Benoît Maire’s work is a puzzle in which the enigmatic quality of the objects and images - whether manufactured by him or by others - and their disconcerting juxtaposition questions their uncertain origin. In this sense, the artist’s work is fundamentally a collage practice, where he arranges images, objects, documents or texts, following an underlying range of references that are the intellectual foundations of his approach. The unique relationship that Benoît Maire weaves between plastic form and philosophy in the wake of conceptual art makes him one of the most important artists of his generation on the European scene.
Several institutions have devoted solo exhibitions to Benoît Maire, including the Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany), CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse and the FRAC Aquitaine in Bordeaux (France), the David Roberts Foundation in London and Spike Island in Bristol (UK), the Vleeshal in Middelburg (Netherlands), the Fondazione Guiliani in Rome (Italy). In 2018, an important monograph was published. Winner of the Fondation d’entreprise Pernod Ricard Prize in 2010, Benoît Maire was also in residency at the Palais de Tokyo and at the Villa Medici in Rome.