Born in 1958 in Sondrio, Italy
Lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland

Gianni MOTTI

solo shows

2016
- Second Offense - Dorian Gaudin pact with Gianni Motti, Galerie Pact, Paris, France

2015
- Draft, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Performance Process, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

2014
- Ritorno é andata, Andata Ritorno, Genêve

2013
- Spread, Palais de l'Athénée, Société des Arts, Geneva
- Moneybox, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

2012
- «The Big Illusion», D+T Project, Brussels
- «Moneybox», Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
- «Swap», BPS22, Charleroi

2010
- Belgium Landing, First Step in Belgium, D+T Project, Brussels

2009
- Funds Show, Centre d’art contemporain, La Synagogue de Delme, Delme
- Moneybox, Centre d’art contemporain la Ferme du Buisson, Marne-la-Vallée
- Hedge Flag, Pont du Mont-Blanc, Geneva

2008
- Think Tank, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes

2007
- Triple V, Dijon
- La Salle de bain, Lyon

2006
- The Spirit of John Lennon, Metro Pictures, New York
- Perpetual Channel, Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva
- Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne
- Präventiv Ausstellung, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich

2005
- Venice Biennale, Swiss Pavilion, Venice
- Higgs, à la recherche de l’anti-Motti, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich

2004
- Plausible Deniability, Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
- Under Destruction #1, National Museum of contemporary art, Bucharest (with Christophe Büchel)
- Guantanamo Initiative, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (with Christophe Büchel)
- Cosmic Galerie, Paris
- Galleria Artra, Milan
- Who Wants Yesterday’s Paper, Centre de la Photographie, Geneva
- Videoclub #5, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2003
- Turn over, Galleria Artra, Milan
- Turn over, Chiesa di San Matteo, Lucca
- Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Geneva
- Ars Futura, Zürich

2002
- Cadeaux diplomatiques, Kunstmuseum Thun (with Christophe Büchel)
- Productions 6, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
- Capital Affair, Helmhaus, Zürich (with Christophe Büchel)

2001
- Talk is cheap, Swiss Institute, New York
- Arte all’Arte, Arte Continua, San Gimignano
- Collateral Damage, Jousse Entreprise, Paris
- Kunsthalle, Bern

2000
- Cushy Job, Galleria Artra, Milan
- Vivement 2002, deuxième épisode, MAMCO, Geneva

1998
- Villa Arson, Nice
- Prospect, Centre National de la photographie, Paris
- Exit, Lausanne
- Digan lo Che Digan, Galerie Analix, Geneva

1997
- Psy Room, Espacío Vacio, Bogotá
- Nice Fine Art, Nice
- Confidential Meeting, MAMCO, Geneva
- Eclipse de lune - 16 septembre 1997, Toit de La Cité Radieuse de Le Corbusier, Marseille

1996
- Motti 96, MAMCO, Geneva
- Cushy Job, Galerie Analix, Geneva
- Psy Room / Auto Reverse 2, Le MAGASIN Centre National d’art Contemporain, Grenoble

1995
- CAN, Centre d'art de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel
- Galerie Analix, Geneva
- Psy Room, Low- Bet, Geneva

1994
- Galerie Andata/Ritorno, Geneva
- Filiale, Basel

1992
- Galerie Andata/Ritorno, Geneva

1989
- Entierro N°1, Ribarteme, Vigo, Spain

1988
- Kunstfabrik, Potsdam, Berlin

group shows

2017
- The Transported Man, MSU Broad, East Lansing, USA
- Modus Operandi, Société, Brussels, Belgium
- L'Eloge de l'heure, Centre d'innovation et de design, Hornu, Belgium

2016
- Open end, Cimetière des rois, Geneva, Switzerland
- Portrait de l'artiste en Alter, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
-Enclencheurs de Récits, Le Point commun - Espace d'Art Contemporain, Square de Berlin, Paris, France
- Cosa Mentale, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France

2015
- Les Prédictions de Saul Wahl, roi d'une nuit et ancêtre de la Chalet Society, Square de Berlin, Paris, France
- Eppur si muove - Art and technique, a shared space; MUDAM, Luxembourg
- AURA. Art et télépathie de Rodin à nos jours, Centre Pompidou Metz, France
- 2000 + 15 (15 years later), Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
- The Bank Show, BANK, MAB Society, Shanghai, China
- Biens publics, Musée Rath, Genêve, Switzerland

2014
- Food, MuCEM, Marseille, France
- Clear, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
- Elevation 1049, Gstaad

2013
- Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin / 25 ans, Tripostal, Lille
- Food, Musée Ariana, Geneva
- Sunday in the Mountains curated by Gianni Jetzer, Swiss Institute, NY

2012
- Low Mountains, La Fondation Dar Bellarj, Marrakech
- The Forfeiture of Money, D+T Project, Brussels
- Coup Double, Frac Aquitaine, Hangar G2, Bordeaux

2011
- Collector, Tripostal, Lille
- Seeing is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
- Action Directe, D+T Project, Brussels
- Of Large and Small - An exhibition about man’s place in the universe, The Royal Library, Copenhagen
- Revisiting Time, La Plateforme, Dunkerque
- Incongru, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
- Zeit zu handeln!, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
- Trentatre, Galleria Artra, Milan
- Weltraum. Die Kunst und ein Traum, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
- Involuntary, fordPROJECT, New York
- Of Bridges & Borders, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires

2010
- Let´s Dance, Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine
- Wir Manager!, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon
- Une idée, une forme, un être – Poèsie/Politique du corporel, Migrosmuseum, Zürich
- Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-Si, Korea
- Press Art — Die Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Museum Der Moderne, Salzbourg
- One Shot, BPS22, Charleroi
- Kratos — About (Il)legitimate(d) Power, Team Gallery, New York
- Press Art, Kunstmuseum, St.Gall
- Cosas que solo un artista puede hacer, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
- The Incidental Person, Apexart, New York

2009
- The Secret of the Ninth Planet, California College of Arts, San Francisco
- Wonder Bang!, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
- Pourquoi attendre!, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
- Controverses, Une histoire juridique de la photographie, BNF, Paris
- More than a T–Shirt, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
- Constellation, Centre Pompidou–Metz, Metz
- Three Leaps Seconds Later, Kunsthaus Grenchen, Liechtenstein
- Viva L’Italia, Galleria Astuni, Bologna
- Shifting Identities, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
- Usages du document, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
- Nouvelles acquisitions du FRAC Aquitaine, Musée de Gajac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot

2008
- Degrees of Remove : Landscape and Narrative, Anthology Film Archives, New York
- Interstitial Zones, Argos, Brussels
- Geschlossene Gesellschaft, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
- Degrees of Remove : Landscape and Affect, Sculpture Center, New York
- Château de Tokyo, Palais de Fontainebleau, Château de Fontainebleau, Paris
- Shifting Identities, Kunsthaus, Zürich
- Constellations, Artissima, Turin
- Average, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal
- Balls & Brains, Helmhaus, Zürich
- Valeurs croisées, Biennale d'art contemporain, Rennes
- Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Swiss Institute, New York
- La dégelée Rabelais, Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, Site du Pont du Gard
- Less is Less, More is More, That’s All, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
- Nouvelles acquisitions, volet 2, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
- Le Renouveau du temps Maison Guerlain, Paris
- No more territory, FRAC Alsace, Palais Universitaire, Strasbourg
- Déplacements, Frac Franche-Comté, Centre régional d’art contemporain, Montbéliard
- The Other Way Around, Galerie Cosmic, Paris
- X, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne
- Le corps comme spectacle, Frac Bourgogne, Dijon
- Autour d’une œuvre, Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon
- Abstraction extension, Fondation Salomon, Alex
- Controverses, Une histoire éthique et juridique de la photographie, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

2007
- Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (curated by Neville Wakefield)
- Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
- Taking Time, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
- 2nd Moscou Biennale, Moscow (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud),
- 2nd Moscou Biennale, Moscow (curated by Fulya Erdemci and Rosa Martinez)
- Six Feet Under, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden
- Last News, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
- L’invisible, Max Wigram Gallery, London
- L’Europe en devenir, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
- Sublime Objects, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
- Mulher Mulheres, SESC, Sao Paulo
- Il Teatro della vita, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento
- Tomorrow Now - when design meets science fiction, MUDAM, Luxembourg
- Château de Tokyo, Centre international d’art et du Paysage, Vassivière
- Art_Clips, ZKM, Karlsruhe
- We can't be stopped, Galerie Nuke, Paris
- Dialogues méditerrannéens, la Citadelle, Saint-Tropez
- Drôle de je, Frac Alsace, Sélestat

2006
- Six Feet Under, Kunstmuseum, Bern
- Defamation of Character, PS1, New York
- Cinq milliards d'années, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- Space Boomerang, Swiss Institute, New York
- Human Game, Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence
- Project Placement, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva
- Uchronies et autres fictions, Frac Lorraine, Metz
- Cindy Sherman, Olaf Breuning, Gianni Motti, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zürich
- Sol System, La Passerelle, Brest
- Photo Trafic, 50_jpg_06, BAC, Geneva
- Voiler Dévoiler, Villa du Parc, centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse
- UFO- Images of the Invisible, Centre Pasqu’Art, Bienne
- Hysteria Siberiana, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon
- Le jour d’après, Frac Franche-Comté, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon
- Videoreport Italia 2004_05, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone

2005
- A Brief History of Invisible Art, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
- Rundlederwelten, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
- 51st Venice Biennale Always a Little further, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice
- Banquete_05, Comunicación en evolución, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
- Disobedience, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
- Burlesques contemporains, Jeu de Paume, Paris
- Prague Biennale 2, Prague
- Let’s Cerebrate, Villa Bernasconi, Grand-Lancy

2004
- Libertad Duradera, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
- Die Zehn Gebote, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden
- La belleza del fracaso / El fracaso de la belleza, Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
- Legal / Illegal, NGBK, Berlin
- Better Bet on That, Studená 12, Bratislava
- Swiss Video Lobby, SMC / CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
- I Nuovi Mostri, Life is beautiful, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan
- Brainstorming, Centre national d’art et du paysage, Vassivière
- Economies, Artandgallery, Milan
- Ambiances sport, Le MAGASIN Centre National d’art Contemporain, Grenoble
- Situations construites, Attitudes, Geneva

2003
- Hardcore, Vers un nouvel activisme, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- Attack! Kunst und Krieg in den Zeiten der Medien, Kunsthalle, Vienne
- Extra, Swiss Institute, New York
- 10ème Biennale de l´Image en Mouvement, Centre pour l´image contemporaine, Geneva
- Prague Biennale 1 Peripheries Become the Center, Prague
- The World, Jousse Entreprise, Paris
- Collections sans frontières, Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
- Embassy, Gallery F15, Moss, Norway
- Going Public, MAST, Modena
- The 25th Biennial of Graphic Arts, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana
- The Overexcited Body, Geneva Stadium, Geneva
- Mursolaici, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
- Vision: Extended, Gallery Speak For, Tokyo
- Pantalla Suiza, Museo Nacional Centro de arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
- De l’autre côté des Alpes, Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea, Florence

2002
- Manifesta 4, Frankfurt
- Actualités, Le Rectangle, Lyon
- Sans consentement, CAN, Neuchâtel
- Protest, respect!, Neue Kunsthalle St.Gall, St. Gall
- View Finder, Arnolfini, Bristol
- Tutto normale, Villa Médicis, Rome
- Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
- Balsam, Helmhaus, Zürich
- Last minute, Verso la fine dell'eternità, Ospedale Soave, Lodi
- Unloaded - coming up for air, Artbunker, Oberschan-Wartau
- C’est pas du cinema, le Fresnoy, Tourcoing
- Né un 3 septembre, Frac Bourgogne, Dijon
- Italian Boys, Analix Forever, Geneva

2001
- Looking With/Out, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
- The Overexcited Body, SESC, Sao Paulo
- Design & activism, Speak For Gallery, Tokyo

2000
- Transfert, 10th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Bienne
- Ironic, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi
- Big Crunch, La Box, Bourges
- Mixing Memory and Desire, Neues Kunstmuseum, Luzern
- 7th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice
- Parolesparoles, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal
- Let's be friends, Migrosmuseum, Zürich
- Bruit de fond, Centre National de la photographie, Paris
- Ticker, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin

1999
- Expander 1.0, Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris
- Grown in frozen time, Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld
- XN, Espace des arts, Chalon-sur Saône
- They came by taxi, Parabolica Space, Berlin
- Collage jukebox 2.0., Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon
- Care/Of, Milan
- Mayday, CAN, Neuchâtel
- Ounofrio, National Gallery, Tirana
- Droits de l’Homme / Human Rights, FCDAV, Palais Wilson, Geneva

1998
- Imitating Christmas, Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin
- P.O.BOX, Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Serpentine Gallery, London/ Le Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne/ Centre National de la Photographie, Paris
- Autour du Mondial, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris
- Technoculture, Fri-Art, Fribourg
- Millenovecento, Galerie Analix, Belluno
- Mille Neuf Cent, Gallerie Analix, Geneva
- Loisirs - Working Title, Glassbox, Paris
- Patchwork in Progress 2, P.O.BOX, MAMCO, Geneva
- Ils sont passé par ici, FCAV, Geneva
- Videostore!, Bricks+Kicks, Wien, Austria
- Centre Pasquart, Bienne
- Esc, Ecole d'art de Grenoble, Grenoble
- All star, Sous-Sol, Esav, Geneva

1997
- Version Originale, Musée d'art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
- Eté '97, CGGC, Geneva
- The single use camera show Projektraum, Zürich
- Mort aux Trousses, Projektraum, Zürich
- Parzelle für Junge Kunst, Binningen

1996
- Departure Lounge, Clocktower Gallery, New York
- Nouvelles du Fonds, Collection du Fonds Municipal, MAMCO, Geneva
- Non! Pas comme ça, CAN Centre d'art de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel
- Cabines de bain, Fribourg
- Gramercy Art Fair, New York, USA (Performance)
- Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld
- Kombirama, Zürich

1995
- Snow Job, Forde, Geneva
- Galerie Art & Public, Geneva
- Low Bet, Geneva

1993
- Filiale, Basel, Switzerland

1986
- Magik Ink, Les Immatérielles, Centre Pompidou, Paris

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GIANNI MOTTI


The work of Gianni Motti escapes from the traditional formats of diffusion of art. By derisory gestures the italian artist constructs a work which turns the strategies of power against themselves. With remarkable savings of means, he investigates the places, twists the exposition and transforms it into a dialectical machine, an advanced set of his critical undertaking.


Gianni Motti’s pieces are in all points out of norms, as well as in their form or in their content. They appears indeed as a suite of punctual inverventions, infiltrating the reality or making a parasite of the daily media. Like in 2000, during a week, Gianni Motti appeared in different pages of  the journal “Neue Luzerner Zeitung”, until the moment when the angry readers called the journal to denounce this parasitic stranger. In 1997, in Colombia, he organised a national manifestation of telepathy to spur the President Samper to resign from his position. Or when he stages his own funeral in 1989. After announcing his death in the obituary section of the local journal, Gianni Motti circulates in an openend coffin in the streets of Vigo, carried by the crowd that participates in the funeral ceremony. Sport, finance, the media, international politics, parapsychology - Gianni Motti’s actions cover all the spectrum of the contemporay society. 

Genius of appropriation and of manipulation of events, his pieces reflect in the form of absurd and ironic interferences, and transform into an organ of social and political protestation. He claims also the appearing of certain natural or accidental phenomenons which go far beyond the limited actions of the human condition. In 1986, the shuttle Challenger exploses in the sky of Florida. Gianni Motti contacts the news agencies and claims the magnificent spray of smoke. The 28th 1992, the earth trembles in California. The artist informs the news agency Keystone and declares himself responsable for the jolt which has provoked a crack of 74 kilometers’ length. 

His interventions can reach to some derisory surroundings, like for example his intervention at the U.N. in 1997. Never where we expect it to be, in 2005, he compared himself to a proton and went for an investigation of the anti-Motti. Down in the circular tunnel LHC (accelerator of particles) of CERN, He covered the 27 kilometers by foot, at the non accelerated average speed of 5 km/h.

The biggest piece by Gianni Motti is clearly the omnipotence. 


In 1999, he made the piece “Big Crunch Clock”, a countdown towards the collapse of the solar system, that the scientifics have foreseen in 5 billions of years (the “Big Crunch”). 

After having claimed earthquakes, rains of shooting stars, eclipse of the sun and the moon, Gianni Motti appropriates the biggest natural catastrophe, responsable for the disappearance of the solar system and by the very fact the disappearance of the earth. 

Beyond the ponctuality of the actions, the momentary deregulations that he provoks or demands, his interventions point to where it huts and suggest a multitude of clues of reflection, by a single gesture. Motti sows the disorder, with a rare intelligence and a sharp sense at the same time of aptness, of absurdity and of commitment. His motto: to be at the right time in a wrong place. Invited in 2004, to present a retrospective of his work at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the artist showed none of his pieces. Instead, he transformed the space into a long lane that the visitors covered in a unique direction, accompanied by the conference guides, who were descripting and talking about the past works of the artist.