Jean-Marie Appriou

Jean-Marie Appriou (b. 1986 in Brest, France) is based in Paris, where he currently lives and works.


It is with remarkable technical skill that Jean-Marie Appriou takes control of sculptural materials - aluminium, bronze, glass, clay, wax—to envisage fantastical worlds inhabited by human, animal and vegetal figures. Through their skillfully constructed scale, his often imposing works nevertheless maintain an intimate relationship with the viewer, as if to better communicate their disturbing strangeness.


Deeply dreamlike, Appriou’s material universe is imbued with telluric concerns approached from an original perspective: that of the legendary. Horses, snakes, locusts, sharks and seahorses compose a bestiary charged with powerful symbolism. They evolve in a dream realm, a marvellous natural world that becomes a theatre of striking characters. Sowers, gatherers, beekeepers and Japanese Ama divers—all represent figures of passage and transformation. The transition between elements—from the aquatic to the aerial, from the underground to the terrestrial—is one of the central themes of the artist's work.


From archaic ages to futuristic civilisations, between dinosaurs and child astronauts, Appriou produces visions on the edge of psychedelia, mixing pop culture and mythologies from Greek and Egyptian antiquity to science fiction. His sculpture combines the allegorical and the sensual, leaving his fingerprints visible on the material. He weaves a paradoxical narrative that unites the past and the future, the ideal and the perceptible, in a series of hallucinatory ecstasies

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Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
I, The Traveler, Langhe, Neviglie
PRC, MAGNETIC, MASSIMODECARLO, Hong Kong
A, Gemini, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna
F, La Constellation du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Centre Dominique-Vivant Denon, Paris
2022
UK, Ophelia, MASSIMODECARLO, London
PRC, Liquid Metal Dream, Perrotin, Shanghai
USA, Flamingo Soup, Clearing, Los Angeles
I, Art Club #35 Curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Villa Medici, Roma
2021
J, Event Horizon, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
F, Surface Horizon, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
CH, Fire On The Sea, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
D, Les Soleils de Lucy, Jan Kaps, Cologne
2020
USA, Very Rich Hours, Clearing New York, Brooklyn
2019
USA, The Horses, (organized by Public Art Fund), Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York
F, Seabed, Le Consortium, Dijon
US, Jean-Marie Appriou, Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York
2018
F, Open Space #1 Curated by Ludovic Delalandre & Claier Staebler, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
B, Griffe, langue, rose et écailles, Clearing, Brussels
CH, November, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
2017
D, Harvest, Jan Kaps, Cologne
USA, Abalon, Clearing, New York
2016
B, Raspberry Rising, Clearing, Brussels
2015
D, Salt Crystals, Jan Kaps, Cologne
2014
F, Sonde D'arc-en-taupe, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (Cur Gallien Déjean)
F, Juillet, Sculpture D'extérieur, Vent of Forêts, Fresnes-au-Mont
2013
F, Moyen Age, Ecole Municipale of the Beaux Arts, Gallery Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers
B, Keymousse Éditions, Vitrine, Brussels
2012
F, Ginger Succubes, Vitrine, Air De Paris, Paris
F, Kinkyramyk, Piacé-le-radieux, Bézar-le Corbusier, Piacé
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2024
M, White sea olive groves, Malta Biennial, Valletta
D, Eccentric. The Aesthetics of Freedom Curated by Eva Karcher and Bernhart Schwenk, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
D, The Persistence of a Present Past Curated by Jesi Khadivi, SOCIETE, Berlin
2023
USA, MAIDEN VOYAGE, Clearing, New York
A, Jean-Marie Appriou and Andrew Lord (forthcoming), Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna
D, I’ve Only Got Eyes for You, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf
I, Prospettive/Perspectives, Langhe Monferrato Roergo
D, Sammlung Boros, Boros, Berlino
F, Au hasard des oiseaux, Biennale de Saint-Paul de Vence, Saint-Paul de Vence
PRC, Shanghai·Jing’An International Sculpture Project, Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai
USA, CAB 5, CAB OPENING PUBLIC PROGRAMS, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago
F, Saint Paul de Vence Biennale, Saint Paul de Vence
CH, Melancolia, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
PRC, Nocturnal Ballads, Perrotin, Shanghai
ROK, Group Show, Galerie Eva Presenhuber X Taxa Seoul, Seoul
PRC, Tie To All The Earth, Teagan Art Space, Bejing
F, Printed Matters: La Chalcographie du Louvre au Consortium, Le Consortium, Dijon
F, Les Fleurs du Mal, Maison Guerlain, Paris
2022
F, In Bloom, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
F, Les Portes du possible. Art & science-fiction, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
CH, Earthing, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Waldmannstrasse, Zurich
CH, Jean-Marie Appriou, Amy Feldman, Louisa Gagliardi, Kris Lemsalu, Conny Maier, Sofia Mitsollt, Tobias Pils, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich
2021
SRB, The Dreamers, 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennal, Beograd
F, Bijoux, Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris
I, Portraiture One Century Apart, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
F, La Dame à la licorne, médiévale et si contemporaine, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
F, Jean-Marie Appriou, Sam Falls, Shara Hughes, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Paris
F, Grand Ménage, Clearing, Paris
B, Superamas, Clearing, Brussels
F, The Imaginary Sea, Fondation Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, Hyères
F, I'VE SEEN THINGS YOU PEOPLE WOULDN'T BELIEVE, FRAC Corsica, Corte
F, Souffler de son Souffle, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles

Public collections

Country
Location
Belgium
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels
China
Long Museum, Shanghai
France
CNAP, Paris
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
FRAC Corse
FRAC Ile de France
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Germany
Borros Collection, Berlin
Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf
United Kingdom
Zabludowicz Collection, London

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