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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Alberto Sorbelli, Rome 1964, lives and works in Paris. 

Graduated of the ENSBA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts) in Paris, Alberto Sorbelli has taken part to number of group exhibitions. In 1994 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, his Club hiver de l'amour is censored. In 1995 he worked with Broadcasting Agency for the exhibition “Fémininmasculin” at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Just for Cynthia CD Rom). Then in 1998 he performed the Agressé (the victim of attacks) at the Guggenheim in New York and also at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. In 2003, he created Esthétique de la spéculation in the program "Pas vu pas pris " at the Hôtel de l'Industrie in Paris, also performed in 2004 at Ménagerie de Verre. He recently produced his second theater piece, Tragedia con intervallo, at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. 

At the same time, Alberto Sorbelli has created his own production and performances. At the ENSBA: Secrétariat du secrétaire de Monsieur Sorbelli et Bureau d'accueil (1990); Symposium esthétique de la prostitution (1993); Monument à la gloire de 15h à 17h30 (1994). In 1997, Bob l'éclipse, Le pavé dans la mare, in Besançon; Au Bois dormant au Capc, musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux. Bob bing at the Caisse des dépôts et consignations de Paris. L'audition at galerie Public (1999). ça se voit que j'écoute, Festival Belluard Fribourg (2002).

Since 2000, Alberto Sorbelli has been producing series of two-hands drawings, that he sometimes did blinded. These mental projections seem to be an extension of the imaginary of the artiste, made of insects, flowers, erotics or abstracts..


From his earliest works, Alberto Sorbelli raises questions about what art can accomplish, what it can produce and what is expected of it. As a student at the Paris Beaux-Arts school, he questioned the notion of artistic production and its reception. He assumed the role of the secretary of Monsieur Alberto Sorbelli, receiving individual members of the public with the aim of interesting them in the work of an artist who did not yet exist and who had therefore produced nothing.


Having discovered his aptitude for specially tailored interviews, he radicalized his approach and appeared in galleries and museums dressed as a prostitute and distributing his visiting card to those willing to take it. Having disrupted the mechanism which generally governs the perception of art in an exhibition, the artist provoked violent reactions against him both on an individual and an institutional level, which led him to abandon the role of whore and stage his own attacks.


While developing this trilogy (the secretary, the hooker and the victim of attacks), Alberto Sorbelli invented other models and fields of action that made art into a service and the artist an administrator of situations that would at first sight seem to have no relation to art, were they not shown in an art context. He organized and staged a symposium on prostitution, literally making work out of the intellectual stimulation that the school failed to provide. On several occasions he established a work team and the equipment necessary to produce a CD-Rom or internet site, assuming as much the role of editor as that of receptionist.


Throughout his work, Alberto Sorbelli is engaged in an immaterial practice which does not just make comments about, or represent, the present, but which produces it. The artist has become a catalyst in situations where participation is not implicit but tangible. The viewer is an integral part of the work and it is his or her participation which determines it. The meaning of the work emanates solely from exchanges with the viewer. A new reading flows from each new observation : it could be said that the work is thus replayed to infinity. It acts as an event in real time and space, precisely the two coordinates which eliminate the white cube that by definition places the artwork in a supposedly neutral and timeless context.

Solo exhibitions  (selection)

2013 

Bal Rêvé, festival Frasq au Générateur, Gentilly, F

2012

Les 1000 et 1 nuits blanches, Nuit Blanche, Frasq Générateur, Gentilly, F2011

Esthetique de la Folie, Festival frasq, created and staged by Alberto Sorbelli, Le Générateur, Gentilly, F

2009 

L'extase de Venus, Galerie Collet Park, Paris, F

2008 

Vingt Vers, Le Pavé dans la mare et Big Bang, Besançon, F

Et..., Espace Blank, Paris, F

2007 

En même temps, Galerie Octave Cowbell, Metz, F

2006 

Alberto Sorbelli, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, CH

No Bolts this wall 2, Galerie de / di / bY, Paris, F

2004 

Tentative de rapport avec la société, Galerie Maisonneuve, Paris, F

Esthétique de la spéculation, Festival étrange Cargo, create and stage by AS, Ménagerie de verre, Paris, F

Tragedia con intervallo, created and staged by AS, Laboratoire d'Aubervilliers, Paris, F

2003 

Esthétique de la spéculation, writen and staged by Alberto Sorbelli, Festival Pas vu Pas Pris, Hôtel de l'industrie, Paris, F

2002 

Ca se voit que j'écoute, Galerie de / di / bY, Paris, F

1999 

Vidéo- conférence, Ecole d'Architecture de Lille, Lille, F

1997 

Au bois dormant, Galerie pour la vie, CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, F

Bob l'éclipse, Le pavé dans la mare, Besançon, F

Bob bing brève rencontre, Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Paris, F

1994 

Monument à la gloire de 15h. A 17h.30, ENSBA, Paris, F

1993 

Symposium esthétique de la prostitution, Chapelles des Petits Augustins, ENSBA, Paris, F

1990 

Secrétariat du secrétaire de Mr. Sorbelli, Bureau d'accueil, ENSBA, Paris, F

Photo album, Galerie Ghislain Mollet-Vieville, Paris, F


Group exhibitions (selection)

2012 

Musée imaginaire de Chaterine Millet, Le Salon du dessin Contemporain - Drawing Now, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, 

Exposition collective, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, CH

2010 

20 ans déjà !, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, CH

2009 

Controverses, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, 

2008 

Controverses, Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne, Lausanne, CH

Feminae, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, CH


2005 

Jeu de miroirs, Pierre Molinier, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, F

Affinités, Le Pavé dans la mare, Besançon, F

2003 

L'agresse - Trois années d'images en mouvement et 17 artistes, Atelier Grognard Rueil-Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, F

2002 

Et..., video performance, Festival Belluard Bollwerk, Fribourg, CH

21X5, Category art, sex and video, Artpress has 30 years, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2001 

T'es toi quand tu te regardes, Musée Géo-Charles, Echirolles, F

Silver Mist, "video clip" work presented on the exhibition Tribu dell'arte, Galleria Communale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma, It

Silver Mist, "video clip" work, MAC, Lyon, France

1999 

Just from the top, Free entrance, Internet , DAP, Paris, F

L'agressé, 48th Venice Biennale , Venice, It

En même temps, Jeu de media avec la société, work dispersed in 18 newspapers in the exhibition Nous nous sommes tant aimés, ENSBA, Paris, F and distribute throughout the newsstands in France.

Drawing that I found, Stéphane Ackerman, Agence d'Art Contemporain, Paris, F

1998 

L'agressé, Guggenheim Museum, New-York, USA

Trafic d'influence, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, F

Donner / Recevoir, Fétiches et Fétichisme, Passage de Retz, Paris, F

1997 

Transit, Christine Macel, works from Fond National d'Art Contemporaine presented at ENSBA, Paris, F

Bob Bing, sound and video installation, Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Paris, F

1996 

Just for Cynthia, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, F

Les clefs, 619 KBB 75, Exposition Mobile, Paris, F

Just for Cynthia, interactive video, Forum Art Basel, Basel, CH

Bob l'éclipse, Pave dans la mare, Besançon, F

Grand Duo Mac, Marseille, F

L'art au corps, le corps exposé de Man Ray à nos jours, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, F

1995 

Féminin-Masculin X/Y, in collaboration with Broadcasting Agency, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, F

1994 

Censure à l'hiver de l'amour, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, France - Titre de l'oeuvre censurée : Club d'Hiver de l'amour.

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