Born in 1952 in Creutzwald, France
Dead in 2015 in Taipei, Taïwan


After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Metz and at the Royal College of Art in London in the late 1970s, Jean-Luc Vilmouth participated in numerous international exhibitions during the 1980s, including the Venice and Sydney Biennials and Documenta (1982). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in several institutions in France, such as the Magasin – Centre national d’Art contemporain de Grenoble (1987), the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris (1987), the Centre Pompidou (1991), and abroad at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1988), the Spiral in Tokyo (1997), and the Innova Art Center in Milwaukee (1998). Over the years, he has produced a large number of works in the public space around the world, focusing his interventions on the transformation of the environment and the relationship with the inhabitants. Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s practice is protean and includes photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and performance. He has traveled extensively in the course of his research, in Asia, North and South America and in the Amazon. He has established a very deep connection with Japan where he has often exhibited and resided (Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto, 1997). In 2015 he participated in «Parasophia / Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture», Kyoto Municipal Museum, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and «Hiroshima Art Document».

He has taught at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, the École nationale supérieure d’arts et de design de Grenoble, the Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles, the Art Center College of Pasadena (United States), the Dutch Art Institute MFA Artez Arnhem (Netherlands), the China Academy of Art, the Kyoto City University of Art (Japan), as well as the Geidai University of the Arts in Tokyo (Japan).

From 1978 to 2015, Jean-Luc Vilmouth has exhibited chronologically in the following galleries: Yvon Lambert, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; Michele Lachowsky, Antwerp; Kanransha Gallery Tokyo; Barbara Toll Fine Arts Gallery, New York; Galerie Eric Fabre / de Paris, Paris; Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna; Galerie De Leege; Ruimte, Bruges; Primo Piano, Rome; Roger Pailhas, Marseille; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Hubert Winter, Vienna; Galerie Esther Shipper, Cologne; Galerie Anadiel, Jerusalem; Galerie Artra, Milan; Aline Vidal, Paris; Gallery Mori-Yu, Kyoto; Gallery 604, Busan.

In 2022, his work will be presented as part of the exhibition Trans(m)issions. L’expérience du partage at MO.CO – Hôtel des Collections in Montpellier, then in 2023 at Galerie Jousse Entreprise in the exhibition Atmosphères sensibilisées, curated by Marie Brines.

In October 2023, a duo show will present works by Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Ange Leccia at the Paris + by Art Basel fair at the Grand Palais Éphémère.

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