Stéphane Couturier

Born in 1957 in Neuilly sur Seine, Stéphane Couturier currently lives and works in Paris.


In 1994, Stéphane Couturier showed his first works in a series called 'Urban Archaeology', viewing the city as a living organism with multiple aspects. He photographed it deliberately avoiding anything that suggested poetry, nostalgia or strangeness.

 
From 1999 on, Stéphane Couturier was increasingly drawn to suburbs and began to focus on a different type of landscape: on the one hand, by tackling housing blocks and high-rises in his 'Monuments' series; on the other, by photographing mushrooming housing developments.These generic cities soon became his favorite subject.


In 2002, the uniformity and repetitiveness of these landscapes around the world drove him to begin working on the concept of the polyptych: the combinations and interchangeability of each of the elements in a polyptych give rise to a play with 'Landscaping' (the title of a new series), with the spectator recomposing a landscape between reality and fiction.


With a new body of work called 'Melting Point', Couturier changed his visual approach in 2005. This series presents a Toyota assembly plant in Valenciennes (France). It also evolved with new subjects like the Indian city of Chandigarh built by Le Corbusier and the city of Brasilia built by Oscar Niemeyer from 2007 to 2010. In this new series, the silver salt clichés are scanned before the digitalized images obtained are superimposed two by two with the help of image-processing software. The technical and visual protocols put into play as a matter of fact obey a visual and deliberate conceptual orientation — to divert the documentary aspect of photography, to shift and transcend its narrative dimension and to question its reputation as a beholder of truth.

Selected solo exhibitions

2016      

Alger" Climat de France, Musée Nicéphore-Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Anaklasis" La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France

Paris Photo, Galerie Particulière Booth, Grand Palais, Paris, France


2015
„Stéphane Couturier" Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

„Stéphane Couturier" Kornfeld Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014
„Melting Point, Institut Français" Fukuoka, Japan
„L’Œil Photographique,Franc Auvergne/CNAP, Franc 30th  anniversary" Clermont-Ferrand, France
„La France : essai de portrait photographique”, 15th Photographic Art Exhibition" Lishui, China


2013
„Melting Point" Bildmuseet, Umeå Sweden
„Biennale photographique de SEDAN
" Sedan, France


2012         
„Photographie et Video" Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
„Photographie et Video" Fondation Salomon, Annecy, France
„Théâtre de la Photo & de l'image" Nice, France


2011        
„Melting Point" Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria
Polaris Gallery, Paris, France                                                                  
„Public Commission – Festival d’Avignon" Avignon, France
Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria
Espace A. Malraux, Colmar, France


2010          
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany


2009
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Belfort, France
Les Douches – la galerie, Paris, France


2008     
„Tinglado 2"  Contemporary Art Center, Tarragona, Spain
„Brasilia – Vidéos" 104-Art Center, Paris, France


2007
Polaris Gallery, Paris, France
Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Bastia (Corsica), France


2006
Van Kranendonk Gallery, Den Haag, Netherlands
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, United States
Photo Biennial of Moscow, Moscow, Russia       
Artothèque, Pessac, France


2005
Polaris Gallery, Paris, France
„Universal Exhibition" French Pavillion, Aichi, Japan
„Image / Image" L’Imprimerie, Orthez, France 


2004 
National Library, Paris, France
Forum für Zeitgenössische Fotografie, Cologne, Germany
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Van Kranendonck Gallery, Den Haag, Netherlands


2003
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, United States
Clairefontaine Gallery, Luxemburg


2002
University of California - Art Gallery , San Diego, United States
Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France
Conrads Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
Polaris Gallery, Paris, France


2001
Sollertis Gallery, Toulouse, France
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Céramic Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands
Villa Noailles, Hyères, France


2000
Polaris Gallery, Paris, France
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, United States
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, United States



Selected group exhibitions


2017       

Supper Club, Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin, Germany


2016       

„D’une méditérranée, l’autre" FRAC PACA, Marseille, France

„Avec eux ! - 30 ans d’histoire de collection" Artothèque de Caen, Caen, France

„Anonymats d’aujourd’hui" Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

„Typologies et utopies urbaines" Domaine de Chamarande, France

„Festival du Regard" Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

„La tisserande des nuits : en suivant les fils et les plis dans la photographie contemporaine" La BOX - ENSA Bourges, France


2015       

„Dimensions Variables - Artists and Architecture" Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, France

„7th Lishui Photography Festival" Lishui, China

„Villes Africaines en Mouvement" AS.Architecture-Studio/CNAP, Venice Biennale, Italy

„20.000 lieux : Voyage dans les collections de la Société Générale et du LAAC" LAAC, Dunkerque, France


2014
„S'il y a lieu je pars avec vous" Le Bal, Paris
„Une photographie sous tension" la collection de Florence et Damien Bachelot
Musée Nicéphore Niéce,Chalon-sur-Saône, France
„Architecture(s)" Arthotèque de Vitré – France


2013
„Provence 2013
" Exposition inaugurale du Mucem das le cadre de Marseille, France
   
„Festival d'Avignon, Stéphane Couturier & Frédéric Nauczyciel
" Arles, France 
    
„The Sea is my land
" Rome, Maxxi, Musée d'Art du XXI ème siècle, Italy
   
„Triennale d'AICHI
" Aichi, Japan
   
„De Sculptura
" Saltzburg Museum, Saltzburg, Germany
„Mutation" Escpace Louis Vuitton
   
ArtAsiaPacific, Hong kong
   
„Construire l'image - Le Corbusier et la Photographie
" CIVA, Brussels, Belgium


2011
„Highrise" Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland
„Opera Seria" Galerie Ruzicska, Salzbourg, Austria
„Pictet Prize" Passage de Retz (+ Tour in Europe), Paris, France
„Open-Frame 2" CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France
Art Center of Meymac, Meymac, France
„The Photographic object" Maison europ. de la Photo, Paris, France
„Vidéo Séoul-Tanji" Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France


2010 


„Dreamlands" Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
„Recent  acquisitions" Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
„Le meilleur des Mondes" MUDAM, Luxemburg
„10 years of M. Duchamp Price" Musée d’Art Moderne, Strasbourg, France
„Photography and Architecture Biennale" La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium
„Photobiennale" Musée d’Art Moderne, Moscow, Russia
„Poétique du Chantier" Musée-Château, Annecy, France    
„Dialogue(s)" Couvent La Tourette, Eveux, France

„Paris-Moscou Photographies" Cité des Arts, Paris, France


2009 


„Sté Générale collection" Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, France
„Le Havre–Brasilia" MAC de Niteroi + MAC de Brasilia, Brasil
„Auto - Sueno y materia Travel" Laboral centro de Arte, Spain 
„E factory, e machine, e  body" Centro d’arte La Panera, Spain
Periferia – Biennale de Canary islands" Tenerife, Spain
„Projections constructives" Centre d’Art  Micro-Onde, Vélizy, France
„Corse – Images d’un territoire" Musée de Jürmala, Latvia


2008
„Power of Photography" Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
„Beyond the Iconic" Central Library, Los Angeles, United States
„Ceramics of CRAFT" Galerie P.A. Challier, Paris, France
„Portraits et Paysages" espace ING, Brussels, Belgium
„Urbanités" Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, France
„Oikos – Habitacle Places" Galerie SBC, Montréal, Canada


2007
„recents purchases" Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
„Introduction to Art History" Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
„Du Machinique et du vivant" Xippas Gallery, Pacy sur Eure, France
„Pleins Phares" Musée de l’automobile, Mulhouse, France
Salomon Foundation, Baroquissimo, Annecy, France 
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille 3000, Tourcoing, France
„Brasilia-Chandigarh-Le Havre" Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France
„Something to write home about" Stadsgalerij, Heerlen, Netherlands
„Le dur Labeur" Galerie du conseil Général, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sheldon Art Gallery, Saint Louis, United States


2006
International Center of Photo – Ecotopia, NY, United States
SanJosé Museum of Art - Suburban Escape, San José, United States
Biennial of Photography" Sedan, France
Spectacular city" N.A.I. Rotterdam, Netherlands
Programme AFAA" Dialogues d'images, France
„Signes d'existence - exposition circulante" Beijing, China


2005
Trienniale of photography" Seoul, Korea
„Times two" Laurence Miller Galerie, NY, United States
„Le temps Arrêté" Petit Château, La Ferté-Vidame, France
„Objectif Paris" Pavillon des Arts, Paris, France
Sélest’Art - Biennial of Sélestat" Sélestat, France


2004
„De leur temps" Musée des Arts de Tourcoing, Tourcoing, France
„Yet Untitled" Nationale Fotomuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark


2003
„Archetypen" Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria
Photographic center of Skopelos, Greece
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Rencontres Photographiques, Pau - Orthez, France
„Oases" Laurence Miller Gallery, NY, United States


2002
„the same" Conrads Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
„Sight-set-sequence" Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States
„Vues d’Architectures" Grenoble Museum, Grenoble, France



Grants and commissions


2010
Public commission on Avignon festival of theatre, France


2007 
Grant for research on city of Brasilia


2005
Public commission: 1% artistique
Hôtel des Finances - Vitry/seine, France


2003
Prix Niepce


1999
Grant of  Ville de Paris / AFAA work on Moscow


1999
Prix Paris-Photo


1998
Programme à la carte AFAA, Dresde


1996/1997

Centre National des Arts Plastiques - Villa Noailles, Hyères



Collections


Cabinet des Estampes - Bibliothèque nationale, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France
Musée de l’Elysée – Lausanne, Switzerland
FRAC  Auvergne, France
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
De Pont Foundation, Netherlands
Los Angeles County Museum, U.S.A.
Cleveland Art Museum, U.S.A.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, U.S.A.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, France
De Pont Foundation, Netherlands
FRAC Auvergne, France
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Canada
Musée Carnavalet, France
FRAC Alsace, France
FRAC Auvergne, France
Randstadt, Nederlands
Lowe Art Museum, U.S.A.
Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Brême, Germany
Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Luxemburg
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, U.S.A.
Goldman Sachs, New York, U.S.A.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Belgium
National Gallery (Washington), U.S.A.
Los Angeles County Museum, U.S.A.
Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands
Collection La Fnac, France
Cabinet des Estampes - Bibliothèque Nationale, France
Musée Carnavalet, France
Fondation NSM Vie, France
Musée de La Roche sur Yon, France
Fondation Lhoist, Belgium
Saint-Louis Museum, U.S.A.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France
Centre Georges Pompidou, France
Maison Européenne de la photographie, France
Caldic Collection Rotterdam, Netherlands
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France
Fondation NSM, France
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Musée du Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts, France
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France
FRAC Franche-Comté, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Belfort, France
Museu Nacional da Republica – Brasilia, Brazil
Israel Museum – Jerusalem, Israël
Assemblée Nationale – Paris, France