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Valérian Goalec


Valérian Goalec is committed to observing the shape of the utilitarian objects that populate our daily lives and public spaces. These mass-produced artefacts seem to be designed to go unnoticed. However, they take on a poetically absurd sculptural appearance once isolated from their original context, and acquire a different status due to their arrangement in space, the transition made in their material or their scale. These transitions are the result of intuitive thinking, through associations of ideas, uses, forms and materials. The initial configuration leads, through a play of meanings and personal rebuttals, to solutions that are at times completely abstract and lost from their original use. Adapting events to structures, such as the wild and tinkering thinking theorized by Claude Lévi-Strauss, he highlights a diachronic relationship between objects and beings. Since 2011, he has worked and exhibited with institutions such as Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), 221A (Vancouver), la Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), Bozar (Brussels), DASH (Kortrijk), Levy Delval (Brussels), Art Brussels (Brussels), as well as residencies in Hangar (Lisbon), Aldea (Bergen) CCA Andratx (Palma) and is currently at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris).

Biography by Maud Salembier, curator and teacher at ESA Saint-Luc Brussels.


  • 2010

    DNSEP, EESAB (European Academy of Art in Brittany), Rennes, France

  • 2008

    DNAP, EESAB (European Academy of Art in Brittany), Rennes, France


  • 2020

    Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

  • 2019

    CCA Andratx, August, Palma, (SP)

    Hangar, Centro de Investigação Artística, April, Lisbon (PT)

    Aldea, invited by Curatron, March, Bergen (NO)


  • 2021

    Laureate for Prix médiatine, Wolubilis, Brussels (BE)

  • 2020

    Laureate for Un futur pour la Culture, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles & BN Projects, Brussels (BE)

    Laureate for Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, personal exhibition at Art Brussels, Brussels (BE)

  • 2017

    Laureate for 62eme Salon de Montrouge, Beffroi, Montrouge (FR)



    My, our, your. Curation : Maud Salembier, FWB booth, Art Brussels, Belgique

  • 2021

    My, our, your, curated by Maud Salembier, FWB booth, Art Brussels, Belgium

    Ordinary lane, curated by Christophe Veys, Galerie Arts², Mons, Belgium

  • 2020

    Our time is less, Cité International des Arts, Paris, France

    A Lukewarm B, Spazio Orr, Brescia, Italy

  • 2018

    Intended Earshot, Coherent at The Others Art Fair, Turin, Italy

    Potentiality of Ten, L21, Palma, Spain

  • 2015

    One to nine, Episode 4, Stems, Brussels, Belgium


    R. W. Rye, with Céline Mathieu, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, Paris, France

    Casa dolce casa, curated by Rosario Caltabiano, 22,48m², Paris, France

    TOUJOURS, curated by Pour ceux, Pal Project, Paris, France

    Private song, curated by Honggyun Mok, Doosan Art Center, Séoul, Korea

    Les choses d’ici bas, curated by Fabrice Schneider & Florin Filleul, Galerie DuflonRacz, Brussels, Belgium

    Radar, curated by Trees De Mits, Arendonk Academy, Turnhout, Belgium

    Gourmandises, curated by Ariane Defraine, Galerie Arts², Mons (BE)

  • 2O19

    Commun Imaginaire, curated by Vincent Verlé, Métroplole du Grand Nancy, France

    The form springs, Senesi Contemporanea, London, Royaume-Uni

    It boils down, curated by Thomas Lowe, Pure Propaganda, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas

    Revoir encore un été, curated by Hubert Marot, l’Echo des vagues, Vendée, France

    Lockers Vol.3, curated by Diego Diez & Borja Llobregat, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

    Natural blood circulation, curated by Cameron Macleod, Aldea, Bergen, Norway

    I’m Trying to explain, L21, Palma (SP) Arco Art Fair, L21, Madrid, Spain

    Neighbours Vol.8, Artist collections, curated by Manor Grunewald, RIOT, Ghent, Norwey

  • 2018

    VI Premi Vila Santanyí Francisco Bernareggi, Casa de Cultura Ses Cases Noves, Palma, Spain

    L’Économie des apostrophes, invited by Béatrice Balcou, curated by Julie Pellegrin, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France

    Process time, curated by Vincent Verlé, Musée de l’Histoire du fer, Nancy, France

    Copies, Eric Mouchet, curated by Théophile Calot, Paris, France

    On Materiality, Dash, curated by Joachim Coucke, Kortrijk, Belgium

    Arco Art Fair, L21, Madrid, Spain

  • 2017

    20cm from the ground, L21, Palma, Spain

    La Norme Idéale, Levy Delval, Brussels, Belgium

    Re-Art2, curated by Julie Senden, Zaventem, Belgium

    62e Salon de Montrouge, curated by Ami Barak and Marie Gautier, Beffroi, Montrouge, France

    Abookaspacea, curated by Théophile Calot, Chapelle Haut Quartier, Sète (FR)

  • 2016

    What about the color pink? Do you like pink?, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke-Het Zoute, Belgium

    F/F, curated by Théophile Calot, Néon, Lyon, France

    Point of view, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Danemark

  • 2015

    Friendly Faces, curated by Middlemarch, Johannes Vogt, New York City, USA

    Forme e Anti forme, curated by Hans M. De Wolf, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, Italy

    Family Matters, De la charge, Brussels, Belgium

  • 2O14

    Midway through the journey, neither here nor there, B.O.R.G. Biennale, Hal, Antwerp, Belgium

    And He Built A Crooked House, curated by Sungpil Yoon, 221A, Vancouver, Canada

    The Stanley parable, Levy Delval, Brussels, Belgium

    Things to unfold, Préface, Paris, France



Art in Quarantine, Take our daily life, Umbigo Magazine N°73 (PT), 2020

Side to Side, by Aurélie Faure, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris (FR), 2020

À portée de voix, by Christophe Veys, L’Art Même numéro 81, Bruxelles (BE), 2020

Obsession, Pli Revue numéro 5, Paris (FR), 2019

Copies, by Oscar Duboÿ, AD magazine (FR), 2018

Potentiality of Ten, Art Viewer, L21, Palma (SP), 2018

This is Belgium, The Word, Brussels (BE), 2017

20 cm from the ground, Art Viewer, L21 (SP), 2017


Opening - TOUJOURS


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