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    " The Bedroom" ; Gesamptkunstwerk For HPGRP building , Ginza Tokyo

  • "Colette has created a complex oeuvre of performances and stage photographs. She has also pioneered trends in art, design and fashion, including the Victorian Punk look . As she has reinvented herself as an artist, she has seen her ideas filter into the commercial world ....Today, her influence on pop entertainers from Madonna to Lady Gaga, and visual artists like Cindy Sherman is clear "

    Katie Peyton for Bomb Magazine/2013https://bombmagazine.org/articles/colette-lumière/

      trailer. documentary.by Paul Tschinkel/ 1993:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZNhbDKgyzs

      "GOOD MORNING 2020 ! " recent interview !By Nico Jacobsen & Terri Maxfield Lipp




    • pic: "lumiere o lumière occupies lowen palais I."2015

      "fight terror with glamor"..

    • President of C.I.A.( the Colette Institute of Art) aka

      Laboratoire Lumiere

      extensive site from 70's to 2013 :http://collectcolette.com

      ART NET MONOGRAPH:http://www.artnet.com/usernet/awc/awc_artisthome.asp?aid=425934057( up to 2018)

      Colette The Artist u tube chanel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbMHMqXssYo&t=8s



      "The Rehearsal II".@ Lowen Palais/Berlin March 8th 2019 /recent interview.


      April 4.Screening of" Lumiere&theLowenPalais "by Phil Cox@ GalerijaGGalleryG. ljubljana

      /April 10 Live Presentation/Interview with Jens Pepper @Barbiche/Berlin

      June/July 2019 "Lumiere's Adventures in ZuluLandII". Large Scale exhibition with new works inspired by Zulu land / Municipal Gallery in Bydgoszcz Poland

      or "The Eye Never Sleeps " Art Festival

      June 2019. June Basel . video installation . Mitchell Algus Gallery

      june/august 2019 Masterpieces- group show at Mitchell Algus Gallery .

      Sept 2019 . VivianHoran Fine Arts . solo presentation.

      Nov .2019 - solo ."Clean Up Time " @ Stiftung Starke/Berlin

      April to Nov. 2019 . viewing of film by Philip Cox 'Lumiere & the Lowen Palais "in GalleriaGalerieLubyana , Slovenia,:Palace Ostromecko, Poland: Vivian Horan Gallery NYC:

      & in installation @Foundation Starke Berlin

      nov.feb 2020 Lachennman Gallery Frankfurt /self portrait show curated by Salon Hansa




      "Berlin Night Drawings @Susanne Albrecht Gallery May 8 to June 9.(solo)


      "The Berlin Diaries @Seven Star Gallery . April 27th to May 30th(solo)

      "Lumiere is Zulu Land" @"Stockholm Auction House-Jan.21- Feb.4th .2018

      Organized by Thanda Art Projects - all works sold to benefit Star for Life Foundation




      "Love in the Attic..Mermaid in the Closet"( Image above)

      selected best of 2017 by Art Forum . Dec. issue. (contact Mitchell Algus.NYC.)

      http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2017/10/colette-at-mitchell-algus/@MitchellAlgus Gallery. Sept 12/Oct15 images;http://mitchellalgusgallery.com/colette-exhibition-page/



      some works also available at Vivian Horan Fine Art .NYC

       there's a mermaid in the attic.PS1Moma. 2016.nyc. installation

      March 2017. "Lumiere Occupies the Lowen Palais II " The Rehearsal" .central room-Exhibition of NEW WORKS. .&. installations in rooms not normally open to the public of Ex;"Mata Hari & the Stolen Potatoes" Berlin -84-85 / Dial 'C'for Scandal Series'Munich86/91

      @Stiftung Starke Foundation Gallery Space ./Berlin


       there's a mermaid in the attic.PS1Moma. 2016.nyc. installation



      installation entire attic &/performance"Homage to Duchamp's" ettant donne.'" with art works and archival material over 4 decades displayed throughout the attic . on floor . trunks wall. vitrines etc

      http://artfcity.com/2016/07/13/not-an-alternative-forty-at-moma-ps1/ ....etc etc

      Frankfurter Allgemein Feuilleton . June.26. 2016.

      .https://www.domusweb.it/en/news/2016/07/09/_forty_at_moma_ps1.html/ etc etc


      Instagram - June 2016:/Pic &text before the opening "Mermaid In the Attic " for #40 .:


      klausbiesenbach MoMA PS1/Video


      klausbiesenbach#colettelumiere short #colette, did pioneering performance pieces in the 70s and 80s"she is said to be one of the first artists to sleep inside of her gallery installations like in her very famous pieces for stefanotty gallery "the transformation of the sleeping gypsy" in 1973 and also at #theclocktowergallery in 1976.that same year she created her installation "david's wrath" for #alannaheiss's "rooms" exhibition that founded #momaps1....sneak peek with fan sounds of wall detail #colettelumiere room in #alannaheiss's #forty exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary at @momaps1 #momaps1tolearn more about the groundbreaking artist follow her @colettelumiere"


        "Dream Catcher " light  box for the Wurfel .@ Neumersteir Bar Am. Gallery Berlin

        Other Exhibitions& activities 2016-2017

        26 pages- on lenght article on" the beautiful dreamer" Oct.2016:


        Artiopoeus live ingerviews. may 2016& June 2016 ( currently off line )

        Active ingredient /Lisa Cooley gallery NYC/Jan/feb.2016.

        Action/Performance/documentation/ 70's early 80's/Mitchell Algus Gallery.NYC feb. april 2016.
        "Dream Catcher 2016. the Wurfel @ Neuemeister Bar Am.Gallery .Berlin( image above)

        "Vis A Vis."Johanna Breede /Photo Kunst/ May7/july8/Berlin2016.



        THANDA ART PROJECTS/ STAR FOR LIFE FOUNDATION -NOV.2016.(curated by Johan Falkman)


        "ME MYSELF AND I " 68 projects. Berlin

        Mata Hari Room open to the public at Foundation Starke Berlin .nov. 2016:


        Baroness Magazine( 14 pages).Dec. 2016.( baroness launch, exhibition/

        http://www.sleek-mag.com/2016/12/14/indie-erotic-art-magazine-host-one-night-exhibition-berlin- )

        PS1 Archivial show .2017

        Summer Show-Art Von Frei. Berlin June/Aug. 2017

        group show Ruter Von Den Marmorklippen

        Möckernstraße 120, 10963 Berlin

        group show curated by Martin Kwade and Mikolai Sekutowiz


        works on view upon request @Vivian Horan Gallery. NYChttp://www.vivianhoran.com/artists/colette.


        "Eric's Tape " film by Callisto McNulty& Anne Destival .Screened in Paris theaters. Summer 2017.-

        about the geneology of a found cassette interview of Colette by Andy Warhol.

        "the Pathos ofCommunication" by RichardMilazzo.:front and back cover. (installation"the Screening Room" In .Lumiere Occupies Palais II.)https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/opYJyZ4iu8/fi-52fb3c4c-5d5b-49cb-a9dd-bb5fc98b93a4/fv-75419e25-ba42-4101-a558-7641cb64aa13/obs_zine_3-5.pdf


        The Colette Lounge @ The Lowen Palais Berlin. .2015  ( previously the colette salon in the 90's )

        One of the art works in " THE COLETTE LOUNGE " DIAL C for SCANDAL SERIES "-

        @ the Lowen Palais . Berlin /Paintings & Scultptures/some on sale .

        .previously the Colette Salon /95 to 2000.-/Foyer 2001to 2019.-a comissioned work- also on view in foyer,

        works from 70's till now -are displayed 

        2015.exhibition "Lumiere Occupies Lowen Palais"-In the central rooms of Gallery -installation of the "C.I.A. the Colette Institute of Art offices -(a work in progress )...Also other hidden spaces of The Lowen Palais usually not open to public were on view )


        igger installation ( retrieving  my history ). Rempire gallery 91-

        Group Exhibitions. 2015/2017

        Berlin &-NYC

        2015 / 2016 Group Exhibitions:

        "The Proud Collector "@The Grand.(curators:Olaf Schirm, Tilman Woeske, Peter Ungeheuer,)

        "Displaced" Shlacten Festival curated by Emily Pueter /also in panel discussion at the intersection between Art& Science.

        "Microcosmi."( group show berlin -image above) Sept .2015 wall fragments/

        & foto editions;sleeping in Glass Cabinet. 91/Wake of Madame Recamier.74 .

        curated by Pascual Jordan & Petra Dragger.


        "the Downtown Decade" Rare´Gallery NYC. Sept .2015

        "Transitions": Olympia practices being 2 places at one time""(sleeping in glass cabinet.)Werktadd Galerie . Sept- Oct. Berlin

        Open Studios @Foundation Starke."lumiere goes about her Business' nov. 7. installation performance with art works.

        Time Lies. International Kino. curated by God's Dogs .Nov.2015


        "the transformation of the Sleeping gypsy. 1973 .Stefonatty Gallery nyc. installation and sleeping perfomrance.

        Spring Fever @HAgn. Berlin . March/April 2015 ( installation detail )


        Colette retrospective. Opening performance. 1981. Munster kunstverein. curated by Thomas Deecke

        "The Making of Olympia"1981.@ Munster Kunstverein - foto work-(opening tableau performance,for Colette retrospective)curated by Thomas Deecke-Monograph by Politi & texts by Arturo Scwarz, Peter Selz, Jeffrey Deitch .


        THE COLETTE INSTITUTE OF ART :PROTECTS, SHARES AND PROMOTES COLETTE VISION, HISTORY &.TRADEMARKS..( ex; "minimal Baroque".1973 "Deadly Feminine". 1978....MOTTOS: such as ""fuck art lets dance "" 1980 ( title of installation @Danceteria) ..and more recently .." Fight Terror with Glamor ".. "Beware of Women in Pink ""for C.I.A./(The Colette Institute of Art (Fb. page since 2004):


        FACE BOOK C.i.A. Page .:https://www.facebook.com/CIA-The-Colette-Institute-of-Art-265104940193840/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=622770571&pnref=lhc

        C.I.A. is looking for publisher for a CoffeeTable Book with images of installations etc. 1970s till now

        (Colette 's installation/performances -are available in Foto editions .).

        11monographs .(1981-2016) "

        street works from the 70's ". limited edition was published by Antoine Lefrebre editions. 2016.

        We Are In process of Organizing a travelling retrospective with catalogue.; and seeking for the proper home for the "Colette Archive" "as well as her dismantled " Legendary environment"in 83. .


        Colette's work is in the Collection of Guggenheim .N.Y.C , The MOCA L.A, The Museum Ludwig Cologne , The Brooklyn Museum NYC, Bar Harbor Museum of Art LA, The Aldrich Museum Connecticut , F.I U. Museum Miami,The Wolfsburg Museum , Germany, The Berlinshe Gallery Berlin. She has exhibited in those museums as well . Other museums that presented her works: The Musee Dart Moderne Lausanne, The New Museum NYC.The Grey Art Gallery NYC. The Neue Gallery Vienna, The Museum of Comtemporary Art Houston,Texas,The Woflsburg Museum Germany etc. etc.The Berlin Kunsteverein, The Munich Kunstverein , the Museum of Modern Art ,Finland, Musee National De Montreal ..& the Munster Kunstverein ( pic above of opening Performance 1981.) etc



        metaphysical portrait of Alexandra. .

        "Alexandra" Acrylic on Canvas with Stiching 20by 24 inches

        "Colette aka Lumiere 's Metaphysical Portraits "reinterpret the classical art of portraiture and look like inner maps. In creating them , the artist seeks to interpret the soul of her subjects". solo exhibition of @ Undercurrent YC. 2014."Metaphysical Portraits & Other experiments from LaboratoireLumiere"



        "street apparitions '  foto edition - series from a "Pirate In Venice" 2011.

        " A Pirate In Venice "

        The film takes place in Venice during the 2011 Venice Biennale . It includes important edited footage, images & conversations with Colette , Alan Jones, Emilio Fiorucci, Anthony Haden-Guest Paolo Barozzi.,Jorg Starke.etc available for screening in museum's auditoriums, Universities, galleries, small theaters (35 minutes )

        installation view of  of selecected "Records from the Story of  My life " 78/2007 . for "lumiere Occupies the owen Palais. 2015.


        "autobiographs. foto editions 70's +/with wall fragment with foto.

        pic /Black& white gallery Williamsburg. 2011. .. foto editions with Wall Fragment of living Environment ...(basic instinct title of show )

        recent interviews on lps':etc.. jan. 2016



        "Homage to Colette the Artist/the Reverse Pop Series .78/83 curated by IFAC.2014.

        performance/ 'Laboratoirelumiere Lumiere Private Offices""Colette stamps archivial documents in her office"

        exhibition ,curated by IFAC.: Lee Wells Gregory DeLaHAba,( Delancey st. NYC. Jan.Febr.2014

        view of "the bedroom " tokio comission.for hpgrp. ginza. 2005. environment with paintings, sculpture ,clothes acessories ,souvenirs cd. art multiple

        C.I.A( the Colette Institute of Art) services

        While Colette continues to create and exhibit her art in galleries, museums &other art spaces, the C.I.A.is in charge of comissions for : "on site "Permanent or 'Temporary Colettesized 'Art environments..wall installations for, Hotel Lobbys /Rooms -Department stores windows ,.building entrances. sets for films.. videos...etc

        public installation commissions. : 1985 I sets and costumes for the Berlin Opera, for Ravel's "L'heure Espagnole" . In 2004 entire floor in the HPGRP fashion building in Ginza ,Tokyo. The environment showcased my paintings,light sculptures - furniture and fashion & multiples ...from t-shirts to Cd's&

        Colette Salon /Lowen Palais Berlin 90's/ Colette Salon Stifftung Starke 94-2000

        'Colettesized Berlin Family Portrait" 1985 .120 by 180 centimeters mixed media.

        "Colettesized Portraits"Comissions

        Colette's involvement with the commisioned portrait began early in her careet but bacame highly publicized with the solo exhibitions "The Aristocrats" at Carol Johnssen ( Munich 2001) & "Intriguing Faces" at Vivian Horan ,NYC.2007.Her portraits involve an alchemical process, which she defines as "Colettesizing". using photography.,paint, resin and other materials.

      • Les Tresors de Lafrique. Foto Work- opening performance tableau - (large scale exhibition with complete new series :"Lumiere in Zulu Land II " @Municipal Gallery Bydosgoz Poland for the Eye Never Sleeps Festival . June July 2019.

      • Backround & History


        Since the seventies I began using the streets as my canvas and simultaneously transformed my home into a continuous work of art. I began staging similar soft fabric environments as my home as prototype, with different themes where I was the central element, usually laying still or sleeping, and had myself photographed. Soon after,I was invited to create such spaces in museums ,galleries and also continued to create these living tableaux in alternative spaces not only the streets, but also department store windows and nightclubs.


        In 1978 Fiorucci invited me to do a performance/exhibition in & in the windows of its store on 59th st. This started the trend of live models in windows. A year later, recognizing the influence of my vision and Unique look not only in art but also in the fashion and music realm , Fiorucci comissioned me to create a line of clothes. I presented the "Deadly Feminine" line in the store's windows ( as a limited edition)with a "fashion Art performance" at the trendy Mudd Club...

        Jeffrey Deitch wrote in 1981 Politi Monograph ."Colette has become increasingly renowned in art circles ,she watched her ideas filter into the products of designers , decorators, and others in the commercial world.. I her 1978 performance, "The Last Stich " she declared herself dead , arranging to be born again as Justine... an energetic entrepreneur ".ex; 1979 limited edition of the LP "Beautiful Dreamer'. . rerealeased DFA label 2011http://store.dfarecords.com/products/dfa2263?variant=364969165


        (Justine of the Colette is Dead Co.( Reverse Pop Series )was the first of a series of "living personas" .Her sucessors were : Mata Hari & the Stolen Potatoes Berlin,(84-86) The Countess Reichenbach ,Munich, (86-91)the House of Olympia (91-2000) When NYC once again became the permanent residence and Lumiere since 9/11)
        Public Speaking /Presentations:

        selected lectures & invitations as guest professor in Universities &other public venues in US and Europe:. NYU, university NYC./ the Institute of Architecture NYC, /The Art Akademie Dusselfdorf./ Columbia University NYC./The Banff Center (Canada), Yale University,/ The Art Institute of Chicago.,/ The Brooklyn Museum/ etc


        pic; legendary living environment wearing one of the beautiful dreamer uniforms1981


        My living Environment " An inner Sculpture with a sculpture within it.

        "I create a landscape and become part of it" (an inner landscape):

        published by Jeffrey Deitch ."lives exhibition catalogue .1975.

        "I have been told that Colette's environment - and it took ten years for it to grow to what it is now-is in danger of disappearing due to the total lack of support from museums and institutions. This would be a real tragedy. It would deprive New York of one of its last poetical spots. I cannot believe that they could be blind to art and deaf to the harmony of love. For love has nested in Colette'apartment"

        My living Environment " An inner Sculpture with a sculpture within it.

        Arturo Schwartz (in monograph by Politi 1981)

        the living environment is still in storage and is in danger or disappearing, the Late Leo Castelli was involved in its preservation which almost manifested....




        "Metaphysical Portraits &

        other experiments...@Undercurrent Projects.

        NYC. 2014