Cyprien Gaillard was born in 1980 in Paris, and studied in Switzerland at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. He now lives and works in Berlin. Gaillard’s work examines the processes of urban decay and upheaval brought about through socio-cultural change, and demonstrates an irresistible fascination for the demolition of buildings and destruction of urban environments. Through sculpture, painting, photography, video and performance to large-scale urban interventions, Gaillard places himself mid-way between minimal art and land art, developing what he calls a ‘new urban form of Romanticism’. He goes in search of building debris, which he uses to highlight abandoned suburbs and the ruins of modernist buildings, which in their day determined urban transformations and regulated social relationships.
In 2010 Cyprien Gaillard was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp. Among the exhibitions dedicated to his work, the most important include those held at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013), MoMA PS1, New York (2013) and the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2012). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).