Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2004. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2004. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2004. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2004. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2004. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Cyprien Gaillard, Floods of the Old and New World, 2011. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V), 2005. © the artist. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. © the artist. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. © the artist. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009. © the artist. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

In his largest UK exhibition to date, award-winning artist Cyprien Gaillard presented two major film installations. The works show contemporary architecture as a modern ruin on the verge of being taken over by nature. Real Remnants of Fictive Wars (Part V) is a 35mm film depicting a cloud of smoke engulfing a romantic landscape, as a violent yet mesmerisingly beautiful act. Cities of Gold and Mirrors connects archaeological and human ruin in its hypnotic depiction of the ancient city of Cancun.

Biography
Cyprien Gaillard was born in 1980 in Paris, and currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied under John Armleder at the Ècole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2004 solo exhibitions have taken place at: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum für Modern Kunst, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. In 2010 he won the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris; and in 2011 won the National Gallery Prize for Young Art, Berlin.

Credit
Curated by AV Festival 12, in partnership with mima.

Cyprien Gaillard

FREE

Preview: Thu 1 March 2012. 6-9pm

Thu 1 March – Sun 1 July 2012

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ
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