Théo Mercier

Théo Mercier was born in Paris in 1984. He lives and works between Paris and Mexico.

He studied in Paris at the National School of Industrial Design (ENSCI) and in Berlin at the Universität der Künste (UDK). Alongside Bernhard Willhelm, he worked on his Björk stage costume collection before moving to New York in 2008 to assist Matthew Barney on his opera project River of Fundament.

Sculptor and stage director, Théo Mercier works on the relation between the work and its environment. In his installations, he mixes his own sculptures with objects or artifacts he collected over his travels, and seeks to create a real choreography of the eye for the viewer. The diversity of the collections thus gathered is an image of what globalization is; their arrangement evokes a certain archeology of the future where strangeness, poetry and humor emerge from unusual reconciliations.

Théo Mercier has had personal exhibitions at the 13rd Havana Biennial, Cuba (2019), Musée de la Chasse et la Nature (2019, 2012), Museo El Eco, Mexico City (2017), Musée de l’Homme, Paris (2017), [mac] Marseille, Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (2013), Tri Postal, Lille (2012).

He also participated in many collective shows among which are Hello world, at Hamburger Banhof, Berlin (2018), Hybrides, The body in question, at Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City (2018), In the studio, Frac Bretagne, Rennes (2018), The Silent Echo, Museum of the archeological site of Baalbek, Lebanon (2016), Find the boy, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine (2015), Surrealism and the object, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013).

Théo Mercier was a resident at Villa Medicis in 2013, and was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2014. In 2009, he won the Silver Lion at the Venice Dance Biennale.


Current exhibition

  • Sound Eclipse - Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Saâdane Afif - March 6th - May 9th