Mai-Thu Perret  (Swiss, 1976) 


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Mai-Thu Perret Biography
1976   Born in Geneva
2004   Received Federal Award of Art, Switzerland
2006   Kiefer-Hablitzel Art Prize
2006   Swiss Federal Prize for Fine Arts
2011   Prix culturel Manor
2011   Zurich Art Prize
  Whitney Independent Study Programme, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  BA in English Litterature, University of Cambridge
  Lives and Works in Geneva and New York
Selected Exhibitions
2013   Mai-Thu Perret, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (solo)
2013   At Work. Atelier und Produktion als Thema der Kunst, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
2013   DECORUM. Tapis et tapisseries d´artistes, Musée d´art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
2013   Pro-Choice, Fri-Art, Fribourg
2013   Pattern: Follow the rules, Eli and Edithe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University
2013   Female Power. Matriarchy, Spirituality & Utopia, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
2012   Brot und Salz, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin
2012   10'000 Stunden. Über Handwerk, Meisterschaft und Scheitern in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Thurgau
2012   La jeunesse est un art, Jubiläum Manor Kunstpreis 2012, Aargauer Kunsthaus
2012   Cluster, 1m3, Lausanne
2012   Marcher dans la couleur, Musée Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
2012   Reflecting Fashion, Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
2012   Eorum Sanai (Ice Man), Arario Gallery, Cheoanan, Korea
2012   The Old, the New, the Different, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
2012   Neon: Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue?, La maison rouge, Paris
2012   Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2012   The World as Will and Wallpaper, Le Consortium, Dijon
2012   Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2012   Beast of Burden, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2012   Pure Perception, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Italy
2012   Shake 'N' Bake, A Group Show Curated by Hard Hat, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
2012   EXAMPLE: SWITZERLAND. Unbounding and Crossing Over as Art, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2012   the devilʼs fidelity, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
2012   Danser sa vie, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2012   Reflecting Fashion, Kunst und Mode seit der Moderne, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2011   The Zurich Art Prize 2011: Mai-Thu Perret, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Love Letters in Ancient Brick, Theatre de lʼUsine, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Hard Hat, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Le Magasin, Grenoble, France (solo)
2011   Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Migraine, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2011   ILLUMInations, curated by Bice Curiger, International Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2011   Abstract Possible: The Tamayo Take, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
2011   The 2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, Bridgehampton, New York
2010   Goldene Zeiten
 Teil 1: Steven Claydon, Diango Hernández and Mai-Thu Perret, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2010   Chartreuse jeune: An intervention by Olaf Nicolai at the Casa Taberelli, Casa Tabarelli, Cornaiano, Italy
2010   While Bodies Get Mirrored. An Exhibition about Movement, Formalism and Space, MigrosMuseum, Zurich, Switzerland
2010   Born Under a Bad Sign, Power House Art Center, Memphis, TN
2010   Charles Fourier – Lʼécart absolu, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie de Besançon, France
2010   A New Stance for Tomorrow, Part 3, Sketch, London, England
2010   From Dusk Till Dawn: If I Canʼt Dance, I Donʼt Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, video program by Yann Chateigné, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2010   Yellow Box, video program by bdv, Restaurant Georges, Paris, France
2010   Flag, Swiss Institute, New York, NY (solo)
2010   Parade, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010   An Ideal for Living, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (solo)
2010   The Viewing Room, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010   Borderlines, Cabinet des arts graphiques, Musée dʼart et dʼhistoire, Genève, Switzerland
2010   High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany
2010   Close Your Eyes in Order to See, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
2010   Anonymous Materials, Stiftung Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland
2010   Edition 5 Erstfeld, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland
2010   Abstract Possible, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
2009 - 2010   Mai-Thu Perret. Alphabet: Paintings and Text Works 2004-2009, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2009   The Crack-Up, Praz-Delavallade, Paris (solo)
2009   Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2009   Regift, The Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York
2009   The Aspen Art Museum (solo)
2009   Living Together, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturenea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2009   Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
2008   Euro-Centric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection , Rubell Family Collection
2008   An Evening of the Book and Other Stories, The Kitchen, New York
2008   Mai-Thu Perret: Land of Crystal, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen (solo)
2008   Abstraction étendue , Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux
2007   Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (solo)
2007   Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (catalogue) (solo)
2007   Half Square Half Crazy, Villa Arson, Nice, France
2007   Open and Shut, Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007   Kunsthalle Exnergasse, tension, sex, despair – aber hallo/na und, Vienna
2007   Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, In the Poem about Love You Don’t Write Love, Minneapolis
2007   Aussenraum der Berggemeinde Amden am Walensee, Mai-Thu Perret: Das Kunstwerk und sein Ort (curated by Roman Kurzmeyer), Amden
2007   Kölnischer Kunstverein, Pure Self Expression, Cologne
2006   Neue Kunsthalle, Modus, St. Gallen
2006   Wexner Center for the Arts, Shiny, Colombus, Ohio
2006   Elizabeth Dee Gallery and QUED, Bring the War Home, New York/Los Angeles
2006   Instituto Svizzero, Visioni del paradiso, Rome
2006   Apocalypse Ballet, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (solo)
2006   Solid objects (Exhibition with Valentin Carron), Chisenhale Gallery, London (cat.) (solo)
2006   The Renaissance Society, And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universe, Chicago (cat.) (solo)
2006   Exposition des Bourses Des Fonds Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevalier et Galland, Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva
2006   Centre d'art Mira Phalaina/Maison Populaire, Madame la baronne était plutôt manièrée, assez roccoco et complètement baroque, Montreuil (cat.)
2006   Inside now, we walked into a room with coca-cola coloured walls, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
2006   West London Projects, The Endless Summer, London
2006   Galerie Edouard Manet, Objets d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Gennevillier
2006   Royal College of Art, Again For Tomorrow, London (cat.)
2006   La Générale, Hradacany, Paris
2006   Usine, Atelier 3ème étage, Sublime Part II, Geneva (cat.)
2006   Centre PasquArt, Nouvelles Collections, Bienne
2005   Model Modernism, Artist Space, New York (cat.)
2005   Paralleles Leben, Frankfurter Kunstverein Frankfurt am Main (cat.)
2005   CCA, In the Poem about Love the Word Love Does Not Appear, Glasgow (cat.)
2005   Solid objects (with Valentin Carron), Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva (cat.) (solo)
2005   National Arts Center, Tbilisi 2, Wednesday calls the future, Tbilissi, Georgia
2005   Air de Paris, NY Twice, Paris (cat.)
2005   Centre d’art contemporain, Genève, artistes et créateurs d’aujourd’hui, Geneva
2005   Heroine of the People, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris
2004   Galerie Peter Kilchmann, The Age Of Optimism, Zurich
2004   Karvasla, Tuesday is gone, Tiblissi, Georgia
2004   Helmhaus, Fürchte Dich, Zurich (cat.)
2004   ArtBasel 35, Statement presented by Galerie Francesca Pia, Basel (solo)
2004   Love Thy Sister Like Thyself, Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva (solo)
2004   None of the above, Swiss Institute, New York
2004   Champion Fine Arts, Leviathan Rising Under Moon’s Influence, Brooklyn, NY (cat.)
2004   Year, Archives generation upon generation, Brooklyn, NY
2003   Form/Kontext/Troja, Secession, Vienna
2003   The return of the creature, Künstlerhaus Thurn + Taxis, Bregenz
2003   Pure self-expression x25, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern (solo)
2002   The Modern Institute, Glasgow (solo)
2002   We close our eyes in order to see, Glassbox, Paris (solo)
2001   Land of Crystal, Le Studio, CAN, Neuchâtel (cat.) (solo)
2001   Rock Paper Scissors, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
2000   Why can’t monsters get along with other monsters, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
2000   Dr Wings, Air de Paris, Paris
2008   Mai-Thu Perret Land of Crystal, Centre d’art contemporain, Genf, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Christoph Keller Editions/ JRP/Ringier
2007   Mai-Thu Perret « And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universe », Annual Report 2005
2007   2006, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, pp. 41-43
2006   Feldman, Hannah: Desert of the Real - Hannah Feldman on the art of Mai-Thu Perret, Artforum International, Summer, pp. 332-335
2006   Allen, Jennifer: Mai-Thu Perret at Galerie Barbara Weiss, Artforum, April, p. 261
2006   Nielsen, Henrikke: Mai-Thu Perret at Galerie Barbara Weiss, Flash Art International, no. 247, March-April Hüster, Wiebke: Pappmaché-Kameradinnen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, February 19
2006   Swiss Art Award 2006, Catalogue, Schweizerischer Kunstverein Zürich, pp. 13-14, 129
2006   Modus, exhibition catalogue, Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen
2006   Mai-Thu Perret, Collection Cahiers d’Artistes 2006, Pro Helvetica, Swiss Arts Council
2006   Radical Gestures? Alex Morrison and Mai-Thu Perret in conversation, in: Again For Tomorrow, exhibition catalogue, Royal College of Art, London, pp. 153-155
2006   Mojica, Jason, "The Crystal Frontier“, the Rennaissance Society, in: Time Out Chicago, issue
2006   Sahakian, Marlyne, ONE TO WATCH, [Mai-Thu Perret], on: artcrush, issue 34, June 2006 (
2006   Feldman, Hannah, Desert of the Real. Hannah Feldman on the Art of Mai-Thu Perret, in: Artforum summer 2006
2006   Olympiade der Kunst//Olympian hights of Art, in: Lufthansa magazin, 06.2006
2006   Lapp, Axel, Mai-Thu Perret, in: ArtReview, April 2006
2006   Bonacina, Andrew, Mai-Thu Perret, in: Again For Tomorrow, Royal College of Art, London, 2006 (cat.)
2006   Nielsen, Henrikke, Mai-Thu Perret at Galerie Barbara Weiss, in: Flash Art International, no 247, March/April 2006
2006   Hüster, Wiebke, Pappmaché-Kameradinnen, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 19.02.2006
2005   Sung, Won Kim, An interview with Mai-Thu Perret, in: Paralleles Leben, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2005 (cat.)
2005   Reynaud Dewar, Lili, Figures spéciales – Mai-Thu Perret, Lucy McKenzie , 02, in: revue d’art contemporain no. 38, Nantes, summer 2005
2005   Sung Won, Kim: Interview with Mai-Thu Perret, in: Paralleles Leben, exhibition catalogue, Frankfurter Kunstverein, pp. 125-130
2004   Stroun, Fabrice: “Ouverture, Mai-Thu Perret”, Flash Art International no. 236, May-June 2004
2004   Notter, Eveline: “Love thy sister like thyself”, Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich, May 2004
2004   Schellenberg, Samuel: “Mai-Thu Perret, à l’aise entre mots et forme”, Le Courrier, Geneva, April 17, 2004
2004   Steiner, Urs: “Heiter? Bewölkt?- Grosswetterlage der Befindlichkeit im Helmhaus”, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, February 17, 2004
2003   Gerber, Elisabeth: “Mai-Thu Perret in der Galerie Francesca Pia”, Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich, October, 2003
2002   Stroun, Fabrice: “Fabrice Stroun talks with Mai-Thu Perret”, CAN, Neuchâtel, 2002
2001   Julliard, Nicolas: “La colère maîtrisée des jeunes artistes”, Le Temps, Geneva, December 11, 2001
2001   d’Alimonte, Valério: “La fuite en arrière”, La Voix du Luxembourg, Luxemburg, November 1, 2001
2001   Bohm, Alexander: “Utopire”, D’Lëtzebuerger Land, Luxemburg, October 19, 2001
2001   “Highlight”, Casa Vogue Brazil, Sao Paulo, no.192, 2001
2001   Julliard, Nicolas: La colère maîtrisée des jeunes artistes, Le Temps, Geneva, December 11
2000   Michèle, Nicole: Embroidery, The Now Idea, Parkett, Zurich, n°59, September