Emmanuel Van der Meulen uses the fundamental elements of painting brush, canvas and acrylic paints to pursue the individual experience of the observer. He is not concerned with innovations, virtuosity or spectacular effects. Instead, he focuses on the subtle properties of color, texture and geometric form and on the mystery of perception. The abstraction of his work is calm, almost neutral, and yet conveys the sens that his paintings conceal more than they reveal. He says about painting: the work of painting is also this quest for unity in what is shown during its movement through self-destruction, taking us into the daze of infinite variation and inattention. And what if the project of painting was to teach us how to look? Painting directs us to return to it, like a source, before turning our eyes inwards, then back out towards the world.


EMMANUEL VAN DER MEULEN

Born in 1972 in Paris, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.

EDUCATION

2018   
PhD in Philosophy : Vision and Gaze in Plotinus’ Philosophy, University of Poitiers, France


2001   
DNSAP, Diplôme national supérieur d’art plastique
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019   
Opsis. Galerie Allen, Paris, France
 
2018   
Fables, Formes, Figures. Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, FR (Duo show with Raphaël Zarka)
 
2017   
Quod Apparet. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR
 
2015   
Facta non verba. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR
Répéter unique. Toshiba House, Besançon, FR
 
2014   
Figures, fétiches. AnyWhere, Paris, FR
 
2012   
Giorno Uno. Galeria Bianca, Palermo, IT
 
2011   
Chronochromie. Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FR
 
2010    
Outopos. L’H du Siège, Valenciennes, FR
 
2009   
Enten-Eller. Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FR



SELECTED GROUP ExHIBITIONS

2020   
Your Friends and Neighbors. High Art, Paris, FR

La vie dans l’espace. cur. Jill Gasparina. MRAC Sérignan, Sérignan, FR
Paris-Peinture. cur. Connoisseurs. Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris, FR
Chronique d’une collection #1: Embarquez-vous! FRAC Grand-Large, Dunkerque, FR

TURNS #2. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR
 
2019   
Street art. cur. Camila Oliveira Fairclough. Rue Louis Delgrès, Paris, FR
26 x Bauhaus. cur. Marjolaine Lévy et Thibault de Ruyter. Institut français de Berlin, DE
 
2018   
Everybody’s looking for something. cur. Camila Oliveira Fairclough. La Salle de bains, Lyon, FR
Paris-Peinture. cur. Karina Bisch. Nicolas Chardon & Tiphanie Dragaut-Lupescu, Le Quadrilatère, Beauvais, FR
 
2017   
Unfinished Sympathy. cur. Nadia Lichtig. Maison de Heidelberg, Montpellier, FR

ART-O-RAMA. Galerie Allen, Marseille, FR

The plates of the present, so far. cur. Thomas Fugeriol & Jo-ey Tang. Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR
 

2016   
We always turn our backs to the setting sun. cur. Vincent Romagny. Chiso Gallery, Kyoto, JP
Les entrées extraordinaires. cur. Sylvain Azam & Giuliana Zefferi. Atelier W, Pantin, FR

Le Petit A de O. cur. Marie de Brugerolle. Galerie Houg, Paris, FR
 
2015   
Three-person presentation with Mel O’Callaghan and Maurice Blaussyld, Artissima, Torino, Italy

Alfred Jarry, Archipelago: La valse des pantins. cur. Keren Detton and Julie Pellegrin. Le Quartier, Quimper, FR       
La vérité des apparences. cur. Fabienne Bideaud. LWWa Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Ligne aveugle. cur. Hugo Schüwer-Boss & Hugo Pernet, Galerie de l’ISBA, Besançon, France
Dust: The plates of the present. Project by T. Fougeirol & Jo-ey Tang, cur. Sonel Breslav. Camera Club, NY, USA
Parties communes. cur. Valérie Barot & Régis Pinault. APDV, Paris, FR
Amiami. cur. Karina Bisch & Nicolas Chardon. Atelier KBNC, Les Essards-le-Roi, FR
Speakeasis. Apes&Castles & Rosa Brux. cur. Maëla Bescond, Brussels, BE

2014   
Du pain et des jeux. cur. Corentin Canesson & Damien Le Dévédec. Galerie du cloître, EESAB / Rennes, FR
Levanta, sacode a poeira dá a volta por cima. cur. Estelle Nabeyrat. Vitrine 7, Sao Paulo, BR
Provocative percussion. cur. Nicolas Chardon & Karina Bisch. Galerie Palette Terre, Paris, FR
30 / 30. cur. CCNOA. Image Archive Project, NOI, Dolceaqua, IT

2013   
O desejo é tornado visível pelo destinatário. cur. Corentin Canesson, Casa Senhora do Monte, Lisboa, PT
Spaceland. Studio Fotokino, Marseille, FR (with Fanette Mellier)
Artist comes first. cur. Jean-Marc Bustamante & Christy MacLear, Le Château d’Eau, Festival de Toulouse, FR
Buongiorno Blinky. Cantieri alla Zisa / Institut Français, Palermo, IT
Teatro delle esposizioni. cur. Alessandro Rabottini. Villa Médicis, Rome, IT

2012   
Filiations. cur. Fabienne Fulcheri. Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux, FR

Bianca. feat. Mars. galeria Bianca, Palermo, IT
Color, instrucciones de uso. cur. Philippe Cyroulnik. Galeria Vasari, Buenos Aires, AR
Teatro delle  esposizioni. cur. Alessandro Rabottini. Villa Médicis, Rome, IT
Peinture, mode d’emploi. cur. Philippe Cyroulnik. Le 19 CRAC, Montbéliard, FR

2011   

Particeps, particules, palissades. cur. Aurélie Godard & Cécile Archambeaud. Galerie Arko, Nevers, FR
Interrompre. cur. Benoît Géhanne & Marion Delage de Luget. Le 6b, Saint-Denis, FR
Question de dire. Standard, Rennes, FR
 

2010    
La pesanteur et la grâce. cur. Éric de Chassey, Collège des Bernardins, Paris, France / Villa Médicis, Rome, IT
Emménagement. Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, FR
30 / 30. Image Archive Project, Minus Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2009   

My eyes keep me in trouble. CCNOA - La Station, Nice, FR
 

2007    

La Triennale 01. Grand Palais, Paris, FR
 

2005   
Volume 2. La Générale, Paris, FR
Chambre de Peinture. Bétonsalon, Paris, FR


COLLECTIONS

Fonds national d’art contemporain / FNAC (2006, 2012), France
FRAC Grand Large, Hauts-de-France, France
MRAC Serignan, France
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


AWARDS

2006   
Associate to the BlueOrange Support Prize by Gabriel Orozco, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany


RESIDENCIES

2012–13    Académie de France, Villa Médicis, Rome, Italy


SELECTED PRESS

2018   

Lavrador, Judicaël. “Van der Meulen & Zarka, points de fuite et contrepoints.” Libération, April 8
 

2017   
Riff, Joël. “Psalmodier.” Curiosité, no.25

2015   
Berland, Alain & Bernini, Isabelle. “Le temps suspendu.” Mouvement.net, November 26
Riff, Joël. “Alcôves.” Curiosité, semaine #05, March.
Chauvin, Laëtitia.“‘Jarry Archipelago’ at Le Quartier, Quimper.” Artpress, no. 425, September
Olcèse, Smaranda. “‘Jarry Archipelago’ at Le Quartier, Quimper.” Inferno, June
Hoberman, Mara. “Emmanuel Van der Meulen: Facta Non Verba at Galerie Allen.” Artforum, February

2014   
Riff, Joël. “Grilles grises.” Curiosité, semaine #35, August

2013    Dagen, Philippe.“Derrière l’abstraction, une vision mystique.” Le Monde, May 24
Filippi, Antonella. “Tracce d’Arte Francese.” Giornale di Sicilia, February 3

Dahan, Eric. “Magnifique Villa en pension complète.” Libération, February 8
 

2011   
De Maulmin, Valérie. “La peinture intérieure d’Emmanuel Van der Meulen.” Connaissance des arts, February

2006   
“BlueOrange prize-winner Gabriel Orozco selects Emmanuel Van der Meulen.”E-flux, July

Publications

2018   
The Drawer, vol.15, Les Presses du Réel

2016   
De Brugerolle, Marie & Galerie Houg. Le Petit A de O, exhibition catalogue

2015   
DUST: The plates of the present. February 2013-July 2015, published by Blonde Art Books and Secretary Press, edited by Sonel Breslav

2013   
“L’Annonciation.” Studiolo, no.10
“Porta Magica.” Mercure, no.1
Théâtre des expositions 3, exhibition catalogue, Villa Medici / Édition Drago
Artist comes first, exhibition catalogue, text by Guitemie Maldonado, Festival International d’art de Toulouse
Desordres 2013, review by Studio Fotokino, Éditions B42   

2011   
Chronochromie, exhibition catalogue, text by Sophie Kaplan, Éditions Liénart / Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

2010   
La pesanteur et la grâce, exhibition catalogue, Collège des Bernardins, Paris / Villa Medici, Rome

2009   
Enten – Eller,  exhibition catalogue, interview with Eric de Chassey, Éditions Liénart / Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris