Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud (born 1965) is a French curator and art critic. From 1999 to 2006 he was co-founder and co-director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris together with Jerôme Sans. He was founder & director of the magazine Documents sur l'art (1992-2000), and correspondent in Paris for Flash Art (1987-95). In 2009 Bourriaud will curate the fourth Tate Triennial at Tate Britain, London.


Bourriaud is best known among English speakers for his publications Relational Aesthetics (1998/english version 2002) and Postproduction (2001). Relational Aesthetics in particular has come to be seen as a defining text for a wide variety of art produced by a generation who came to prominence in Europe in the early 1990s. Bourriaud coined the term in 1995, in a text for the catalogue of the exhibition Traffic that was shown at CAPC contemporary museum in Bordeaux.

In Postproduction (2000), Bourriaud relates deejaying to contemporary art. He lists the operations DJs apply to music and relates them to contemporary art practice:


  • Bourriaud, Nicolas. Playlist. Paris: Palais de Tokyo: Editions cercle d'art, 2004. ISBN 2702207367
  • Bourriaud, Nicolas. Relational Aesthetics. Paris: Presses du réel, 2002. ISBN 2840660601
  • Bourriaud, Nicolas. Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World. New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002. ISBN 0971119309. Translated by jeanine Hermann.
  • Bourriaud, Nicolas. Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s to Now. San Francisco: San Francisco Art Institute, 2002.
  • Bourriaud, Nicolas. Formes de vie. L’art moderne et l’invention de soi. Paris: Editions Denoël, 1999.

Curated exhibitions (selection)

  • Courts Métrages Immobiles, Venice Biennale, 1990
  • Aperto, Venice Biennale, 1993
  • Commerce, Espace St Nicolas, Paris, 1994
  • Traffic, Capc Bordeaux, 1996
  • Joint Ventures, Basilico Gallery, New York, 1996
  • Le Capital, CRAC Sète, 1999
  • Contacts, Kunsthalle Fri-Art, Fribourg, Switzerland, 2000
  • Négociations, CRAC, Sète, 2000
  • Touch, San Francisco Art Institute, 2002
  • GNS (Global Navigation System), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003
  • Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004
  • Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006
  • Moscow Biennale, 2007 (with Backstein, Boubnova, Birnbaum, Obrist, Martinez)
  • "Estratos", Murcia, 2008.


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