Conceptual artist Mathieu Mercier creates objects and situations that contain great symbolic significance, either coming from consumer society or being generated ad hoc. Nevertheless, they never lose the functionality that characterised the avant-garde scene. The provocation of Duchamp and the presence of Mondrian and his search for the essential in everything that surrounds us are two fundamental axes in Mercier’s work.
Mercier was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Award in 2013 and has exhibited at some of the world’s most important institutions, such as the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris —both of which have Mathieu’s work in The Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard d’Art Contemporain in Paris—, Villa Merkel in Germany, the Kunstmuseum in St.Gallen, FRAC Bourgogne, the Crédac-Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Ivry in France and the Kunsthalle Nürmberg in Germany, among others. His work also forms part of the Queensland QAGOMA collection in Australia, the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt and the Musée d’Art Moderne collection in Strasbourg.