Alex Cecchetti

Artist, poet, choreographer, has developed a unique practice, difficult to classify, that could be called art of avoidance: tactical and poetic, aesthetic and materialistic, its system leads to produce specific situations or objects that can exist both inside and outside the traditional exhibitions. It is in this double movement of representation and conceal that it’s possible to inscribe his staging of invisible choreographies of hidden nudes and sleeping dancers. His work it is focused in the construction of specific narratives that are experienced both mentally and physically by the audience. Two works can describe better the world in which Cecchetti plunge his audience. Louvre is the tour guide of the Louvre without the Louvre. The whole collection of the museum is summoned from the domain of the invisible through techniques of rhetoric, story-telling and dance. In Walking Backwards the spectator is accompanied literally to walk backward inside a story and to become the core of the vision. One who walks backwards does not know the nature of the images to come. The world does not come to sight smoothly, but it suddenly appears from nowhere. In the new paradigm in which the viewer plunge his life the future is on the back and the past in the front. Unknowns are the images that appear and intimate and full of meaning those that leave from us that remain still visible in the horizon.  Devised and orchestrated by Alex Cecchetti, Voices of Urgency it is a 4 days panels of poetry and science hosted by Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, produced by FIAC and programmed during the international fair of contemporary art in Paris.

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Tamam Shud, artist novel, Sternberg Press 


Manque d’Imagination, Les Contemporains, Editions P, Paris


Marie & William, a performance by Alex Cecchetti, artist book 103 Pages, MIDI Publication. MIDI is an imprint of Mousse Publishing and Åbäke


Cadavere Quotidiano, an anthology, conceived and organized by Paul Becker, Alex Cecchetti and Francesco Pedraglio. A Project X Project. Published by Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism, Edited by Shana Lutker


The Room Was Empty And She Kept Bumping Into Chairs & Wayfaring strangers walk known paths, Situation|Event (SIT|EV) Gasworks, London


A Society That Breath Once A Year, artist book, published by Book Works, London


The Game of Passing, catalogue, Jeu de Paume, Paris 2011

The Object from the jar to the chest, Vivre dangereusement… jusqu'au bout, a magazine by Benoît Maire for Le Pavillon, laboratoire de création du Palais de Tokyo, © 2011 Palais de Tokyo / Éditions Cercle d’Art, Paris


Why would a sculpture need to breathe, and When the hunter is resting does the hare stop leaving tracks? Or: by Alex Cecchetti, published in Chapter III (The Authorized Narratives), with texts by Mariana Castillo Deball, Alex Cecchetti, Will Holder, Benoît Maire, Falke Pisano. Edition B42.

THE UNREADy, The Greenland Metaphor, Alex Cecchetti Christian Frosi, Untitled 45, contemporary art magazine, London

Chronology and Dialog, The Mock and other superstitions, London


THE UNREADy, The Restored Symmetry, Alex Cecchetti Alexandre Singh, X-TRA, Contemporary Art Quarterly, summer 2009

Games, Pist Protta 63.1 pèazmaker 2009





La Ferme du Buisson, résidence création, La ferme du Buisson, Noisiel

Cité internationale des Arts, résidence atelier-logement Montmartre, Paris

The Novel As Fantasy, The Book Lovers and CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw


Artist in Residence, Headlands center for the Arts, Sausalito, California


La vie matérielle, curated by Yann Chateigné, candidate for the 15e Prix Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris

Situation / Event, Gasworks, London


Caribic Residency, Love residency, Rome


Caribic Residency, Theory of Rising, Lisbon


22nd Ateliers Internationaux, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, residence program, FRAC Carquefou, France


Le Pavillon 2006-2007, residence program, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


Artist in Residence, residence program, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam



Solo Show


La Chapelle Aux Cent Mille Yeux , Frac Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), Marseille (Septembre 2018)
At The Gate Of The Music Palace, Solo Show, Spike Island, Bristol (May 2018)
At The Gate oOf The Music Palace, Solo Show, Void, Derry, Iralnd (August 2018)


Tamam Shud, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (Novembre 2017)

Tamam Shud, Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Varsovie (Septembre 2017)

Ceataceans, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (Juin 2017)


The Printing House of Hell, Kunstraum, London


Avant-Première, Nuvolari, Paris


Nature Doesn’t have particularly good ideas, Alex Cecchetti, Shanaynay, Paris


Comrades of Fear and Wonder, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania           

Du Classicisme (with Benôit Maire), Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux


The Police Return to the Magic Shop, Alex Cecchetti et Mark Geffriaud, Jue de Paume, Paris, curated by Raimundas Malasauskas.

The Two Magicians, The Kaleidoscope magazine project space, Milan


Alex Cecchetti, La Vitrine, Paris


Alex Cecchetti, Zero..., Milan, Italy


Upside Down, (with Ange Leccia) curated by Christine Macel, Blank, Paris



Solo Performances


Nuovo Mondo, Thalie Lab, Bruxelles (october)

Nuovo Mondo, The National Archeological Museum of Naples, Italy (October)

Louvre, CRT theatre, LaTriennale Milano, Milan 

Notte Lusoria, carte blanche, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Walking Backwardscurated by The Book Lovers, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art and Botanic Garden of the University of Warsaw, Warsaw


Nuovo Mondo, curated by The Book Lovers, Krolikarnia and CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Tamam Shud in Schizzolingua, Xing, Raum, Bologna, Italie

Tamam Shud, when everything is so clean, curated by The Book Lovers, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Saturdays Live, Serpentine Galleries, London

Walking Backwards, Fondation Serralves, Porto


Nuovo Mondo, seminar on poetry, curated by Alex Cecchetti, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Seven Brothers, 49 Nord 6 Est - FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France


Walking Backwards, in the frame of In Process curated by Mehdi Brit, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, FIAC 2013, Paris


H, choreography for hidden nudes, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome

Seven Brothers, choreography for sleeping dancers, Cycle de performances, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Seven Brothers, choreography for sleeping dancers, Goethe Institut, Rome, organized by Caribic Residency

Comrades of Fear and Wonder, The conversation of the Arrows, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius, organized by CAC Vilnius.

At Night Bad Words Cannot Be Seen, 3 Uses of The Knife, Putinas Memorial Museum, organized by CAC Vilnius


The Two Magicians, Alex Cecchetti - Michaël Phelippeau, Jeu de Paume, Paris


I Giocatori, Alex Cecchetti - Falke Pisano, Walden Affairs, Den Haag, Netherlands


I Giocatori, Alex Cecchetti - Mark Geffriaud, Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, France



Group Exhibitions


O! Watt up, de Watteau et du Théâtre, MABA / FNAGP, Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne

Hand and Mind, curated by Vanessa Boni, Grand Union, Birmingham, UK

Reims, Scènes d’Europe, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims


Parades, performance festival, Palais De La Découverte, FIAC 2016, Paris (Octobre)

Playground Festival, M Leuven & STUK, Leuven, Belgique

Short Theater, Festival of Performances, Transart Institut Français, Roma, Italy

Terni Festival, Festival of Performances, Transart Institut Français, Terni, Italy

Prato Contemporanea, Festival of Performances, Transart Institut Français, Prato, Italy


The Museum as Performance, Serralves Foundation, Porto

Doings & Knots, Curated by Margit Sade Lehni, Indipendent Curators International (ICI), Tallin Art Hall, Tallin


Oublie-moi ! Le Nouveau Festival, 5th Edition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Le Mouvement, Performing the City, curated by Gianni Jetzer and Chris Sharp, Biel/Bienne, 2014

Nervous Systems - languages of wonder & denial, Curated by Fatima Hellberg & Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark

Love Among The Artists, curated by Laure Prouvost, Walden Affairs, Den Haag, Netherlands

Short Theater, festival of performances and theatre, Roma


La vie matérielle, curated by Yann Chateigné, 15e Prix Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris

From script to performance to exhibition to performance to print, Rowing, London

Modern Draperies, curated by Anna Gritz, event at the South London Gallery, London

In Process, curated by Mehdi Brit, FIAC 2013, Paris


Acting Out, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma

End Things, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, U.S.

Lithuanian Art 2012: 18 Exhibitions, Sparrows, curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania


Danser sa Vie, Centre Pompidou, curated by Christine Macel and Emma Lavigne, Paris

Wild Sky, Edith Russ Haus in Oldenburg, Germany


Fiction/Lectures, Performées, Saison #3, Fondation D’Entreprise Ricard, Paris

SI - Sindrome Italiana: la jeune création artistique italienne, MAGASIN Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France

Sensorialités Excentriques, Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart

Les sculptures meurent aussi, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, La Kunsthalle, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Mulhouse


This place you see has no size at all..., curated by Jennifer Teets, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

I Giocatori, curated by Chiara Parisi, Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Vassivière

Sauvagerie Domestique, Galerie Edouard-Manet, Gennevillier, Paris

Paper Exhibition, curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Artists Space, New York

Nocturnes, Museion, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

Andre du Colombier en Theorie, France Fiction, Paris

The Obstacle is Tautology, curated by Benôit Maire, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, Lithuania

Clifford Irving Show, curated by Gabriel Lester and Raimundas Malasauskas, Cine 13, Paris

Performance Dans le cadre de l’exposition “À corps & à textes”, curated by Francesco Pedraglio, La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec et Café au Lit, Paris

Chapitre 2 (the repetition), curated by Yoann Gourmel, Château Rentilly, France

Premio Emerging Talents, Prix Talents Emergents Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Centre de Culture Contemporain Strozzina – CCCS, Firenze, Italie


Re-Reading The Future, International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA), National Gallery, Prague

22nd Ateliers Internationaux, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, par Yoann Gourmel, FRAC Carquefou, France

Every story happens twice, first as an event and then as representation of the event, FormContent at Zoo Art Fair, London


VERSUS. Les Artistes du Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

L’India, pout etre, Le Pavillon 2006-2007, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris

San Francesco’s Trilogy, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin


VideoREPORT ITALIA: 04_05, par A. Bruciati, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone (GO); MMSU, Rijeka; (itinerant exhibition))

The Three Cities: Berlin – The Apartment, par Gyonata Bonvicini, Anna-Chatarina Gebbers et Paolo Zani; Berlin

Short: as long as it takes: the big crossing, 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Rotterdam

How are you Frances Bean? Zero... , Milan


Follow my Shadow, Premio Querini – Stampalia Furla per l’Arte (Prix for the art Furla), Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy

e-flux video rental, par J. Aranda, A. Vidokle, The International Foundation Manifesta, Manifesta at Home, Amsterdam (itinerant exhibition)

Attraversamento del ponte di Millau, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

Beauty So Difficult, Fondazione Stelline, curated by Michele Robecchi, Milano


I Nuovi Mostri. Una storia italiana, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Urban spaces, Milan and Venice





Voices of Urgency 2 – program of poetry and science, FIAC Paris/Ecole des Beaux-Arts (upcoming October 22-25 2015)

Natural Beginners, show at Nuvolari, Paris. With artists, performers and dancers: India Carpenter, Alex Cecchetti, Antoine Davenne, Patrizio Di Massimo, Chokyosai Eiri, Keisai Eisen, Tim Etchells, Katsushika Hokusai, Lenio Kaklea, Carlos Motta, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Laure Prouvost, Giles Round, Yanagawa Shigenobu, Lucy Stein and anonymous from the erotic art collection of Ferdinand Bertholet, one of the most important in the world.


Voices of Urgency – program of poetry and science, FIAC Paris/Ecole des Beaux-Arts. With the poets and researchers: Vinciane Despret (Scientific Philosopher and Éthologist, Belgium), Yuri I. Manin (Mathematician, Russia), Serhiy Zhadan (poet, Urkraine), Ariana Reines (Poet, USA), Peter Semolic (poet, Solvénia), Eileen Myles (poet, USA) and Abdellatif Laâbi (poet, Morocco), Luca Greco (Lecturer at Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle), Grzegorz Wróblewski (poet, Poland), Cecilia Vicuña (poet, Chili)

Nuovo Mondo, seminar on poetry, par Alex Cecchetti, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. With artists, performers and dancers: Alex Cecchetti, Antoine Davenne, Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Francesco Pedraglio, Cécilia Bengolea, Heather Phillipson, Catitu Tayassu, Tim Etchells, Joris Lacoste and Laure Prouvost.