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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to represent France at Venice Biennale

The experimental artist and musician beat out Tatiana Trouvé for the pavilion commission

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot with one of his installations, in which finches play electric guitars by perching on them

Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, and Aurélie Filippetti, the minister of culture, have chosen Céleste Boursier Mougenot to represent France at the Venice Biennale next year in 2015. He was shortlisted for the commission in March along with Tatiana Trouvé, who was widely considered the favourite.

Boursier-Mougenot will collaborate with the Centre Pompidou’s curator of contemporary art, Emma Lavigne, to realise a project entitled Révolutions. The artist, born in Nice in 1961, began his career as a composer for a theatre company, and his work continues to heavily involve music. For his first solo show in Europe, at the Abattoirs contemporary art space in Toulouse (ended on 4 May), Boursier-Mougenot presented sound installations made using a weather balloons, the percussive effect of cosmic rays or eerily distorted television signals.

He was nominated for France’s highest award for artists, the Marcel Duchamp Prize, in 2010. Bourgier-Mougenot is represented by Galerie Xippas in Paris and by Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.

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