Valentin Carron

Born in 1977 in Martigny (Switzerland), VALENTIN CARRON lives and works there.
A poacher artist, he bases his practice on appropriation strategies.
Heir to pop art, and a resident of Valais, he looks at the landscapes he lives in. The works of art in public spaces or Swiss museums and foundations, the objects surrounding them, or the architecture of the Valais are sources of inspiration for the artist, which he diverts in a logic of subversion and play.
Through the switch of material, he allows himself to formally recreate certain existing works of art. From granite to resin, from leather to glass, he pays homage with humour and casualness to sculptures from the past.
Valentin Carron thus deconstructs codes and hierarchies in art, highlighting forms that have fallen into disuse. It is not a question of copying, but of interpreting vernacular or artistic forms. The content, the form, the meaning are therefore three keys to understand his work, which is itself in perpetual transformation.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions: at the Kunsthalle in Bern, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Ceuti/Mursia, the Kunsthalle Zürich, the Swiss Institute in New York, the Chisenhale Gallery in London (with Mai-Thu Perret), the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (with Mai-Thu Perret), the Fri Art in Freiburg; and group exhibitions: at the SculptureCenter in New York, the MuDAC in Lausanne, the Migros museum für gegenwartskunst in Zurich, the Kunsthaus in Aarau, the Consortium of Dijon, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the Musée Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, the CAPC - musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.
Valentin Carron represented Switzerland at the 55th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2013.
Kamel Mennour and Valentin Carron have been working together since 2015.

Works

Untitled - © kamel mennour
Untitled, 2021
Exhibition view, Museum im Bellpark, Kriens - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, 2021
Exhibition view, Barrage de Mauvoisin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Barrage de Mauvoisin, 2020
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon, 2020
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London, 2019
merci gustavE - © kamel mennour
merci gustavE, 2019
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon, 2020
Disgust And Tonic - © kamel mennour
Disgust And Tonic, 2019
A Cold Man Advancing - © kamel mennour
A Cold Man Advancing, 2014
The great object (after André Gigon) - © kamel mennour
The great object (after André Gigon), 2014
Gradient, Neon and Dog - © kamel mennour
Gradient, Neon and Dog, 2017
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2015
The sour ricotta stands out and laughed blindly - © kamel mennour
The sour ricotta stands out and laughed blindly, 2016
Exhibition view, Art Unlimited, Basel - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Art Unlimited, Basel, 2019
I quattro uccelli - © kamel mennour
I quattro uccelli, 2017
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich, 2007
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Le Consortium, Dijon, 2020
Lamento in grigio e rosso - © kamel mennour
Lamento in grigio e rosso, 2016
Belt hanging on the wall - © kamel mennour
Belt hanging on the wall, 2014
Exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2010
Exhibition view, Swiss Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Swiss Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013
Débris - © kamel mennour
Débris, 2014
Acajou ciel olive - © kamel mennour
Acajou ciel olive, 2018
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes, 2018
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Bern - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Bern, 2014
Teflon longways Wearily - © kamel mennour
Teflon longways Wearily, 2013
Untitled - © kamel mennour
Untitled, 2015
Exhibition view, Lübecker Kunstverein, Lübeck - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Lübecker Kunstverein, Lübeck, 2015
La main dans le marbre - © kamel mennour
La main dans le marbre, 2017
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes, 2018
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich, 2007
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2015
Père et fils - © kamel mennour
Père et fils, 2014
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Galerie Art et Essai, Rennes, 2018
Exhibition view, Centre d'Edition Contemporaine, Genève - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre d’Edition Contemporaine, Genève, 2016
Quatre coups de marteau - © kamel mennour
Quatre coups de marteau, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, Swiss Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Swiss Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013
Le losange le carré la bouteille - © kamel mennour
Le losange le carré la bouteille, 2017
Exhibition view, Art Basel - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Art Basel, 2009
Feu ultra fonce - © kamel mennour
Feu ultra fonce, 2018
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kunsthalle Zurich, 2007

Exhibitions & News

François Morellet - Musée d’art et d'histoire de Genève - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Alicja Kwade, François Morellet, 10 milliards d’années
22 July — 30 October 2022
Musée d’art et d'histoire, Geneva
Valentin Carron - Esch‑sur‑Alzette - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Nothing Is Permanent
17 June — 11 November 2022
Esch‑sur‑Alzette
Valentin Carron - Aargauer Kunsthaus - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Ugo Rondinone, Before · Between · Beyond
15 May — 7 August 2022
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Valentin Carron - Museum im Bellpark - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, La petite Californie
20 November 2021 — 27 February 2022
Museum im Bellpark, Kriens
Ann Veronica Janssens  - KANAL - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Ann Veronica Janssens, Ugo Rondinone, It Never Ends
24 September 2020 — 25 April 2021
Kanal — Centre Pompidou, Brussels
On the Razor’s Edge - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Michel François, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj, Alfredo Jaar, Ugo Rondinone, On the Razor’s Edge
18 August 2020 — 14 February 2021
Museo Jumex, Mexico
Valentin Carron - Le Consortium - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Zéro Virgule Nul
13 March — 18 October 2020
Le Consortium, Dijon
Valentin Carron - Musée de Bagnes - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Un Ami Simple
20 June — 4 October 2020
Barrage de Mauvoisin
Allô, Allô Alluvium - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Allô, Allô Alluvium
7 November — 7 December 2019
Opening 06 November 2019, 18:00
Été indien - © kamel mennour
Group show, Été indien
5 September — 5 October 2019
Opening 05 September 2019, 15:45
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Céleste Temesta - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, Céleste Temesta
7 September — 8 October 2017
kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris 6
Winter show - © kamel mennour
Group show, Winter show
11 December 2015 — 23 January 2016
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
L'autoroute du soleil à minuit - © kamel mennour
Valentin Carron, L’autoroute du soleil à minuit
24 January — 21 March 2015
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6

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