Artistic Practice Department
Emmanuel Saulnier was born in 1952 in Paris. He has been teaching at the École since 2002. He has been showing his work in Europe and throughout the world since 1975. In 1986, after two years in Milan, he was artist-in-residence at the Villa Médicis in Rome. In 1999 the Éditions du Regard published Principe transparent, the first monograph on his work. He has done several
monumental works, including Rester Résister in Vassieux-en-Vercors; Fils d’eau in Rouen for the Agence de l’Eau, executed by Nicolas Michelin; and the composite sculpture Je vis de l’eau – Elle s’écoule, a public commission for the central Nice tramway station, designed by Marc Barani, which received the Equerre d’Argent prize for the year 2008.
In 2004-2005 he showed Place blanche – Place noire at the Centre Pompidou’s Atelier Brancusi. In 2007 he was invited to take part in the exhibition Correspondances at the Musée d’Orsay. In 2008 he took part in the exhibition Traces du Sacré at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and in 2009 the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy acquired and exhibited a work by him entitled Tête. That same year he published Expérience chilienne, an account of his stay in Chili and the work done and shown with studio students there.
In 2011, Léandre Bernard-Brunel directed a film Un après-midi à Ashiya on Saunier’s encounter with the Japanese novelist Yoko Ogawa. His publicly commissioned work Lieu de sel-Rêve de mer was unveiled in Tournai, Belgium.
In 2012, a solo exhibition is organized Passage de Retz in Paris. A book, written by Boris von Drathen and Amaury d’Acuhna, dedicated to his work of the past decade is published by Editions du Regard. Several articles and other texts, films and videos have been produced on Saulnier’s sculpture.