1969 · France
Valérie Mréjen is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other artists such as Mattia Denisse, Edgar Degas, Tristam, Jakob, and Antistatik. Valérie Mréjen was born in 1969.
Valérie Mréjen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou in Paris with the exhibition Lettres d'un inconnu. The exhibition was open from 29 March 2019 until 10 May 2019. Valérie Mréjen's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Le Pressentiment de mon indiscipline, which took place at Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou in Paris, France (17 May 2019 - 19 July 2019).
Historical Context of France
France has been an important country in the development of modernism. During the 19th century, France fostered the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural hub, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst a multitude of others.
Further Biographical Context for Valérie Mréjen
Born in 1969, Valérie Mréjen's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.