlin) questions man's traces in nature in an iconoclastic way. Through sculpture, painting, etching, photography, video, performance and large-scale interventions in public space, Gaillard has established himself as a major emerging artist on the international scene.

The Fight Against Vegetation focuses on three of Cyprien Gaillard's major film works. From the mesmerising and disturbing Cities of Gold and Mirrors (2009) shot in Cancun and contrasting American youth culture with archeological ruin and the new architectural landscape to the silent but aggressive The Lake Arches (2006), where a young man breaks his nose diving into an artificial lake in a modernist development to his 30-minute long film Desniansky Raion (2007) conceived as a triptych and accompanied by the spherical music of Koudlam, the opening shot focuses on the monumental 35-storey dilapidated West gate of Belgrade, the Genex-Tower. The subsequent scenes shift to street fights of hooligans in a suburb of St. Petersburg; the spectacular detonation of a Parisian apartment complex accompanied by a lightshow, fireworks and music and finally the Bird’s-eye-view on a desolate housing complex in the district called Desniansky Raion in wintry Kiev resonant of Stonehenge's architectural formations.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Cyprien Gaillard, Live at Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London
Obstacles to renewal, Kunsthalle Basel
Cyprien Gaillard, Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin
Pruitt-Igoe Falls - Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors - Bugada & Cargnel, Paris
Sedimented Landscapes, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
Glasgow 2014, The Hayward Gallery Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, curated by Tom Morton
The Lake Arches, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Desniansky Raion, Cosmic Gallery, Paris

Selected Group Exhibitions
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
Les Promesse du Passe, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Arrivals & Departures_Europe, Mole Vanvittiana, Ancona
Performa 09 - Performa, New York City, NY
Pruitt-Igoe Falls - MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Architecture and its Discontents - Kaleidoscope, Milan
Mermaids vs. Unicorns - I-20 Gallery, New York City, NY
Modernism as a Ruin, An Archaeology of the Present, Generali Foundation, Vienna, curated by Sabine Folie 
THE OBJECT IS THE MIRROR (PART II) - Wilkinson Gallery, London (England)
5. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst - , Berlin
Fragile Democracy - new international photography - Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland 
The Punishment of Lust and Luxury - Mihai Nicodim Gallery (former Kontainer Gallery), Los Angeles, CA
Black & White - IBID Projects - Vyner Street , London (England
The History Of A Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, Lyon Biennale 2007, Lyon, France, curated by Stephanie Moisdon and Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Dynasty, ARC, Musée d'art moderne de la ville e Paris and Palais de Tokyo, Paris
40 Lives Of One Space, Special Project 3 Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art,

Selected Upcoming Exhibitions
Perpetual Battles, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow 
The Original Copy : Photography of Sculpture,1839 to Today, MOMA, New York
Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Italy
Aichi Triennial, Nagoya
Disquieting Landscapes - Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt 
Cyprien Gaillard, Mario Garcia Torres, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington

Cyprien Gaillard is represented by Laura Bartlet Gallery, London, Bugada & Cargnel Gallery, Paris and Sprüth Magers Berlin Gallery, Berlin