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Martin Boyce, artist having exhibited at the NMNM as part of the exhibition "La Carte d'après Nature", winner of 2011 Turner Prize

12-07-2011-

    The artist Martin Boyce, who was among the group of artists selected by Thomas Demand and the New National Museum of Monaco at the Villa Paloma's inaugural exhibition, La Carte d'après Nature, has just been awarded the 2011 Turner Prize.

    To mark the event, the New National Museum of Monaco produced a piece, Warm Dry Stone and Palm Leaves, 2010 and presented No Bird, n° 7, 2009.
    The work commissioned by the NMNM, Warm Dry Stone and Palm Leaves, is a reinterpretation of the metal benches located in the Princess Antoinette Gardens, the Exotic Garden and on the Terrace of the Museum of Anthropology.

    The Tuner Prize is the most prestigious annual award presented to a contemporary artist (generally British) aged under 50. It was set up by the Tate Britain in London in 1984. Nominees are voted for by the public in May and the four shortlisted artists are selected in July. The works are usually exhibited from the end of October until January and the winner is announced in December by a jury made up of commissioners and influential critics, and is presided over this year by Penelope Curtis, director of the Tate Britain. This year, the exhibition is being held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

    Marie-Claude Beaud, director of the NMNM, was herself a member of the jury for the Turner Prize in 1992, which was awarded to Grenville Davey. She was head of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris at the time.

    Martin Boyce's installations and sculptures draw upon the language of the urban, built environment and the everyday poetic possibilities that oscillate around and within these places. Tapping into the vocabulary and history of modernist design and architecture Boyce recreates its essential components and structures and transforms them into what he calls “unstable landscapes” in which social exchange might occur. Within these fractured landscapes, the artist endeavours to push the meanings of modernist design to their most deconstructed state, thus showing that they are still recognisable in both classical and popular cultures, even when their original function has been removed.

    Boyce earned a degree and master degree in plastic arts from the Glasgow School of Art (1990, 1997). He also studied at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (1996).

    In 2009 Martin Boyce represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition, ‘No Reflections'.

    He lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.



    Caption for the 1st image (interior view)

    Exhibition view La carte d'après Nature
    NMNM - Villa Paloma

    On the right
    Martin Boyce
    No Bird, n°7, 2009
    Paper and fabrics
    60.5 X 170 cm
    Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster LTD, Glasgow

    On the left

    René Magritte
    Jeune fille mangeant un oiseau (le plaisir), 1927
    Oil on canvas
    74 X 98 cm
    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
    © Charly Herscovici, Brussels 2010

    Photo credit NMNM/Adrien Missika, 2010

    Caption 2nd image

    Exhibition view La Carte d’après Nature
    NMNM - Villa Paloma

    Martin Boyce
    Warm Dry Stone and Palm Leaves, 2010
    Painted stainless steel
    Commissioned by the New National Museum of Monaco
    Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

    Photo credit NMNM/Adrien Missika, 2010
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