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Stéphane Ducret, Painting Number 4 (#Gerhard Richter #ImiKnoebel), 2019, oil and oilstick on canvas, 208 x 188 x 4 cm

Stéphane Ducret (Swiss, 1970) studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva spending extensive periods of time in New York, Buenos Aires and Porto. He currently lives and works in Geneva. The current series entitled REAL ESTATE began whereby he started to appropriate and recompose contemporary masterpieces by placing them, disconnected from their original context, in imaginary stagings in which he creates new narratives.

To date, the REAL ESTATE series is composed of 11 paintings on canvas, all measuring 208 x 188 cm (82 x 74 in.), and whose titles quote the names of the authors of the ‘borrowed’ works along with the hashtag symbol, as if they were notifications on social media. As for the title of the series, it refers to real estate but also to the ‘Estate of the Artist’ a term universally used by the art world to designate the heritage of the artist.

While questioning the relationship between reality and imagination, between knowledge and recognition, Ducret explores the role and status of the artist as well as his relationship to the art market. By embodying the audience, the collector and the art maker at the same time, he sets himself  into a kind of multi-sided imaginary dialogue in which he takes up and develops the discourse of the artists he subjects. The selection of these ‘subjects’ corresponds to a perfectly assumed strategic reflection in which meanings and questions intertwine and confront each other both in content and in terms of formal research.


Born 1970, Lausanne, Switzerland
Lives and works in Geneva

BFA & MFA, Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel (HEAD), Geneva

Solo Exhibitions
2021 - Solo Show Number 1, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, CH
2018 - One More Weekend Of Lights And Evening Faces, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux, CH
2016 - Because Tomorrow is Today, Galería Ethra, México City, MX
2015 - Time and Space Transcendence, Stéphane Ducret Studio, Geneva, CH
2015 - I saw the best minds of my generation..., Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux, CH
2014 - Open Window (on the Possible), Montreux Jazz Festival (in situ installation at the VIP lounge), by Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, CH
2014 - Open Window (on the Possible) or : How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Present, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux, CH
2013 - Primeros capítulos distraídos, el mirador espacio, Buenos Aires, BR
2012 - Doodles, GAS | GenevArtSpace, Geneva, CH
2011 - Doodles, Yet Projects, Geneva, CH
2011 - Red Cross Ball, Morges, CH
2011 - Garabatos, Changarrito, Buenos Aires, BR
2010 - Masterpiece Redux, Lloyds Bank, Geneva, CH
2009 - Diamonds are Forever, Galería del Paseo, Manatiales/Punta del Este, UY
2008 - Diamonds are Forever, Espace R, Geneva, CH
2008 - Shiny Happy People (The Facebook Project), The Art Floor, Geneva, CH
2007 - Masterpiece Redux, Galerie Synopsism, Lausanne, CH
2007 - Galerie ARTINSPORT, Crans-Montana, CH
2006 - Around the House, la galerie | etc, Geneva, CH
2006 - Flamingos, FAC, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Sierre, CH
2006 - Stéphane Ducret, commissaire d’exposition: Catherine Othenin-Girard, Centre Nespresso, Orbe, CH
2005 - Georgem, Galerie Synopsism, Lausanne, CH
2003 - Peintures, l’elac (l’espace lausannois d’art contemporain), Lausanne, CH
2002 - Peintures, Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, CH
2001 - La vie en rose, The Point, New York, USA
2000 - Freedom, The Point, New York, USA
2000 - Walls, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, USA
2000 - 8 Walls (permanent installation), HUG | Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève, Geneva, CH
1995 - Peintures, Galerie SFP, Geneva, CH

Duo Exhibitions
2013 - Stéphane Ducret + Bret Slater, annex14, Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Zürich, CH
2012 - Stéphane Ducret and Christian Stucker, curated by Murs Porteurs, Clinique De La Prairie, Montreux, CH
2009 - Cross Platform (with Thierry Feuz), Imagenic Agency, Geneva, CH
2008 - 717 años (with Jorge Pereira), Cámara de Comercio Suizo Argentina, Buenos Aires, BR

Group Exhibitions
2022 -, Espace Cheminée Nord, Geneva, CH
2021 - 29 at Reinbeckhallen, Bode Projects, Berlin, DE
2020 - SPRAY, Fondation WRP, Geneva, CH
2020 - Meditation, Espace Nicolas Schilling, Neuchâtel, CH
2016 - RAY (Crystel Ceresa, Stéphane Ducret, Thierry Feuz, Daniel Orson Ybarra), Opera Gallery, Geneva, CH
2016 - Kunst Zürich 16 (art fair), Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Zürich, CH
2016 - Changarrito en Acción, Museo de la Ciudad de México, México City, MX
2015 - Outre mer, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva, CH
2015 - Artists of the gallery, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Porto Cervo, IT
2015 - Artists of the gallery, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Zürich, CH
2015 - Aujourd’hui était hier était aujourd’hui..., curator: Patricia Terrapon Leguizamon, Flags, Geneva, CH
2015 - Biennal’s celebration, Public space around Lake Léman’s natural harbor, CH
2015 - SPRAY#4 | Stéphane Ducret, Thierry Feuz, Daniel Orson Ybarra, Spray Studio, Geneva, CH
2015 - Printmaking by ECAL, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, CH
2015 - Bruit, curator: Visarte.Geneva, Villa Dutoit, Geneva, CH
2014 - 45e Salon des Antiquaires, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Lausanne, CH
2014 - S.P.R.A.Y. - PAINTING NOW (Crystel Ceresa, Stéphane Ducret, Thierry Feuz, Daniel Orson Ybarra), Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux, CH
2014 - UTOPIE PICTURALE 2, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva, CH
2014 - S.P.R.A.Y. - FOUR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS (Crystel Ceresa, Stéphane Ducret, Thierry Feuz, Daniel Orson Ybarra), Galerie Artvera’s, Geneva, CH
2014 - Drive the Change, 100plus, Zürich, CH
2013 - PANTONE ® K 2013, Usine Kugler - Art contemporain, Geneva, CH
2013 - 44e Salon des Antiquaires, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Lausanne, CH
2013 - Usine genevoise de dégrossissage d’or, Forde, Geneva, CH
2013 - Geometría: Desvíos y Desmesuras, Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires, BR
2012 - Collection d’art de la BCV, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, CH
2011 - KUGLER REMIX 2011, espace kugler - Art contemporain, Geneva, CH
2011 - Autour de l’abstraction géométrique, Collection d’art BCV, Lausanne, CH
2010 - Point de vue, Galerie Cheminée Nord, Geneva, CH
2010 - Sweet People, Compact Space, Los Angeles, USA
2010 - Impresiones profundas y duraderas, curated by Leila Bustamante, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, BR
2010 - Sweet People, Galerie Synopsism, Lausanne, CH
2010 - Vanitas, Bailly Gallery, Geneva, CH
2009 - tendances | contemporary artists in review 2008, The Art Floor, Geneva, CH
2008 - arteBA, Angel Guido Art Porject, Buenos Aires, BR
2008 - Galería del Paseo, Manatiales/Punta del Este, UY
2007 - Le Fonds des Arts Plastiques 2002-2006, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, CH
2006 - Artistes de la galerie : exposition d’été, Galerie Synopsism, Lausanne, CH
2006 - Branding, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, CH
2005 - Editions du Département arts visuels de l’Ecal, Galerie de Multiples, Paris, FR
2005 - ‘FleaMarket II’, temporarycontemporary, London, UK
2005 - Accrochage [Vaud 2005], mcb-a | Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne, CH
2004 - Accrochage [Vaud 2004], mcb-a | Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne, CH
2003 - Accrochage [Vaud 2003], mcb-a | Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne, CH
2002 - Night of 1,000 Drawings, The Artists Space, New York, USA
2002 - Help l’elac!, l’elac (l’espace lausannois d’art contemporain), Lausanne, CH
2001 - Rebuild-Reflect-Rejoice, A Taste of Art Gallery, New York, USA
2001 - The Point, New York, USA
2000 - 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, USA
2000 - Orchard 18 Gallery, New York, USA
2000 - Esthesia, The Snapper Bear Sudio, New York, USA
2000 - Access/ZONE, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
1999 - Walls, Hôpitaux universitaires de Geneva, Geneva, CH
1999 - Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, Geneva, CH
1999 - Camion, Projet d’art contemporain, CRIC, Sierre, CH
1999 - Galerie Carré Rouge, Geneva, CH
1999 - Galerie SFP, Geneva, CH
1999 - CICG | Centre International de Conférences, Geneva, CH
1997 - Perspectives romandes, mcb-a | Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, CH
1996 - Prix FCDAV | Fonds Cantonal d’art visuel, Domaine le Saugy, Genthod, CH
1996 - Sous-sol, Geneva, CH
1996 - Ecole supérieure d’art visuel, Geneva, CH
1995 - Concours fédéral des Beaux-Arts, Messehallen, Basel, CH
1994 - Espace RP, Lausanne, CH
1994 - Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva, CH
1992 - 10 Artistes contemporains, Musée de Pully, Pully, CH

2016-19 - Studio offered by the FMAC, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Suisse.
2003 - Bourse culturelle Leenaards 2003, Suisse.
1996 - Prix FCDAV | Fonds Cantonal d’art visuel, Geneva.
1992 - Prix RP | Les Retraites Populaires, Lausanne.

2016-19 - Atelier de la Ville de Genève, CH
2016 - Projecto Changarrito Artist Residency, México City, MX

Related Experience
2016 - Founder, ART CLASSE, Geneva
2012-13 - Founder, Yet Projects, contemporary art gallery, Geneva
2003-06 - Coordinator, Preliminary Class, ECAL (école cantonale d’art de Lausanne), Lausanne
2002-06 - Member of the Direction, ECAL, Lausanne
2002-06 - Teacher, ECAL, Lausanne
2002-06 - Director, l’elac (l’espace lausannois d’art contemporain), Lausanne
2000-01 - Co-founder, de The Point, art space, New York

AXA, Lausanne
Banque cantonale vaudoise, Lausanne
Banque Piguet Galland, Geneva
British American Tobacco, Lausanne
Collection David Brolliet, Geneva
CICG | Centre international de conférences, Geneva
Collection Alexandre Col, Geneva
Collection Jaleh Diba, Cologny
Collection Robert Fehlmann, Geneva
Fonds cantonal d’art de Geneva, Geneva
Fonds municipal d’art contemporain, Geneva
Fonds des arts plastiques de Lausanne, Lausanne
HEAD, Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva
Hôpital universitaire de Geneva, Geneva
Hôtel La Cour des Augustins, Geneva
IAM, Geneva
Nespresso, Paudex/Lausanne
Collection Laurent Marthaler Contemporary, Montreux
Collection Manuel Noriega, Mexico City
Musée de Pully, Pully
Collection Eduardo Moreno Bunge, Buenos Aires
Les Retraites Populaires, Lausanne
Winterthur Assurances, Lausanne
Collection Emanuele Zanon di Valgiurata, Geneva