Pierre Bismuth

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
1963

Pierre Bismuth is a French artist and filmmaker based in Brussels. In 2019 he had a residency at DAAD in Berlin. Bismuth made his directorial debut with the 2016 feature film Where is Rocky II?, the same year he has been honored with the Prix Nouvelles Vagues at the Festival International du Film de la Roche-sur-Yon and in 2005 Bismuth was awarded the Oscar in the category Best Original Screenplay with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In 2013 he participated in the exhibition On the Tip of My Tongue at Magasin III – Museum for Contemporary Art.

The artist employs artistic practice as a tool for examining our perception of reality as well as our relation to culture and its productions. The underlying aim of his works is always the same – to destabilize pre-established codes of perception and to push the viewer to become critical and incredulous even when presented with cultural objects whose meaning appears self-evident. Bismuth pays a tribute to the icons of contemporary arts Marcel Duchamp, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, whose characters are represented by the great Basil Rathbone, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise. Through his well-known irony, the artist wires up different worlds, dimensions and imaginaries.

Pierre Bismuth, Portrait in front of Following the Right Hand of Sigmund Freud #1 – #6, 2013
Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Vienna
Photo: David Avazzadeh, Kunsthalle Wien 2015