Press release

Ron Mueck

From June 8 to November 5, 2023, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain invites Australian artist Ron Mueck to exhibit an ensemble of sculptures previously unseen in France, along with iconic pieces from his career. Visitors will discover his monumental installation Mass (2017), presented for the first-time outside Australia, as well as new work created especially for the occasion which illustrates recent evolution in Mueck's practice. The artist’s third exhibition at the Fondation Cartier continues a dialogue which first introduced French audiences to his rare and highly anticipated work in 2005.

Born in Melbourne in 1958 and living in the UK since 1986, Ron Mueck has developed a body of work which touches on the universal, and has profoundly renewed contemporary figurative sculpture. His uncanny and convincing characters, always sculpted on an astonishing scale, take months, or sometime years, to create. From a period of just over twenty five years his total oeuvre consists of 48 works, the most recent to be completed in time for this exhibition’s opening.

The Fondation Cartier hosted two Ron Mueck landmark solo exhibitions in 2005 and 2013, that coincided with the publication of the catalogue raisonné, which will be republished and updated in 2023. Three of the artist's emblematic works are part of the Fondation Cartier's Collection.