Jean-Luc Moulène was born in Reims in France in 1955, and studied the aesthetics and science of art in Paris, where he still lives and works. He made his name in the 1990s with a series of photographs of objects, portrayed in a cold and impersonal way. Since the end of the 1990s, Moulène’s practice has explored different means of expression, like sculpture, drawing and installation. His art reflects on the social status of the artist: he is staunchly critical of seductive and beautifying representations, and explores the opposite, often ironically. When asked what are the characteristic elements of his work, he says: ‘absurd evidence, horrible revelation, a burst of laughter…’
He participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2002 Sao Paolo Biennale and Documenta in 1997. Numerous international institutions have dedicated exhibitions to him, among them the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2003), the Louvre Museum (2005), Culturgest in Lisbona (2007), Dia:Beacon in New York (2011), the Kunstverein in Hannover (2015) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris(2016).