LUCILE BERTRAND

Born in 1960 in France
Lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Born in 1960 in France, Lucile Bertrand moved to New York in 1995 before settling in 2001 in Brussels. She exhibits regularly in Europe and in the US. Her works takes various forms – works on paper, sculpture, video or large-scale site-specific installations – and she uses a large range of materials. Her reflection and research are often based on literature and philosophy.

Her creations are characterized by pure lines and an economy of means that nonetheless hold considerable semantic depths. From everyday tragedies or large-scale disasters, her visual metaphors bring forward a subtle and nuanced landscape of political and human crises. Often, the artist collects testimonies which she then traces, measures and juxtaposes to form mapped itineraries. Between lightness and gravity, between taking flight and falling, Lucile Bertrand poetically evokes themes of displacement, absence and the fragility of life.


“In today’s society, beset by doubt and instability, Lucile Bertrand stands as an observer of the world and shares with us, through various images tinted bitter sweet, her personal vision of a kind of disorientation, a precarious balance that can, at any time, tip the course of things on an upward or downward pathway; leaving a sense of vertigo.”

Catherine Henkinet, in exhibition catalogue
Artists’ duet: an exchange, January 2012

 


 

[READING LIST]

Selected essays:

  • “Do you remember?” by Véronique Danneels, 2014 (EN) (FR)
  • “Lucile Bertrand – Envolée lyrique” by Catherine Henkinet, 2012 (FR)
  • “Entre deux” by Marie Guérisse, 2006 (FR)
  • “Effacement versus oblivion” by Christophe Veys, 2004 (EN) (FR)
  • “Sur le fil…” by Frédérique Versaen, 2004 (FR)
  • “Une pluralité d’inscription au monde” by Pascale Viscardy, 2004 (FR)
  • “Une certaine vision de l’immatériel” by Frédérique Margraff, 2003 (FR)

Press:

 

"L'iselp, voir & comprendre l'art contemporain / Lucile Bertrand / Artiste / 03:08", L'iselp centredart, 2012
"Trailer ‘amnesia’ - Lucile Bertrand, 2014-2018", Lucile Bertrand, 2018

COLLECTIONS

Art OMI collection, New York (US)

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Library of the Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania (US)

Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju (KR)

KBR, Royal Library of Belgium (BE)

Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE)

Museum of Water Source O Rama, Chaudfontaine (BE)

Galila Barzilaï-Hollander Collection, Brussels (BE)

Public Library of Cergy, Cergy (FR)

SOLO SHOWS

2019

Almost, het Labo atrium, Tokyo (JP)

2018

Amnesia, Contretype, art center for photography, Brussels (BE)

2017

Travelers and Strangers, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn (US)

2016

No Man is an Island, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2014

Tu te souviens ? (Do You Remember?), Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE)

2012

Sur le Fil (On the Tightrope), Keitelman Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2009

Spring, (Em72), Brussels (BE)

2004

Monographie Arts 00+4, La Médiatine, Brussels (BE)
Lots of love from…, site-specific installation, Comptoir du Nylon, Brussels (BE)

1998

Dear Neighbor…, Cave, Brooklyn, New York (US)

1995

L’Arbre à Lettres, Paris (FR)

1994

Galerie Büsch, Berlin (DE)

Cloister of the Main Library, Cergy (FR)

GROUP SHOWS

2020

I feel really awake, cur. Claire Leblanc, Maison du Peuple / Volkshuis, Saint-Gilles (BE)

Miroirs 3 – De terre et de ciel, cur. Myriam Louyest and Christophe Veys, Parc d’Enghien, Enghien (BE)

2019

Achrome, Irène Laub Gallery, Bruxelles (BE)

Residence à L’Escaut avec Collectif Hic Sunt, L’Escaut Architectures, Brussels (BE)

2018

Variations, Art’Loft, Lee-Bauwens Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Cartographic Anxiety, Collective Hic Sunt, Arondit contemporary art center, Paris (FR)

Focus on the Flatfile: Inter(action), Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York (US)

2017

Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles: New Additions, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York (US)

The Right To Be Human, Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR)

2016

Projection of video amnesia, May 24, seminar Memory and Conflicts resolution, Institute of Political Sciences Louvain-Europe, Université Catholique de Louvain (BE)

Cent artistes en liberté, site-specific installation, Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels (BE)

Projection of video amnesia, March 24, Africa Museum and Bozar, Brussels (BE)

Boudoir Féministe, Amazone, Brussels (BE)

2015

Boudoir Féministe, Amazone, Brussels (BE)

Summer chaud, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Stack/File: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, cur. Ana Torok (Whitney Museum of American art), Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York (US)

Endless, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2014

Projection of video amnesia, Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts,Brussels (BE)

Valentin, cur. Isabelle Baines, La Quincaillerie, Brussels (BE)

2013

From Gent to Ghent, residency and exhibition at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York (US)

Partager le sensible (Sharing the Sensitive), Magasin de Papier Gallery, Mons (BE)

Inside Out: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, cur. Laura Phipps (Whitney Museum of American Art), Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York (US)

2012

Duo d’artistes: un échange, installation in situ, ISELP, Brussels (BE)

Pop Up, liens artistiques (Artistic Links), Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE)

2011

Cumulus Momemtum #1, Le Corbusier Apartment-studio, Paris, and La Cité radieuse, Marseille (FR)

Onze (Eleven), cur. Benoît Félix, Exit 11 Gallery, Grand Leez (BE)

Non, pas ce soir (Not Tonight), cur. La Trame, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE)

In Bloom, cur. Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York (US)

2010

Flower Power, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Sites Specific ’10, cur. Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York (US)

Close Encounter, cur. Eunhee Yang, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju (KR)

Qui est le maître ?, Lemniscate Gallery, Toulouse (FR)

Rose, c’est la vie, cur. Bernard Villers, CO21, Contemporary Color Center, Brussels (BE)

2009

Duo avec Eric Aupol (Duo with), Marijke Schreurs Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Parcels for the Promised Land, Kunstbüro, Berlin (DE)

Autour des éditions La Trame (Artists with éditions La Trame), Saint-Hubert Art Bookstore, Brussels (BE)

2008

Duo avec Peter Hulsmans (Duo with), Marijke Schreurs Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Point Zero, Marijke Schreurs Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Bruxelles, territoire de convergences, cur.  Anne-Laure Chamboissier and Bernard Marcelis, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE)

Bruxelles, territoire de convergences, cur.  Christine Ollier et Lilou Vidal, Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2007

Zone de Turbulences, Wolu-Culture, Brussels (BE)

L’eau et les rêves (Water and Dreams), curator Alexandra Roussopoulos,Kamchatka Gallery, Paris (FR)

Drawing file, Kentler Drawing Center, Brooklyn, New York (US)

IM-agined, collaboration with the dance company Joji Inc, SCRP Festival, Einthoven (NL)

2006

Shingle Walls, permanent installation, Central-Plaza, Brussels (BE)

Elles, site-specific installation, Les Brasseurs Contemporary Art Center, Liège (BE)

Mer, cur. Paul Gonze, Atelier 340 Muzeum, Brussels, (BE)

A(rt)ctivisme, Jacques Franck Cultural Art Centre, Brussels (BE)

White, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (IE)

2005

Horsefeathers, Etc., cur. by Thalia Vrachopoulos, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York (US)

Capturing Clouds, permanent installation, Source O Rama, Chaudfontaine (BE)

2004

Le Petit Chaperon rouge, Archetype Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Accrochage, Archetype Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2003

Identity Papers, Porte 11 Gallery, Brussels (BE)

NeonNord, site-specific project, Brussels (BE)

Diaphanous and Illusion, site-specific installation, ISELP, Brussels (BE)

2002

Reactions, Exit Art, New York (US)

Second Nature, Kingsborough Community College Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (US)

100 artists for the 100 years of the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, site-specific installation, Petit-Château, Brussels (BE)

Panorama-city, Gretel’s File, Zürich (CH)

2001

The Journeys In Between, site-specific installation, Solvay Library, Brussels (BE)

Invited competition for permanent outdoor installation, Brussels South train station (BE)

2000

Line Project, outdoor site-specific installation, with Artspace, New Haven (US)

Main Exhibition, Chamberlain Building, New Haven (US)

Advent, site-specific installation, Corpus Christi Church, New York (BE)

Women in the Visual Arts, cur. Lisa Dennison, (Guggenheim Museum, New York), Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, New York (US)

Wide Open, Gretel’s File, Zürich (CH)

1999

War, Postmasters, New York (US)

The Surrealist Evolution, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York (US)

Group Show, Bingo Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (US)

Women in the Visual Arts, cur. Lisa Dennison, (Guggenheim Museum, New York), Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, New York (US)

1998

Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, New York (US)

Women in the Visual Arts, cur. Andrea Miller-Keller (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford) , Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Hartford (US)

1997

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s Open Studio, New York (US)

1994

Two-person exhibition, Jacques Guhl Gallery, Montreux (CH)

SCREENING

2018

Contretype, art center for photography, Brussels (BE)

2017

Lab’attoir, Thessaloniki (GR)

2016

Institute of Political Sciences Louvain-Europe, Louvain-la-Neuve University (BE), Africa Museum and Bozar, Brussels (BE)

2015

Seminar Art & Memory, Louvain-la-Neuve University (BE)

2014

Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE)

Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (BE)

RESIDENCIES & GRANTS

2017

Grant from WBI, Wallonie-Bruxelles International (BE)

Grant from the Kentler International Drawing Space, for the solo exhibition Travelers and Strangers, Brooklyn, New York (US)

2014

Grant from Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and Les Amis de la Maison des Arts de Schaerbeek for the video amnesia (BE)

2013

Residency at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York (US), with a grant from WBI, Wallonie-Bruxelles International

2010

Acquisition of artist book La Croisée des Chemins, by Residency and commission for a site-specific installation, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, (KR) for the Close Encounter exhibition

Residency and commission for a site-specific installation, Islip Museum, East Islip, New York (US), with a grant from WBI, Wallonie-Bruxelles International

2009

Grant from WBI, Wallonie-Bruxelles International for participation to the International Women Artists Biennale at Incheon, Seoul (KR)

2004

Commission from Brussels-Museums-Exhibitions/City of Brussels for the Lots of Love from… project, Comptoir du Nylon, Brussels (BE)

2003

Commission from the Institut Supérieur pour l’Étude du Langage Plastique, Brussels (BE) for a site-specific installation in the Diaphanous and Illusion exhibition

2001

Commission from the French Institute for The Journeys In Between, in collaboration with the British Council, Solvay Library, Brussels (BE)

1994

Grant for personal catalogue, in collaboration with Éditions L’Arbre à Lettres, Direction des Affaires Culturelles de la Ville de Paris (FR)