Claude Closky

Claude Closky’s work is based on an acute observation of the media and the world of communication, and presents us with metaphors of our daily experience of the contemporary world. While in residence, Closky plans to produce a video serial based on Private View, a scenario composed of 10 000 lines which are integral transcripts of writings or typographies visible on artworks.


Claude Closky does not have an artistic education. He enters the École des arts décoratifs in 1982 and drops out at the end of his first year to co-found the street artists group Les Frères Ripoulin. Around 1988 he breaks away from the group to develop his own work. Claude Closky is a 2015 recipient of the Prix Marcel Duchamp. He teaches at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. Widely exhibited in biennials and museums around the world, his work is represented by galerie Laurent Godin in Paris, where he lives and works, and by galerie Mehdi Chouakri in Berlin.

Recent exhibitions


Doric Ionic Corinthian, Grand Palais, Paris (France)

Un enfant de 5 ans en ferait autant !, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)


10, 20, 30 and 40%, Summerhall, Edinburgh (Scotland)


Barking and Meowing, AC Institute, New York (USA)


Journal, GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague (Netherlands)


Regards croisés, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (Canada)