Sculptor Xavier Veilhan has been chosen to represent France at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
He thus succeeds Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Anri Sala, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Annette Messager and Pierre Huyghe. Xavier Veilhan has exhibited at the MAMVP (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) and the Centre Pompidou. We know him for his animal sculptures, visible in Tours and Bordeaux. Xavier Veilhan’s project will be curated by Lionel Bovier (new director of the MAMCO in Geneva) and Christian Marclay, an artist and musician. Xavier Veilhan has revealed a few details about his Biennale project, to be called Merzbau Musical in reference to a sculpture by Dada artist Kurt Schwitters: it is to be an installation inspired by a studio recording, making available to members of the public a range of musical instruments, some invented for the occasion. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with musicians from the group Air, and Sébastien Tellier, who will be querying the concept of the exhibition.
Xavier Veilhan’s application was selected from amongst 24 presented by recognised artists such as Bertrand Lavier, Sheila Hicks, Stéphane Calais and Ulla van Brandebourg.