French artist and photographer Georges Rousse is internationally renowned for his ephemeral, one-of-a-kind installations and resulting photographs. Rousse may draw, paint, and/or build constructions that enable him to realize his vision for the space. This may involve one or more primary shapes, painted letters, chalk, newspapers, wooden lattices, and more.
Working at the intersections of photography, painting and architecture, Rousse transforms abandoned or soon-to-be-demolished buildings into surprising visions of color and shape through the single-perspective of his camera lens. Using space as his raw material, Rousse translates his intuitive, instinctual readings of space into masterful images of several “realities”: that of the actual space, abandoned or soon-to-be demolished; the artist’s imagined mise-en-scène; and the final photograph, or the reality flattened.
The work of Georges Rousse (b.1947) has been shown in numerous biennials (Paris, Venice, Sydney) and has been exhibited in the Grand Palais (Paris), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), Haggerty Museum (WI), House of Culture (La Paz, Honduras), Sivori Museum (Buenos Aires), and National Art Museum of China, among hundreds of others. It can also be found in the collections of the Louvre Museum (Paris), Brooklyn Museum (NY), National Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (Vienna), La Salle Bank Photography Collection (Chicago), Guggenheim Museum (NY), and Deutsche Bank Collection, among several others. As of 2016, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (CA) also added his work to its collection.
Georges Rousse has received such prestigious awards as the International Center of Photography Award in 1988 and the National Grand Prix of Photography in 1993.
Select Commissions and Installations
2018 New York, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, NY
Puntos de Vista, Museo de Contemporáneo Lima, Peru
2017 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan
2016 The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
2015 Screens, La Conciergerie, Paris, France
UTOPIA, Le Familistère Godin, Guise, France
2014 Faro y faro, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico
Space(s): Poetic Metamorphoses, Submarine Pen, Bordeaux, France Fire, Red and Black, Le Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, France
2013 Réattu Museum, Arles, France
2012 Chambord Castle, France
Jerusalem French Institute, Israel
Nijmegen University, Netherlands
European Heritage Days, Saint-Paul Prison, Lyon, France
European Heritage Days, Chanterie Mansion, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Cambodia French Institute and French Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia