Christian COIGNY

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1946, Christian Coigny has for the past 30 years developed a career in traditional black and white photography in parallel to his work in publicity and fashion. Anchored in a classical education, his work is strongly influenced by American painters such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe or Andrew Wyeth, who he discovered during his 5-year stay in San Francisco. Imbued with demure eroticism, his subjects are immersed in a silent environment carried by a sober yet intelligent composition; Volumes and natural light interact to commend the human body with a timeless sensuality.

Beyond the countless advertising campaigns to date (Bon Genie Grieder, Chopard, Hermès, Hublot, etc.), Coigny has more notably been commissionned by Vitra to portray 130 celebrities, from Charles Bukowski to Audrey Hepburn via Allan Ginsberg, Davids Hockney or Dizzy Gillepsie. His artistic practice has already been the focus of no less than six publications and his photographs are to be found in the most prestigious private collections, as well as in museums worldwide. The museum of Lausanne recently hosted a large retrospective exhibition, featuring 70 of his photographs.

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PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES / SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 The Photogallery, Norrvikens Trädgårdar, Sweden
2017 Argentiques, Gallery by Event Particulier, Bruxelles, Belgium
2017 Argentiques, Gallery by Event Particulier, Tournai, Belgium
2015 Christian Coigny, photographies, Musée historique de Lausanne, Switzerland
2015 Le corps à nu, Young Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
2015 Paris Photo, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2013 On Grace, Paolo Morello Studio Gallery, Palerme, Italy
2005 Galerie Krisal, Carouge, Switzerland
2001 Tous assis pour Vitra, Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris, France
1996 Personalities, Museum of Design, Thessalonique, Greece
1993 État de siège, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1991 Salon du Livre, Genève, Switzerland
1983 Vaudois d’ici et d’ailleurs, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1982 Galerie Portfolio, Lausanne, Switzerland
1979 Photos précieuses, Galerie Portfolio, Lausanne, Switzerland

PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES / SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Maison de la photographie, Lille, France
2015 Timeless, The Photogallery, Göteborg, Sweden
2013 Le nu, Espace Cyril Kobler, Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland
2004 Paris Photo, Galerie Krisal, Paris, France
2002 Des images dans la ville, Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique, Vevey, Switzerland
1995 Comme dans un miroir. Le portrait dans la collection du Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1991 Salon international du livre et de la presse, Genève, Switzerland
1988 La grande chambre Polaroïd, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
1988 Splendeurs et misères du corps, Triennale internationale de la photographie, Fribourg, Switzerland
1982 Trois photographes de nus, Centre d’Art Visuel, Genève, Switzerland
1981 Troisième triennale internationale de la photographie, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Fribourg, Switzerland

BIBLIOGRAPHIE / BIBLIOGRAPHY
Christian Coigny, Editions Ides et Calendes, 2014
Le monde animalier de Chopard, Editions La Bibliothèque des Arts, 2014
Sittings, Editions Prestel, 2000
Christin Coigny, Editions Favre, 1990
Portraits d’artistes, Editions Favre, 1983
Ohmmes, Editions Favre, 1982

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