Mai-Thu Perret

Switzerland 1976

Installation, Sculpture, Video Art

Mai-Thu Perret
Mai-Thu Perret
February 3, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Mai-Thu Perret born in 1976 in Geneva is a Swiss artist  who is known both in Europe and the USA for her ambitious multi-disciplinary practice encompassing sculpture, painting, video and installation.

She studied at Cambridge University where she got her BA in English in 1997, and at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Perret has created a complex oeuvre which combines radical feminist politics with literary texts, homemade crafts and 20th century avant-garde aesthetics. Her ongoing, sixteen years old project The Crystal Frontier, a fictional narrative chronicling the lives of a group of radically minded women who turn their backs on the city and move to New Mexico to establish a feminist commune, anchors much of the artist’s practice since 1999.

Mirroring the idealism and reflecting upon the failures of the myriad Utopian communities that emerged throughout the last century, Perret’s community highlights the strained relationship between art and social revolution. The diverse artwork inspired by this narrative, from glazed ceramics to wallpaper, masquerades as the “hypothetical production” of the community. This fictional productivity brings to the fore questions concerning the status of the art object, the difference between what it is and what one wants it to be.

Perret has been awarded both the 2011 Zurich Art Prize and Le Prix Culturel Manor 2011. She was included in ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions, in Miami, Geneva, London, Zurich, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Mai-Thu PerretNasher Sculpture Center, Dallassolo
2015Eureka!Galerist, Istanbulgroup
2014Astral PlaneSimon Lee Gallery, Hong Kongsolo
2014Slow WaveDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angelessolo
2014le fil des possiblesL'Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartouxgroup
2014Forms of distancingSteirischer Herbst, Grazgroup
2014GastspielMuseum Rietberg, Schweizer Gegenwartskunst im Museum Rietberg, Zürichgroup
2014Bienniale of moving imagesCentre d'art contemporain, Genevagroup
2014BASH IIWoodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, New Yorkgroup
2014Mingei: Are You Here?Pace Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2014Week-end à RomeFondation Speerstra, Applesgroup
2014Biennial of Moving ImagesCentre d'art contemporain, Genevagroup
2014Insert 2014Maati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhigroup
2013The PrairieGalerie Francesca Pia, Zurichsolo
2013Decorum. Carpets and Tapestries by ArtistsPower Station of Art, Shanghaigroup
2013DesiderataAargauer Kunsthaus, Aaraugroup
2013geminiGalerie Francesca Pia, Zürichgroup
2013Decorum- Tapis et tapisseries d’artistesMusée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Parisgroup
2013IslandDairy Art Center, Londongroup
2013Giant Ice Cream Cones1m3, Lausannegroup
2013Oasis Mini GymOasis Hotel, Angeles City, Philippinesgroup
2013At Work – Atelier und Produktion als Thema der KunstMuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Female Power, Arnhemgroup
2013HOLES IN THE WALLS: Early Works 1948 - 2013Fri-Art, Fribourggroup
2013PRO-CHOICEFri Art, Fribourggroup
2013ELECTRIC FIELDSLIVEINYOURHEAD, Institut curatorial de la head, Genevagroup
2013Fire it up!Dienstgebäude, Zurichgroup
2013PRO-CHOICEFri-Art, Fribourggroup
2013HOLES IN THE WALLS: Early Works 1948 - 2013Fri-Art, Fribourggroup
2012Mai-Thu Perret. Beast of BurdenGalerie Barbara Weiss, Berlinsolo
201250 PartitionsLiveinYourHead, Institut curatorial de la Head, Genevagroup
2012Tell the Children/ Abstraction pour enfantsLa Salle de bains, Lyongroup
2012La jeunesse est un artAargauer Kunstaus, Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis 2012, Aaraugroup
201210'000 Stunden. Über Handwerk, Meisterschaft und Scheitern in der KunstKunstmuseum Thurgau, Thurgaugroup
2012Cosmic Laughter- Timewave Zero then what?Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtalgroup
2012Cluster1m3, Lausannegroup
2012Anti-EstablishmentBard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudsongroup
2012Changing States of MindBrand New Gallery, Milangroup
2012PanegyricForde, Genevagroup
2012Le Confort ModerneLe Confort Moderne, Poitiersgroup
2012Pure PerceptionGalleria Monica de Cardenas, Milangroup
2012Le monde comme volonté et papier peintLe Consortium, Dijongroup
2012Text Textile TextureGalerie Barbara Weiss, Berlingroup
2012Eorum Sanai (Ice Man)Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Koreagroup
2012The Old, the Old, the DifferentKunsthalle Bern, Berngroup
2012The Devils FidelityMariann Goodman Gallery, Parisgroup
2012Abstract Possible: The Stockholm SynergiesTensta Konsthall, Stockholmgroup
2012Parque IndustrialGaleria Luisa Strina, Sao Paologroup
2012Brot und SalzSommer & Kohl, Berlingroup
2012Dancing Towards the EssenceKunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchengroup
2012Reflecting Fashion - Kunst und ModeMumok, Viennagroup
2012Néon – who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?La maison rouge, Parisgroup
2012New SculptureZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsawgroup
2012Shake & BakePraz Delavallade, Parisgroup
2012Nouveau FestivalCentre Pompidou, Parisgroup
2011The Adding MachineLe Magasin, Grenoblesolo
2011Love Letters in Ancient BrickThéâtre de l’Usine, Genevasolo
2011ILLUMInations54th Venice Biennale, Venicegroup
2011Carte blanche à John M Armleder - All of the abovePalais de Tokyo, Parisgroup
2011Helvètes vulcainsMudac, Lausannegroup
2011Abstract PossibleMuseo Tamayo, Mexico Citygroup
2011Danser sa vie, Danse et arts visuels au XXe et XXIe sièclesCentre Pompidou, Parisgroup
2011BEISPIEL SCHWEIZ. Entgrenzungen und Passagen als KunstKunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduzgroup
2010An Ideal for LivingUniversity of Michigan: Museum of Art, Ann Arborsolo
2010ParadeTimothy Taylor Gallery, Londonsolo
2010Chartreuse jeune: An intervention by Olaf NicolaiCasa Taberelli, Cornalanogroup
2010Abstract PossibleMalmö Konsthall, Malmögroup
2010Go WestSalt Lake Art Center, Utahgroup
2010Born Under a Bad SignPower House Art Center, Memphisgroup
2010While bodies get mirrored – An Exhibition about movement, space and installationMigros Museum, Zurichgroup
2010group show Charles Fourier ou l’Attraction PassionnéeMusée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Besançongroup
2010Goldene Zeiten Teil 1 - Steven Claydon, Django Hernàndez und Mai-Thu PerretHaus der Kunst, Munichgroup
2009Alphabet: Paintings and Text Works 2004-2009Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürichsolo
20092013The Aspen Art Museum, Aspensolo
2009The Crack-UpGalerie Praz-Delavallade, Parissolo
2009Villa Anabasis: Rituals of Homecoming, Festival of Dialogue of Four CulturesLudwik Grohman, Lodzgroup
2009Top 10 AllegoriesGalerie Francesca Pia, Zurichgroup
200911th Swiss Sculpture ExhibitionUtopics, Biennegroup
2009HEAVEN2nd Athens Biennale, Athensgroup
2009BaselArt Unlimited, group
2009Born to Be WildKunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallengroup
2009Beginnings, Middles And EndsChristine König Galerie, Wiengroup
2009Shifting Identities (Swiss) Art NowCAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilniusgroup
2009FaxThe Drawing Center, New Yorkgroup
2009Prose pour des EsseintesKarma International, Zurichgroup
2009VentriloquistTimothy Taylor Gallery, Londongroup
2009RegiftSwiss Institute, New Yorkgroup
2009Living TogetherMontehermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria-Gasteizgroup
2009A Spoken Word ExhibitionBaltic Center for Contemporary Art, Baltic, Gatesheadgroup
2009CzterechFestiwal, Dialogu, Kultur ‘09group
2009Anabasis. Rituals of HomecomingLudwik Grohman Villa, Wrzesniagroup
2008New WorkSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Franciscosolo
20082012Timothy Taylor Gallery, Londonsolo
2008BikiniGalerie Barbara Weiss, Berlinsolo
2008Land of CrystalKunsthalle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallensolo
2008An Evening of the Book and Other StoriesThe Kitchen, New Yorksolo
2008Shifting Identities – (Swiss) Art todayKunsthaus Zu¨rich, Zurichgroup
2008AURUMCentre Pasquart, L’or dans l’art contemporain, Biennegroup
2008A Spoken WordTranzitdisplay, Praguegroup
2008Abstraction étendue: Une scène romande et ses connexionsEspace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartouxgroup
2008Abstraction Extension, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex Cneai = Black Noise. A Tribute to Steven ParrinoChâteau d’Arenthon Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Chatougroup
2008There is No Story to TellTang Contemporary, Beijinggroup
2008The Line is a Lonely Hunter-Drawings in New JerseyyNew Jerseyy, Baselgroup
2008Le spectrariumPavillon Suisse de la Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, Parisgroup
2008Champion ZeroChampion Fine Arts at Rental Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2008Standort Alltag – Everyday IdeologiesKunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburggroup
2008Mémoires d’objetsGalerie Lionel Latham, Genevagroup
2008Art and EntrepreneurshipArt Dubai, Dubaigroup
2008The Saints and music & films by Amy GranatSketch, Londongroup
2008Dadadandy BoutiqueArtprojx Space, Londongroup
2007Land of CrystalBonnefantenmuseum, Maastrichtsolo
2007Das Kunstwerk und sein OrtAtelier Amden, Amdensolo
2007Crab NebulaGalerie Francesca Pia, Zürichsolo
2007Ballet mécaniqueTimothy Taylor Gallery, Londongroup
2007Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family CollectionRubell Family Collection, Miamigroup
2007A Spoken Word ExhibitionSwiss Institute, New Yorkgroup
2007Black NoiseMAMCO, Genevagroup
2007Public Art ProjectAnyang , Anyanggroup
2007Les artistes de la collection Cahiers d’artistes série VI + VIIFri-Art, Fribourggroup
2007TomorrowSonjeart Centre and Kimho Art Museum, Seoulgroup
2007An Atlas of EventsGulbekian Foundation, Lisbonnegroup
200700 – L’Histoire d’une décennie qui n’est pas encore nomméeBiennale de Lyon, Lyongroup
2007Radiant CityCherry and Martin, Los Angelesgroup
2007Introvert, Extrovert, Makes No DifferenceGalerie Catherine Issert, St Paul de Vencegroup
2007Art en plein air Motiers 2007Val de Traversgroup
2007Pure Self ExpressionKölnischer Kunstverein, Colognegroup
2007Bastard CreaturesPalais de Tokyo, Parisgroup
2007In the poem about love you don’t write loveMidway Minneapolis & Overgarden Coppenhagen, Minneapolis & Copenhagengroup
2007At Home in the UniverseMongin Art Center, Seoulgroup
2007Tension; Sex; Despair – Who/So – WhatKunsthalle Exnergasse, Viennagroup
2007Worker, Drone, QueenCentre Culturel Suisse, Parisgroup
2007Etats (Faites le vous-même)Palais de Tokyo, Parisgroup
2007A moitié carré, à moitié fouVilla Arson, Nicegroup
2007Open and ShutSkestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicagogroup
2006An Evening of the BookHard Hat, Genevasolo
2006And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universeThe Renaissance Society, Chicagosolo
2006Solid ObjectsChisenhale Gallery, Londongroup
2006Mai-Thu Perret. Apocalypse BalletGalerie Barbara Weiss, Berlinsolo
2006DADADANDY presents SPACE IS THE PLACERitter/Zamet, Londongroup
2006Piani SospettiVia Nuova arte contemporanea, Florencegroup
2006TBILISI 3. LET'S STAY ALIVE TILL MONDAYChildren National Gallery, Tbilisigroup
2006In the poem about love the word love does not appearArtists Space, New Yorkgroup
2006Interstellar Low WaysHyde Park Art Centre, Chicagogroup
2006The Gold StandartP.S.1, New Yorkgroup
2006ShinyWexner Center for the Arts, Colombus Ohiogroup
2006Liverpool Biennial 06Liverpoolgroup
2006Madame la baronne était plutôt manièrée, assez roccoco et complètement baroqueCentre d'art Mira Phalaina/Maison Populaire, Montreuilgroup
2006ModusNeue Kunsthalle, St. Gallengroup
2006Unter 30, IV Junge Schweizer Kunst/Jeune Art SuisseCentrePasquArt, Biennegroup
2006Bring the War HomeElizabeth Dee Gallery and QUED, New York/Los Angelesgroup
2006Conversation PiecesCentre d’Art Contemporain, Genevagroup
2006Lovely Shanghai MusicZendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghaigroup
2006Visioni del paradisoInstituto Svizzero, Romegroup
2006The Endless SummerWest London Projects, Londongroup
2006Objets d’hier et d’aujourd’huiGalerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliersgroup
2006Again For TomorrowRoyal College of Art, Londongroup
2006HradacanyLa Générale, Parisgroup
2006Sublime Part IIUsine, Atelier 3ème étage, Genevagroup
2006Eine Person allein in einem Raum mit Coca-Cola-farbenen WändenGrazer Kunstverein, Grazgroup
2006Nouvelles CollectionsCentre PasquArt, Biennegroup
2005Heroine of the PeopleGalerie Praz-Delavallade, Parissolo
2005Solid ObjectsCentre d’Art Contemporain, Genevagroup
2005artistes et créateurs d’aujourd’huiCentre d’art contemporain Genève, Genevagroup
2005In the Poem about Love the Word Love Does Not AppearCCA, Glasgowgroup
2005Paralleles LebenFrankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurtgroup
2005Wednesday calls the futureNational Arts Center Tbilisi 2, Tbilissigroup
2005NY TwiceAir de Paris, Parisgroup
2005Model ModernismArtists Space, New Yorkgroup
2005Situational ProstheticsNew Langton Arts Center, San Franciscogroup
2004StatementArtBasel 35, Baselsolo
2004Love Thy Sister Like ThyselfCentre d’édition contemporaine, Genevasolo
2004None of the aboveSwiss Institute, New Yorkgroup
2004The Age Of OptimismGalerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurichgroup
2004Tuesday is goneKarvasla, Tiblissigroup
2004Fürchte DichHelmhaus, Zurichgroup
2004Leviathan Rising Under Moon’s InfluenceChampion Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2004Archives generation upon generationYear, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2004Yellow PagesMAMCO, Genevagroup
2003Pure self-expression x25Galerie Francesca Pia, Bernsolo
2003Form/Kontext/TrojaSecession, Viennagroup
2003Socialism – A love letterFia Backström Productions, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2003Fink Forward the collection/collectionKunsthaus Glarus, Glarusgroup
2003The Return of the CreatureKünstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenzgroup
2003Yellow PagesTurm Gallery Helmstedt, Germanygroup
2002Mai-Thu PerretThe Modern Institute, Glasgowsolo
2002We Close Our Eyes In Order To SeeGlassbox, Parissolo
2002Rock Paper ScissorsGalerie Francesca Pia, Berngroup
2002Get Angry – Perspectives romandes 3Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Espace Arlaud, Lausannegroup
2002Wahrscheinlich (vraisemblablement)Alimentation Générale Art Contemporain, Luxembourg group
2002The New Domestic LandscapeGaleria Javier Lopez, Madridgroup
2001CAN, Land of CrystalLe Studio, Neuchâtelsolo
2000Dr WingsAir de Paris, Parisgroup
2000Why can’t monsters get along with other monstersGalerie Francesca Pia, Berngroup
2000Etat des lieux #2Fri-Art, Preview for Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Fribourggroup