Jean-Luc Moulène, a self-declared technicien libertaire, creates work that is stylistically ambulatory yet bounded by specific conceptual parameters: it must be separate and complete in itself; make clear the conditions under which it was produced; and establish a direct link with that from which it has been separated—which is to say, the world. His practice cuts diagonally across the oft-stratified spheres of economics, politics, and culture in order to reveal gaps in assumed knowledge and allow new figures and transparencies to emerge. Unlike a scientist or a mathematician, an artist must produce work that is not merely the outcome of an experiment, but must also render the experiment available to others; Moulène sees this as his task. The resulting forms are models for other lines of inquiry.

 

While his ‘objects’ and ‘images’ take three-dimensional materials and photography as their respective supports, they are not expressly sculptures or photographs. “I consider my images and objects as tools, articles of use: practical above all else,” Moulène emphasizes. He is not interested in occupying the symbolic position of the author, but rather, sees the role of the artist as one of authorization.

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Jean-Luc Moulène (b. 1955, Reims, France) lives and works in Saint Langis-lès-Mortagne, France. Among the institutions that have dedicated solo exhibitions to his work are MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (2023–24); Casa São Roque Centro de Arte, Porto (2021); SculptureCenter, New York (2019); Centre d’art contemporain, Delme (2018); Vienna (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris  (2016–17); Villa Medici, Rome (2015); Kunstverein Hannover (2014); Dia:Beacon, New York (2012); Carré d’art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2009); Culturgest, Lisbon (2007); Musée du Louvre, Paris (2005); and Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2003), among others. He participated in major international group shows such as the Venice Biennial (2019, 2003), the Taipei Biennial (2016, 2004), the Sharjah Biennial (2010), the São Paulo Biennial (2002), and Documenta X (1997).  


Moulène’s
 work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pinault Collection, Paris; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Musée de l’art moderne de la ville de Paris; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, among others.

 

Moulène’s most recent solo exhibitions include, Técnico Libertário, Casa São Roque Centro de Arte, Porto, Portugal (2021–22), and Clearly, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (2022). His current one-person exhibition, Jean-Luc Moulène and Teams, is on view at MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, through April 1, 2024.