The work of Mathieu Mercier (Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 1970) places the object at a crossroads between the aesthetic, conceptual and humorous ambitions of art and industry, making it the intermediary of his research. In this way, the artist questions both its symbolic and utilitarian functions in the cultural context within which it exists, linking certain key tropes of modern art and design such as De Stijl and Russian Constructivism to the consumer objects themselves.
Mercier was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2003. In recent years his work has been widely shown throughout Europe at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard d’Art Contemporain, Villa Merkel, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Manifesta 4, FRAC Bourgogne, Crédac or Kunsthalle Nürmberg, among others. It is also part of collections such as QAGOMA, Stadel Museum, Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art, FRAC Ile-de-France and the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, to mention just a few of the most representative venues.