Rebecca Bournigault

lives and works in Paris

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Rebecca Bournigault (*1970 in Colmar, lives and works in Paris) is a contemporary portraitist who works mainly in video, but also uses drawing, painting and photography. Her pieces alternate between realistic depiction and the more fictive mode of the icon. Capturing moments of intensity or tension, she reveals a complexity in identity that cannot be reduced to the stereotypical discourse used in TV reality shows and talk shows.

Often, pornographic films serve the Bournigault as a model for her sexually explicit watercolours, in which she portrays women – released from the original film setting – and thus stimulates reflection on the exploitation of the female body today.


1970 born in Colmar
1993 Graduated from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Bourges, D.N.A.P. / D.N.S.E.P
1999 Nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris
2002 Nominated for the Jalouse Prize, Paris
2005 Winner of the Belluard Award, Fribourg, Switzerland
Professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Annecy
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2019 Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
2018 18th Art Center, Los Angeles (S)
Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (S)
Galerie de la Voute, Paris (G)
Casa Victor Hugo, Cuba (G)
2017 La Criée - Théâtre national de Marseille (S)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
2016 Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris (G)
2015 Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, Villenauxe-la-Grande (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Institut francais Düsseldorf (S)
18th Art Center, Los Angeles (S)
2014 Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (S)
Institut francais Cologne (S)
2013 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Galerie d'Exposition du Théâtre, Privas (S)
Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris (S)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris (G)
2012 Espace Saint Séverin, Paris (S)
Galerie Patricia Dorfmann (S)
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (G)
2011 CAN, Neuchâtel (S)
Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris (G)
Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac (G)
L’Onde Centre d’Art, Vélizy-Villacoublay (G)
2010 Centre Pompidou, Paris (S)
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Straßburg (G)
MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine (G)
Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris (G)
2009 Galerie Desimpel, Brussels (S)
2008 Galerie Von Bartha, Basel (S)
Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris (S)
2007 Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris (S)
Galerie Desimpel, Brussels (S)
Atelier Neess, Paris (S)
2005 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (S)
Centre Culturel Français, Mailand (S)
Espace Frédéric Sanchez, Paris (S)
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (S)
2001 Le studio Yvon Lambert, Paris (S)
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (S)
2000 Espai Lucas, Valence (S)
1999 Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (S)
Galerie Marta Cervera, Madrid (S)
Les Beaux-Arts de Pau (S)
1998 Galerie Deux, Tokyo (S)
1997 Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (S)
Kunstmuseum UWM, Milwaukee (S)
1996 Galerie Paolo Vitolo, Milan (S)
1994 Centre d'Art Contemporain, Parc St.-Léger, Pougues les Eaux (S)

Selected Public and Private Collections

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie de la Ville de Paris
  • Fonds National d’Art Contemporain
  • FRAC Limousin
  • Bibliothèque Municipale de la Ville de Lyon
  • Collection Francois Pinault
  • Sammlung Bruno Bischofberger
  • Braunsfelder Family Collection
  • Sammlung Stéphane Biesenbach




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