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Sophie Calle

*1953, Paris, F; lives and works in Paris and New York

For over twenty years, Sophie Calle has been fascinated with blurring the boundaries of public and private in everyday life. Using photography and text as her medium and strangers as her subjects, Calle approaches her work much like a detective. She rises issues on intimacy and identity, playing with the experience of watching and being watched, often pushing the limits of what is generally respected as private.

Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Bibliography | Recommended Links

Solo Exhibitions

»Public Places - Private Spaces«, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco [USA]
»Double Game«, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York [USA]
»Portraits d’artistes, Sophie Calle«, Museé d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence, Grasse [F]

»Die wahren Geschichten der Sophie Calle«, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel [D]; Haus der Kunst München [D] - Cat.

»Exquisite Pain«, Harra Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo [J] [1999-2000]
»Double Game«, Camden Arts Centre, London [UK]
»Souvenirs de Berlin-Est«, Musée de Strasbourg, Strasbourg [F]

»The Birthday Ceremony«, The Tate Gallery, London [UK]
Centre National de la Photographie, Paris [F]

»relatos«, Centre Cultural de la Fundación "la Caixa", Barcelona [E] - Cat.
»Suite Vénitienne«, White Cube, London [UK]

»True Stories«, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv [IL]
»The Detachment - Die Entfernung«, Gallery Arndt & Partner, Berlin [D] 1995 »Proofs«, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara [USA] u.a.
»Absence«, Portalen, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Copenhagen [DK] 1994
»Sophie Calle: Romances«, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston [USA]
»Absence«, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam [NL]
»L' absence«, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne [CH]

»Blind Color«, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York [USA]
»Double Blind«, Kunsthalle Wien, Wienna [A]

»Sophie Calle: à suivre ..«., ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris [F]
»Sophie Calle, in under skinnet« , Kulturhuset, Stockholm [S]

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston [USA]

De Appel, Amsterdam [NL]
Centre d'Art Contemporain, Orléans [F]


Group Exhibitions

»Game Show«, MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA. [USA] [2001/ 2002]
»Beautiful Productions, art to play, art to wear, art to own«, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London [UK]
»Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts«, Haus der Kunst, München [D]

»Around 1984: A Look at Art in the 80’s«, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York [USA]

»Museum as Muse«, Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA]

»Premises«, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York [USA]

»Trade Routes: History and Geography«,
Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg [ZA] »Sophie Calle: The Husband [Autobiographical Stories] and Other Works«, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City [USA]

»Now Here«, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk [DK] - Cat.
»By Night«, Fondation Cartier, Paris [F] - Cat.
»Passions privées«, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris [F] - Cat.
»Féminin-Masculin Cinéma«, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris [F]

»Some Went Mad...Some Ran Away«, Serpentine Gallery, London [UK]; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago [USA] u.a.
»Endstation Sehnsucht«, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich [CH] - Kat

»Double Take«, Kunsthalle Wien, Wienna [A]
»Whitney Biennial«, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York [USA] - Cat.
»Über Leben«, Kunstverein Bonn [D] -Cat.

»Dislocation«, Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA]; »Carnegie International«, Pittsburgh [USA] - Cat.

»The Ready-made Boomerang«, Sydney Bieninal, Sydney [AUS] - Cat.
»Seven Obsessions«, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London [UK]
»Images in Transition: Photographic Representation Towards the 90’s«, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto [J]; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo [J] - Cat.

De Appel, Amsterdam [NL]

»Autoportraits«, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris [F] - Cat.



Liam Gillick: »Marine Hugonnier«, in : La revista del Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporànea, September - December 2001; Calle, Sophie, Appointment: Sophie Calle and Sigmund FreudLondon: Violette Editions, 2001; »Die wahren Geschichten der Sophie Calle«, exhib. Kat. Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, and Haus der Kunst München [D] 2000; Pascal Beausse: »Marine Hugonnier«, in: Flash Art, 33, No 214, October 2000; Auster, Paul; Sophie Calle, Double Game, London: Violette Editions, 1998; »relatos«, ehib. cat. Centre Cultural de la Fundación "la Caixa", Barcelona 1997; Calle, Sophie, The Detachment. A Berlin Travel Guide/ Die Entfernung. Ein Berlin-Reiseführer, Dresden: Verlag der Kunst, 1996; Jacques Morice : »Le sang, la salive et les grains de riz«, in: Beaux Arts magazine, 125, July/ August 1994; Calle, Sophie, Suite Vénetienne, Paris: Eds. de l'Étoile. Ècrits sur lìmage, 1983.


Recommended Links

- >detailed Biography

- > Heinrich Barbara : »Rituale« [2000] - [in German]
[exhib. cat. »»The True Stories of Sophie Calle«, Museum Fredericianum Kassel, 08.04. - 21.05.2001, and Haus der Kunst München, 26.08. - 12. 11.2000]

° Exhibitions ::

- > »Sophie Calle: Public Places - Private Spaces«, Jewish Museum San Francisco [USA], 2001 - [review]

- > »Sophie Calle: The Detachment. Double Blind«, Helsinki City Art Museum [FIN], 2001

- > »The True Stories of Sophie Calle«, Haus der Kunst München [D], 2000

- > »Exquisite Pain«, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokio [J] , 1999 - [Rezension]

- > »The Museum as Muse«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York [USA], 1999 - [group exhibition]

- > Sophie Calle, Centre national de la Photographie [CNP], Paris [F], 1998

- > »Sophie Calle: Double Game«, as part of the exhibition »Game Show«, MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA. [USA], 2001 - 2002

- > »Sophie Calle: Proofs«, Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI [USA], 1995/ 96

° Further Links ::

- > July Martin: »Maria, Myself and I« [in: The New York Times, July 09, 2000]
[Review of the book Double Game [1998] by Paul Auster and Sophie Calle.]

- > Auster, Paul; Sophie Calle, Double Game [1998], First Chapter



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