Belgian, b. 1933
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Lives and works in Brussels, Belguim
Most notably known as the inventor of the Chemigram technique, Pierre Cordier has established himself at the experimental forefront of photography throughout his distinguished career. Cordier became an artist on the advice of the great French poet Georges Brassens who encouraged him, when they met in 1952, to follow “a road not yet traveled and full of obstacles.” Just a few years later, in 1956 Cordier developed the chemigram technique, which has defined his artistic practice for the better part of his career.
In 2011, he started to collaborate with painter, Gundi Falk (Austrian, b. 1966) to produce a series of work that played with the confluence of his Chemigrams and Falk’s painting. The result of Cordier and Falk’s collaboration created some of their most recent works, which cleverly evoke harmonized abstractions using light and gesture. Their works have been exhibited in New York (2013); Brussels (2013); Paris (2013); Los Angeles (2014); San Francisco (2014); Berlin (2014).
Pierre Cordier has exhibited his chemigrams at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (1967); Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1971); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1981); Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (1984); Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Art Moderne, Brussels, Belgium (1988); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1990); Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Venice, Italy (2005) and BAM, Mons, Belgium (2008). His work has been collected by cultural institutions worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée national d’art moderne du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Institute of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels.
Gundi Falk is a painter and sculptor. She has exhibited at the Gallery at the Assignment Theater, Taipei, Taiwan (1998); Le Corbusier, Marseille, France (2006); Art en vue Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2008); Galerie Vertigo Art, Brussels Belgium (2011); Le Salon d’Art, Brussels, Belgium (2014).