Pierre Bal-Blanc

Pierre Bal-Blanc is a French art critic and independent curator based in Paris and Athens. Editor-in-chief of the magazine Bloc Notes between 1998 and 2000, co-founder of the agency Design Mental, he directed the Contemporary Art Center of Brétigny-sur-Orge (Essonne) from 2003 to 2014. In 2017, he curated Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens. One of the most prominent curators of the contemporary art scene, Bal-Blanc's focuses his practice on paradoxes of perversion and transgression, living and object, via industrialization and processes of production. His exhibitions have been displayed at: CAC Brétigny/ Micadanses, Stuk Leuven, Tate Modern London, MoMA Warsaw, and Berlin Biennale, among many others. In 2017, he curated Der Canaletto Blick – The Canaletto View, a commission program for Easter Group Bank AG at the Erste Campus in Vienna, and in the same year he published the book Project Phalanstère (Sternberg Press, 2017).
Pierre Bal-Blanc - The Continuum Was Performed in the Following Manner - Notes on documenta 14
English edition
An in-depth ex-post reflection on Documenta 14 by one of its curators, Pierre Bal Blanc, with the contribution of Adam Szymczyk.
Pierre Bal-Blanc - Collective Exhibition for a Single Body - The Private Score – The Licence
English edition
Paraguay Press - Monographs and catalogs
sold out
A score of performative gestures, drawn from the conceptual art and body art scenes from Central and Eastern Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.
Pierre Bal-Blanc - Draft Score For an Exhibition
bilingual edition (English / French)
A book that documents an oral presentation given by Pierre Bal-Blanc to a jury of professionals, as part of his application to curate the 7th Berlin Biennale. Devised as an exhibition in several acts, the session adheres to the rules of a score performed by its author or by a third party.
Pierre Bal-Blanc - Reversibility - A Theater of De-Creation
bilingual edition (English / French)
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
(last copies available!)
The catalogue of a cycle of exhibitions that took place over the course of four years, from a reflection on the notion of the “mediation” of artworks (withDavid Lamelas, Benoit Maire, Dominique Petitgand, Giasco Bertoli, Robert Breer, Esther Ferrer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ben Kinmont, Jirí Kovanda, Martha Rosler...).
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