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Nicolas Party

Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, Switzerland) works across the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. Frequently rendered in soft pastel and blended by hand, his androgynous, biomorphic subjects challenge the normative codes of representational painting. Party’s lustrous, jewel-toned works skew perspective and expand his fantastical settings beyond the picture plane. The artist’s fascination with the natural world, and the characters that inhabit it, reveal his interest in the art historical legacies of Classical antiquity, Renaissance painting, late nineteenth-century Romanticism, and twentieth-century figurative painting. Party lives in New York City.

Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (2022); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2022); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2021–22); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2021); Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland (2021); MASI Lugano, Switzerland (2021); M Woods Museum, Beijing (2018); Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Dallas Museum of Art (2016). Party’s work is represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Menil Collection, Houston; Morgan Library & Museum, New York; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among other institutions.

Nicolas Party: When Tomorrow Comes is on view at the Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany, until February 18, 2024. Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera is on view at the Frick Collection, New York, until March 3, 2024.

Photographer: Juliana Sohn

Photographer: Juliana Sohn

Born 1980 Lausanne, Switzerland
Lives and works in New York

Education

2009

MFA, Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom

2004

BFA, Lausanne School of Art, Lausanne, Switzerland

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2023

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany, Nicolas Party: When Tomorrow Comes

The Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, Nicolas Party: Landscape

Hauser & Wirth, New York, Swamp

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, Cretaceous

The Frick Collection, New York, Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, Cascade

2022

Hauser & Wirth, Hong Kong, Red Forest

Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, Triptych

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, L’heure mauve 

2021-22

Karma, New York, Watercolor

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., Draw the Curtain

2021

Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, Stage Fright

Le Consortium, Dijon, France, Boilly

Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland, Heads and Cave 

MASI Lugano, Switzerland, Rovine

2020

Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, Nicolas Party: Sottobosco

2019

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Grotto

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, Trees

Marble House, Newport, Nicolas Party: MARBLE GHOSTS, curated by Dodie Kazanjian
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Polychrome

2018

M Woods Museum, Beijing, Arches
Magritte Museum, Brussels, Magritte parti
The Modern Institute, Aird’s Lane Green Space, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Head
Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Heads

Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Pietra Dura

2017

Karma, New York, Pastel
Gallery MET, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dinner for 24 Sheep
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Three Seasons
Hirschhorn Museum, Washington DC, sunrise, sunset
Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom, Nicolas Party: Speakers

2016

Palazzo Antinori, Florence, Italy, Nicolas Party in the Garden Room
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Pathway
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Three Cats
Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Cimaise
Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Mezzotint
Neuchâtel International Film Festival – Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Sorcières et escargots; with Jesse Wine
RISE Projects, London, Snails in Notting Hill; with Jesse Wine

2015

kaufmann repetto, Milano, Italy, Snails’ Chapel
SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland, Panorama
Inverleith House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Boys and Pastel
kaufmann repetto, Milano, Italy, Two Naked Women
Centre culturel suisse, Paris, Pastel et nu

2014

Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, Trunks and Faces
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, Three Elephant’s Day
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, Landscape
Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Pastel
David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Carrot Stairs

2013

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Still Life Oil Paintings and Landscape Watercolours
Davel 14, Cully, Switzerland, Cully Jazz: Nicolas Party

2012

Salon 94 Freemans, New York, Dinner for 24 Dogs
Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Still Lifes and Big Naked Women
Swiss Institute, New York, Still Life, Stones and Elephants

2011

Remap 3, Athens, Greece, Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Dinner for 24 Elephants
The Woodmill, London, Elephants at the Woodmill
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, Three Elephant’s Day; performance with Serge Vuille
Doll Espace D’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland, Charlotte; with Stephane Devidal

2010

Le Rez de Chaussee, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Elephants, spoons and sausage rolls
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, New Work Scotland
Intermedia, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Teapots and Sausages
La Placette, Lausanne, Switzerland, Teapots, Bread and Sausages

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024

Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, APROPOS HODLER

2023

Level & Co, New York, Into Another World

Hauser & Wirth, New York, Exemplary Modern: Sophie Taeuber-Arp with Contemporary Artists

The Modern Institute,  Glasgow, UK, Cretaceous

Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, Wishing Well

Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland, REVIVAL I – XVIIIe siècle

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, Dix and the Present

2022

Margot Samel, New York, To be a giant and keep quiet about it

Art & Newport, Isaac Bell House, Newport, Rhode Island, Pictus Porrectus

David Zwirner, New York, For Keeps: Selected Parkett Editions 1984-2017

Acquavella Galleries, Palm Beach, FL and New York, Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes

LACMA, Los Angeles, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined 

Alexander Berggruen, New York, The Natural World: Part I

2021

Tif Sigfrids, New York, Eau de Vallotton

Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy, Museum for Preventive Imagination

FLAG Art Foundation, New York, and I will wear you in my heart of heart

Le Consortium, Dijon, L’Almanach 20

Foundation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland, Hans Emmenegger

Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zürich, Switzerland, yes. this is how we pierce the vault of heaven

The Hole, New York, Nature Morte

2020

Karma, New York, (Nothing but) Flowers

Kaufman Repetto, Milan, vent’anni – twenty years

Hauser & Wirth, New York, Artists for New York

Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Colección Jumex. On the Razor’s Edge

The Zënza Sëida Cultural Association and the Biennale Gherdëina, Dolomites, Italy, Biennale Gherdëina 7

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Shall und Rauch

McCabe Fine Art, New York, Figures and Faces. A McCabe Pop Up Exhibition in New York

2019

GRIMM Gallery, New York, Away in the Hill
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, Nicolas Party. Pastel, curated by Nicolas Party
Phillips, London, HYSTERICAL

2018

Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Nightfall, curated by Erika Verzutti, Fernanda Brenner and Milovan Farronato
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium, The Biennial of Painting
Herald St, London, Use Your Illusion
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Open House
Parkett @ Nomad St. Moritz, Samedan, Switzerland, SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Frac Lorraine, Metz, France, You Remind Me of Someone
Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland, Pastels du 16e au 21e siècle
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, Arles, France, La Vie simple – Simplement la vie

2017

Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Wie werden wir uns wiedererkennen, curated by Fanny Gonella

2016

S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, These Strangers… Painting and People
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, Olympia; organized by Karma, New York
Inverleith House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, I still Believe in Miracles
König Galerie, Berlin, Surreal
Kunsthalle Emden, Germany, VITAMINBOMBE Früchtebilder von Picasso bis Warhol

2015

Shanaynay, Paris, Full House
Salon 94, New York, Tiger Tiger
Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Cantina del Bargino, Italy, STILL-LIFE Remix
artgenève Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland, Prix Mobilière
Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China, Poster Club: Wheat, Mud, Machine

2014

Milan, Italy, THENnow, Miart
Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne, Germany, I’m so green
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, I’m a Painting

2013

Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany, /prospekt/ Funktion / Disfunktion – Kunstzentrum Glasgow
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Uri Aran, JWDB, Nicolas Party
Glasgow Print Studio, United Kingdom, 40/40
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, IHRE GESCHICHTE(N)
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, Just What Is Not Is Possible – Painting in Space
The Bothy Project at the Walled Garden, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 157 Days of Sunshine

2012

Frieze Art Fair, London, Frieze Projects 2012
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, CARPETS OF DISTINCTION
Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Switzerland, The Best of Times
R4, Ile Seguin, Paris, Allez-y
The Duchy Gallery, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Arrives In Starting

2011

Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Painting Show
Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Poster Club
Glasgow Print Studio, United Kingdom, Poster Chaud
GOMA, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Blueprint for a Bogey
Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Draw in
The Royal Standard, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Elephants at The Royal Standard

2010

Le Quartier Centre d’Art Contemporain, Quimper, United Kingdom, Air de jeux
Mary Mary, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Interference with twigs
The Glue Factory, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Kiss of death
Temporary Space, Glasgow, United Kingdom, The Show in the Shoe

2009

Project Room, Glasgow, United Kingdom, Gazing Ball
Tramway, Glasgow, United Kingdom, MFA Show
APS Artnews project+Twinspace, Berlin, Set up and go
Plateaux Festival Mousonturm, Frankfurt, The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution
Festival les Urbain, Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland, The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution

2008

Galerie Analix, Geneva, Fertiles differences
The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition
Kunstalle, Ligenthalle, Switzerland, Unter < 30
Messe, Basel, Switzerland, Swiss Art Award

2007

Ford, Geneva, Switzerland, Blakadama
Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland, Les Urbaines
Ford, Geneva, OB zine
Centre Pasquart, Bienne, Switzerland, Unter < 30
Ford, Geneva, Switzerland, Wunder stanza

2006

Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne, Switzerland, Blakam madame 2
Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland, Mini golf
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, Viper Basel

2005

La Rusille, Vallorbe, Switzerland, Elle procure des plaisirs qui n’ont rien à voir avec le plaisir de se gratter
Park Tower Hall, Tokyo, Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations
Goethe-Institute, Kyoto, Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations

2004

Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland, Cinquième partie

2003

Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland, Désire Design
Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, MediaSpace Suiza
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, Viper Basel

2002

Plug.in, Basel, Switzerland, Viper 22 replay 2

Commissions and Permanent Installations

2021

Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D.C., Draw the Curtain

2020

RxArt, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital

2017

Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dinner for 24 Sheep
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Nicolas Party: Cafe Party

Awards

2008

Swiss Art Award, Messe, Basel, Switzerland

Public Collections

Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Antinori Art Project, Tuscany
Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Consortium Museum, Dijon, France
David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Elie Khouri Foundation
Fiorucci Art Trust, London
Fondazione Fiera Milano, Milan
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Fundación Medianoche0, Granada, Spain
Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas
He Art Museum (HEM), Shunde, Guangdong, China
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Julius Baer Art Collection
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stravanger, Norway
Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
Long Museum, Shanghai, China
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LVMH, France
M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Masahiro Maki Foundation, Tokyo
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
MWOODS, Beijing, China
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Roche Art Collection, Basel, Switzerland
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Swiss Re Art Collection
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City
UBS Art Collection
X Museum / Michael Xufu Huang, Beijing, China
Zurich Insurance Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Publications

2019

Gertrude Abercrombie, Ann Craven, Nicolas Party, Matthew Wong
Karma, New York
60 pages
8 1⁄4 × 11 inches

2017

Pastel
Karma, New York
184 pages, hardcover
9 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches

2014

Pastel
Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich
30 pages
9 1/2 × 12 1/4 inches

2011

Nicolas Party
The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
48 pages, softcover
9 1/2 × 8 1/4 inches

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