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ELIAS CRESPIN (b. 1965, Venezuela / Paris)

Elias Crespin is interested in the movement of matter and the perception of movement. His installations consist of arrangements of metal or other elements formed into geometric shapes which are suspended in midair by nearly invisible nylon threads. He uses intuition to choose among different forms, materials, and textures. Then, through thoughtfully designed computer programming, Crespin adds a succession of gentle movements and morphs - his brushstrokes - making the elements to continually shift and mutate in a cyclic geometrical choreography, a dance that brings us to the contemplation of form in space and time.  

Crespin grew up in Caracas, where he was originally trained as a computer engineer. His parents are both mathematicians, and his grandparents were artists; his work perfectly integrates these two personal universes of his: science and art. It was only later in his career, in 2002, after having worked for twenty years in software programming, that he started developing his first piece, finished after two years of research.  

Crespin's works are represented in several institutions and museums, the most recent, in 2020, being that of the collections of the Louvre Museum and the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris. His works are also in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, Texas, USA; Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA; the Latin American Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany.

Since 2004, his pieces have been exhibited in many international art institutions and venues such as the Astana International Exhibition 2017, the Cuenca Bienal 2016, the Busan Biennale in Korea 2014, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, the Center of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, and the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels.

He has been living and working in Paris since 2008.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

Structure du silence,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

2020

Elias Crespin,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Immaterial / Re-material: A brief history of computing art,​ UCCA, Beijing, China 

Exploring,​ Wuling Art Space, Beijing, China 

Hard Edge, ​Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Espace et tension, une sélection d'artistes contemporains, ​Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

2019

Shadows,​ Galerie Italienne, Paris, France  

Negative Space,​ ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany 

Post Shadows,​ Galerie Italienne, Paris, France 

Immatérialité,​ Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France 

Ondes,​ Galerie par Graf Notaires, Paris, France 

Kinetic masters and their legacy,​ Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, United States 

2018

Carré Latin Festival 2018,​ Palais Royal, Paris, France 

Formes, espace-temps,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Forces et mouvement,​Galerie François Léage, Paris, France 

Artists & Robots,​ Grand Palais, Paris, France 

De Nature en Sculpture,​ Fondation Datris - Espace Monte-Cristo, Paris, France 

Les amis de Nicolas Schöffer,​ La Ville A des Arts, Paris, France 

2017

Artists & Robots,​ Astana Contemporary Art Center, Astana, Kazakhstan 

Slow Motion, ​Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France 

The Urge to create Visions...1929-2017, ​Center of Polish Sculpture, Oro​ńsko, Poland​. 

De Nature en Sculpture,​ Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France 

Geometrí​a en Movimiento,​​Galeria RGR+ART, Mexico City, Mexico 

Expanding the Line,​Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA  

2016     

Impermanencia, ​XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador 

Dialogue. Ding Yi - Elias Crespin, ​Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China  Transparence, ​Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Visión constructiva, ​Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela 

Everybody is crazy, but me, ​Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium 

Cercle et carré, ​Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

2015

Vers une architecture de lumière, ​Chartreuse de Villeneuve lès Avignon, France 

Geometrische Choreographien, ​Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany 

Cinétique numérique aujourd’hui,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Mapping Festival, ​Geneva, Suisse 

L’art et le numérique en résonance 2/3 : Ré-émergence,​Maison populaire, Montreuil, France 

Noir et blanc, ​Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

2014

Inhabiting the world, ​Busan Biennale, Korea 

Elias Crespin. Mobiles,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris 

From thread and air,​  Designers’ Days 2014 in collaboration with Tai Ping, Hôtel de Livry, Paris, France

Temps suspendu,​ Galerie de la Marine, Nice, France 

Homage to Denise René. Past, present and future of a vision, ​Espace-Expression, Miami, FL, USA 

Drawing in Space,​ Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland 

Horizon nécessaire, ​Musée Passager, Île-de-France 

Structures de l’invisible,​ Galerija Klovicevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia / Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France 

2013

Em movimento,​ Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil 

Cinetik!, ​Fondation Stämpfli, Sitges, Spain 

Turbulences II,​Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium 

Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection,​The Museum of Fine Arts,  Houston, USA 

Dynamo. A century of light and movement in art. 1913 - 2013,​Grand Palais, Paris, France 

Art cinétique, art numérique,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Inner Journeys,​La Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium 

Des gestes de la pensée,​ La Verrière - Fondation Hermès, Brussels, Belgium 

2012

Diálogos Contemporáneos desde la Colección,​ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela 

Elias Crespin,​ Musée en Herbe, Paris, France 

Parallels,​ Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA 

Hommage à Denise René,​ Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 

Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection,​The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA 

Turbulences,​ Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France 

2011

Cosmopolitan Routes,​The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA 

Visionary Collection Vol. 14. Elias Crespin Electrokinetics,​ Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland 

Once Tipos del 11,​Fundación Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela 

2010

Hiperficies,​ Ars Longa Gallery, Paris, France 

2009

North Looks South. Building the Latin American Collection,​ The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA 

Writings,​ Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA 

2006

Life Forms,​ Kinetica Museum, London, UK 

Electrocinéticas,​ Canal Centro de Producción Cultural, Caracas, Venezuela 

2005

63 Salón Michelena,​Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela 

II Mega Exposición Homenaje à Jesús Soto,​ Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela / Museo del Estado  Miranda, Los Teques, Venezuela 

Ingravidez,​ Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela / Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas,  Venezuela

Selected Public Collections

Collection Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami, FL 

Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany

Fundación de Museos Nacionales, Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela 

Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX