Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Photomontage No. 1 for the Hermitage,
Room 305, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London
Born 1946 in Paris, France
Lives and works in London, UK and Burgundy, France
Marc Camille Chaimowicz established himself as an artist who uses both performance and installation, sometimes combining the two. Since the 1970s he has used both “high art” and pop culture as sources. The objects in his installations include party items like disco balls, special lighting, and pop music, symbolically loaded elements like mirrors and flowers, and idiosyncratically designed furniture. Other works fit into more traditional categories of media: books, paintings, designs for wallpaper and fabric, and found objects presented on the gallery wall. Chaimowicz stood out from his contemporaries, who in the 1970s were still very much concerned with Conceptualism and Minimalism. Chaimowicz has participated in numerous exhibitions, including A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance at Tate Modern, London (2012), the fifth Berlin Biennal (2008), and Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art at Tate Britain, London. He now teaches in the M.F.A. program at the University of Reading and is visiting consultant at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. His works are in the collections of FRAC–Bourgogne in Dijon, Le Consortium in Dijon, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, and Tate Britain, London.