Patricia Dreyfus

Skulpturen, Stickereien, Zeichnungen
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Vita
Patricia Dreyfus (born in 1951, has been living and working in Berlin since 2012) began working as a documentary filmmaker in France in 1972 (until 1992), focusing on subjects related to art, music and business. From 1982 to 1984, she trained in fine art, first in the studio of Gregory Mazurovsky at the Centre Américain in Paris, then at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, also in Paris. Before moving the main focus of her life to Berlin in 2012, she lived from 1992 to 2012 in Basel, where she concentrated fully on broadening her artistic oeuvre, which from 2009 onwards was shown in exhibitions in Switzerland, the USA, France, Austria and Germany. Her works were included, among others, in group exhibitions in the Kunsthalle Basel, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse and the Angelika Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg, Germany.

The recent solo exhibitions are WE ARE MULTITUDES in L I N I E N 83 A, Berlin (April till June 2022) - lettre à moi-même #3 (2021) in Wolfenbüttel Kunstverein, and in Galerie Albrecht in Berlin lettre à moi-même #2 (2021), which was preceded by her exhibition lettre à moi-même #1 (2019) in Mesmer Galerie in Basel, Switzerland.
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Exhibitions
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2022
WE ARE MULTITUDES, L I N I E N 83A, Berlin - DE

2021
lettre à moi-même #3, Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel - DE

2020-2021
lettre à moi-même #2, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin - DE

2019
lettre à moi-même #1, Galerie Mesmer, Basel - CH

2012
HumanKapital, Häuser und Asche, Kunstverein Ebersberg, DE

2012
Weggefährten, Kunstverein Ottobrunn, DE

2012
Insomnia, Kunsthaus Norden, DE

2011
Insomnia, M54, Basel, CH

2010
Traces/Spuren, Karmeliterkirche, Wiener Neustadt, AT

2009
War Memories Reinvented, QCC Gallery, New York, USA




GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
AUSBLICKE, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin DE

2018
Das kleine Format, Atelierhof-Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE

2016
Kölner Liste , Cologne, DE

2013
Wer bist du?, Museum Schwarzenberg, DE

2013
Umspann ZENTRALE, Galerie G11, Berlin, DE

2013
Kauf mich, Schwartzsche Villa Galerie, Berlin, DE

2011
Remise en Jeu, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, FR

2010
Regionale, Fabrik culture, Hégenheim, FR

2009
Regionale, Kunsthalle, Basel, CH
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Publications
BIBLIOGRAPHIE

2017
Die imaginäre Insel (Schulz und Schulz)

2011
Insomnia (Benteli)

2004
Obstinate Creation (Linsenmann AG)

1996
Signes de têtes / Headsign (Mendiboure)


ART AND DOCUMENTARY FILM
« Aux sources du monde arabe », 1989, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

« La rencontre au sommet » 1987, Award for Best Documentary Film, Biarritz Film Festival in France

« L’homme réparé », 1986, Centre de la Villette, Paris

« Roberto Matta »,1984

« Les Iles flottantes de Boris Tissot », 1983, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

« Le rêve d’Aurélie », 1983

« La Vie et l’Oeuvre de Shirley Goldfarb », 1982, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris and Musée de Pontoise
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"About heads, bodies and other relations"
"Modelled heads, over and again: floor installations, behind glass, in groups or individually mounted on metal rods. At eye level, with their presence they acquire minimal physical traits and intimacy. In clay or bronze, Patricia Dreyfus’s heads betoken an inner gaze, prompting viewers to adopt a form of introspection that is not infrequently unsettling. The innumerable and occasionally isolated heads in her installation Charbon (Coal), or in the work Le sable (The sand), offer up a plethora of possible readings, leaving one with an unsettling sense of ambivalence. Even those colourful heads in heaps, as in Insomnia, remind us of mass graves or even shrunken heads. On closer and more focused inspection Patricia Dreyfus’s heads mutate into strange protagonists of a seemingly vanished world. But Dreyfus is less interested in relics and history than she is in stories. All her partially coloured clay or bronze heads have personal traits. At first sight they remind us of the familiar miniatures displayed in the glass cabinets of ethnological museums which often conform to idealised images. By contrast, the expressions of the human Têtes, as Patricia Dreyfus calls them, have much more individuality. They resemble portraits of people she might have run into by accident. Yet in their broad diversity they develop their own – self-constructed –mythology.

The heads seek dialogue without creating distance, in spite of, or precisely because of their fragile appearance. Encountering them is more of a confrontation than in Dreyfus’s recent drawings where her heads give way to entire bodies. As they rise up from the ground, the long black rods are transformed into lines that converge to create scenarios not unlike those of her installations. Her characteristic, mostly female figures are drawn, animated and, more recently, embroidered. In the textile works they sometimes disappear into the folds thrown by the fabrics, or they suddenly reveal themselves again, appearing to rise up out of the surfaces. They first emerge as fragments of bodies gradually unveiling themselves the moment we unfurl the embroidered fabric, similar to her animated works where we become accomplices to her unfolding stories. Dreyfus invites viewers to participate in the creative process, during which the lines converge or, indeed, draw apart again."

By Harald Theiss, art historian, curator and author.
TÊTE 0110
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Tête en boîte
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Le petit homme
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Le groupe
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Monsieur Plume
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