About the Artwork

Body pays tribute to the automobile as sculpture within the urban landscape. Parked along the pavement, these often-overlooked forms constitute numerous hours of work by designers who strive to make them attractive, reassuring, harmonious, and sometimes sensual. Every contour of Body – as well as the treatment of its surface – evokes the shape of the automobile’s curves; the proportions of which have been exaggerated to sublimate the movement and finally render it «visible». Produced at the Renault Factory, the object is comprised of twelve sections, generated by eleven randomly shaped cuts. Each segment is painted in gradations of the three primary colours, with each hue fading into white. Body is a celebration of artistic and industrial reflections on form and mobility. 

Guyancourt, October 2011


Artist Interview


© Jean-Luc Moulène / ADAGP 2018 Images courtesy the artist, Galerie Chantal Crousel and Thomas Dane Gallery Produced by Renault Automobiles Photos: Nick Turpin


Aluminum structure, basalt fibre, resins, paints


250 x 850 x 350 cm

Artist Biography

Jean-Luc Moulène

Born in 1955, Jean-Luc Moulène studied Aesthetics and Sciences of Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he presently lives and works. Among the institutions that have recently dedicated solo exhibitions to his work are the Secession in Vienna (2017) and Centre Pompidou in Paris (2016). Other select solo shows have included surveys at Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2003), Musée du Louvre, Paris (2005), Culturgest, Lisbon (2007), Carré d’art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2009), Dia:Beacon (2011), Modern Art Oxford (2012), Hanover Kunstverein (2015), and Villa Medici, Rome (2015). Moulène has participated in Documenta X (1997), the Sao Paulo Biennial (2002), the Venice Biennial (2003), the Taipei Biennial (2004), the First International Biennial of the Image, Laos (2007), and the Sharjah Biennial (2011).