Jean-Luc Moulène

29.09.2012 — 25.11.2012

Modern Art Oxford

Jean-Luc Moulène at Modern Art Oxford is a solo exhibition of work by the seminal French artist (b.1955, Reims, France), tracing his practice from the early-nineties to the present, with an emphasis on recent work.  The exhibition presents a collection of sculptures or ‘objects’, drawings, photographs and a newly commissioned film.

Alongside Moulène’s renowned photographic work, his practice has often included manufactured objects, drawings and prints - a celebration of the act of making as fundamental to human activity, and evidence of his enduring interest in anthropology and material cultures of the past.  The ongoing relationship between image and object at the heart of Moulène’s practice forms a central theme of this exhibition. The works also reveal a use of mathematics and geometry that is at the core of the formulation of his works.

The exhibition shows several series of works including his celebrated monochromes painted with BIC pen inks and his remarkable sculptural knots made from blown glass and cast bronze. Evocative of a ceremony or procession, the works are placed according to a precise spatial structure that extends through the upper galleries, culminating with the film The  Three Graces.

After gaining his degree in Art and Literature from the Sorbonne University (Paris, 1976), Moulène moved from performance to photography and drawing.  This is the first major exhibition of his work in the UK. He lives and works in Paris, France.

Jean-Luc Moulène's new glass sculptures were produced and fabricated at The International Glass and Visual Arts Research Centre / CIRVA, Marseille.


Jean-Luc Moulène in conversation with Chris Dercon, 25 October 2012 from Modern Art Oxford on Vimeo.


Jean-Luc Moulène, 2012 installation shot, © Modern Art Oxford.

Photography: Stuart Whipps

Event Dates

  • Upper Gallery, Middle Galleries, John Piper Gallery and Cafe 29.09.2012 — 25.11.2012

    The first major solo exhibition of celebrated French artist Jean-Luc will be at Modern Art Oxford from 29 September 2012.

  • In Conversation with Chris Dercon 25.10.2012 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Jean-Luc Moulène is joined in conversation with Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern. £5 / £4 concessions, booking essential.


    In Conversation with Chris Dercon Full Price Ticket — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

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  • Exhibition Tour: Elisa Schaar 08.11.2012 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Elisa Schaar leads a tour of Jean-Luc Moulène’s exhibition. Schaar is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford. She specialises in postwar art with an emphasis on issues of mass culture, mass media and appropriation as an artistic strategy. Free, just turn up.

  • Exhibition Tour: Emily Korchmáros 24.11.2012 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join Emily Korchmáros, Curator at Modern Art Oxford for a tour of Jean-Luc Moulène’s exhibition during its final weekend.
 Free, just turn up.

Event Support & Sponsors

The Henry Moore Foundation, Fluxus, Institut Français

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