Prune Nourry

The artist

Born in 1985 in Paris, Prune Nourry lives and works in New York. She is interested in the fields of science and anthropology, particularly bioethical questions relating to gender selection and the artificial evolution of humankind. She explores these issues with an artistic approach that combines sculpture, installations, performances and video. Over the last few years, the artist has gained recognition for her long-term projects, such as the Terracotta Daughters army, inspired by the Xi’an terracotta warriors. The piece travelled the world between 2013 and 2015, from Paris to China and taking in Zurich, New York and Mexico City.



Birth Born in 1985 in Paris, France
Residency Lives and works between New York and Paris
Education 2006
École Boulle, Paris, France


2023 Prune Nourry, musée de La Poste, Paris, France
Fauteuil d’artiste #11, La Scala – Paris, Paris, France
2022 Mater Earth, permanent installation, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Statues Also Breathe, Art Twenty One, Lagos, Nigeria
Infinite Arrows, Galerie Templon, Brussels, Belgium
L’Amazone Érogène (Arc), displayed in Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium’s hall, Brussels, Belgium
Atys, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Atys, Opéra-ballet, Opéra royal de Versailles, Paris, France
Atys, Grand foyers, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
Atys, Opéra-ballet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
2021 Projet Phenix, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Amazone Erogène, Le Bon Marché – Rive Gauche, Paris, France
2019 Catharsis Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Daughters, Château de Malromé, Saint-André-du-Bois, France
2018 The Amazon, Standard Plaza Hotel, New York, USA
La destruction n’est pas une fin en soi, Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, Les Magasins Électriques, Arles, France
2017 Holy, Carte Blanche à Prune Nourry, musée Guimet, Paris, France
Contemporary Archeology, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, Belgium

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2016 Imbalance, Galerie Magda Danysz - Paris, Paris, France
2015 Terracotta Daughters, The Earth Ceremony, landfill of the Terracotta Daughters army, China
Terracotta Daughters, Simon Studer Art, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Terracotta Daughters, Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico, Mexico
Terracotta Daughters, China Institute, New York, USA
Imbalance, installation in a back & foot rub, New York, USA
Terracotta Daughters, Flux Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland
Terracotta Daughters, Galerie Magda Danysz - Paris , Paris, France
Terracotta Daughters, Le Centquatre, Paris, France
2013 Terracotta Daughters, Galerie Magda Danysz, Shanghai, China
Genesis, Casino Venier, Venice, Italy
Holy Daughters, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland
Holy Daughters, Henrik Springmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 Holy Daughters, The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, New York, USA
2011 Holy Daughters, curated by Tatyana Franck, Paris, France
2009 Le Dîner Procréatif, Laboratory Studio, Paris, France
2007 Les Bébés domestiques, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA
In situ exhibition, Animalerie, Quai de la Mégisserie, Paris, France


2024 DONNER CORPS, Fondation Villa Datris, Paris, France
Breasts, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy
2023 Métro ! Le Grand Paris en mouvement, Cité de l’Architechture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France
Sculpture Garden, Biennale, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Temporality_Capturing the transience of the present moment, MOT (Module of Temporality), Dnipro, Ukraine
Strand for Women, FIAF et Masha Amini, New York, USA
Temporality_Capturing the transience of the present moment, MOT (Module of Temporality), Kyiv, Ukraine
De leur temps (7), Un regard sur des collections privées, Frac Grand Large, Dunkerque, France
2022 Nafas, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mater Earth, permanent installation, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Mettre au monde, Centre d’art contemporain de l’ar[t]senal, Dreux, France
Glasstress 2022 curated by Adriano Berengo and Dimitri Ozerkov, Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Venice, Italy
Her way to say it, The Invisible Collection, London, UK
2019 Glasstress 2019, 6th edition, curated by Vik Muniz and Koen Vanmechelen, Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Venice, Italy
Bêtes de Scène, Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
2018 Vis-à-vis, Galerie Magda Danysz – Paris, Paris, France
Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva, Switzerland
40 ans de passion, Collection David H. Brolliet, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint Louis, France
2017 Hidden Art, Simon Studer Art, Geneva, Switzerland

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2016 Anima, The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, NY, USA
2015 Voices of 20 Contemporary Artists at Idem Paris, Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Drawing Hand™ Chapter 4 - Md Gallery Paris, Galerie Magda Danysz – London, London, UK
360°, Galerie Magda Danysz – Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Sleeping Beauty, Galerie Magda Danysz – Paris, Paris, France
Asia Now, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
2014 Girls, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
La Part Animale, Galerie Sophie Sheidecker, Paris, France
2013 At Home, Contemporary Art Center, Malaga, Spain
2011 Group Show, Polka Galerie, Paris, France
Holy Daughters, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2009 Gimme More, Galerie Elaine Levy, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Les Bébés domestiques, KJBi Art Space, Brussels, Belgium
2007 Biennale d'Issy, Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
2006 Wooster on Spring, New York, New York, USA
Aux Arts Citoyens, Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France
2004 Group show, Galerie "M", Paris, France
Toit et Moi, Galerie La Loge, Paris, France


2018 Nomination to the Order of Commander of Arts and Letters, Ministry of Culture and Communication, France


2022 The world is ours, Serendipity film screening and conference, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France
Duel #2, Serendipity film screening and conference; moderators: Tatyana Franck and François Asermet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2019 The First Annual TIME 100 Health Summit, world leaders and prominent figures in health care discussing essential perspectives on health and wellness, New York City, USA
Metrograph Theater, Introduction of Agnes Varda’s film “Cleo from 5 to 7” by Prune Nourry, New York City, USA
2018 A conversation with Taryn Simon and Prune Nourry, Park Avenue Armory Talk, Luncheon Series, New York City, USA
Fubiz Talk, Le rendez-vous de la créativité, Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
2016 Mapping Memory, Keynote Address, CUNY University The Graduate Center, New York City, USA
Preparing Tomorrow Today – designing a museum for the future, with Tatyana Franck (Director of the musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne), Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China
2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, Suny New Platz, New York City, USA
Art et Société: L’imaginaire peut-il influer sur la réalité?, (Art and Society: can imagination change the reality?), with Sophie Makariou (Director of Musée Guimet), Christophe Guilmoto (Sociologist) and Magda Danysz (Gallerist), Paris, France
Terracotta Daughters, Discussion with Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, Chair of the Board of Trustees of China Institute, Alliance Française - Institut Français, New York, USA
2010 Holy Daughters - Sex Selective Abortions in India, with the sociologist Ravinder Kaur, moderated by Alka Pande, art adviser and curator, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
The Emergence of Contemporary Indian Art, moderated by Christine Ithurbide, researcher in contemporary art, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
2009 Interview-conference, moderated by Malvika Maheshwari, Professor, Science Po, Paris, France
Conference, moderated by Sonia Brunel, speaker of National Museums, auditorium of the Louvre, Paris, France

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2008 How we draw the borderline between humans and animals: Challenging art experiments with hybrid pet babies, moderated by sociologist Noriko Nijiima, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Interview-conference, moderated by Professor Gérard Rodach, Science Po, Paris, France


2024 Atys, Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire, France
Works commissioned by the Cheval Blanc Hotel, Seychelles
2023 Timbre d’artiste, édité par La Poste, France
2022 Creation of a stamp, edited by La Poste, French postal services
Set of baroque opéra-ballet Atys, Grand Théatre de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland; Opéra Royale de Versailles, Versailles, France
2020 Serendipity, Special projection series, UNAFF/Stanford, Denver Women Film Festival, Health Museum Houston, TX, United States
2018 Serendipity, film directed by Prune Nourry, written and produced by Alastair Siddons, edited by Paul Carlin, executive producers : Angelina Jolie, Sol Guy, Darren Aronofsky, presented at the MoMA DOC Fortnight Festival, New York, USA; at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale 2019), Berlin, Germany; at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019, New York, USA;


2018 The Amazon, installation and performance, Hudson River and Standard Plaza Hotel, New York, USA
2013 Genesis, solo show and performance, Casino Venier, Venice, Italy
Le Dîner procréatif, solo exhibition and performance, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 The Archeological dinner, Installation and performance, in collaboration with Jean-François Piège, Le Centquatre, Paris, France
2011 Holy River, happening, Calcutta Arts Club, Calcutta, India
Spermbar, installation and performance, 5th Avenue commissioned by L’Institut français Alliance Française (FIAF) during the Crossing the Line Festival, New York, USA
2010 Holy Daughters, happening, New Delhi, India
2009 Le Dîner procréatif, installation and performance, Espace R, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 Les Bébés domestiques, happening, Tokyo, Japan
Adoption Day #2, happening, Galerie Elaine Levy, Brussels, Belgium

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2007 Adoption Day #1, happening, Jaguar Shoes Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Point de vue - June, 2023

À l'origine du monde

Raphaël Morata

Le Monde - décembre 2022

Prune Nourry en corps-à-corps avec le paysage

Emmanuelle Jardonnet

Independent - novembre 2026

Are the statues of missing chikbok girls still breathing

Financial Times - October, 2022

Prune Nourry is super-sizing her sculptures

Tribune des Arts - Septembre 2022

La terre et la matière

Carole Kittner

Forbes - août 2022

Find Out How This French Artist Transformed Her Ilness Into Art

Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle

Le Journal des Arts

Prune Nourry au kaléidoscope

Fabien Simode

Le Monde - février 2022

Atys de Lully, histoire d'une métamorphose au Grand Théâtre de Genève

Marie-Aude Roux

Art Passions - décembre 2021

Prune Nourry de la Terre à la Chair

Arthus Dreyfus

Libération - novembre 2021

Prune Nourry, la touche à tout

Wallpaper - septembre 2021

Prune Nourry's sculptures are to be touched, but not seen

Numéro - septembre 2021

Visitez une exposition invisible avec Prune Nourry

Madame Figaro - septembre 2021

L'art de toucher juste

Le Figaro - janvier 2021

Prune Nourry, une amazone qui tire ses flèches au bon marché

Valérie Duponchelle

Beaux Arts Magazine - décembre 2020

Catharsis au coeur des rayons

Daphné Bétard

Le Figaro - octobre 2019

Serendipity : créer, c'est guérir un peu

Benjamin Puech

Le Monde - octobre 2019

Prune Nourry nourrit sa créativité de sa maladie

Clarisse Fabre

Cheek Magazine - octobre 2019

Prune Nourry

Sophie Peyrard

Les Echos Week-End - octobre 2019

Prune Nourry

Adrien Gombeaud

Transfuge - octobre 2019

"Tout est lié à l'idée de catharsis"

Damien Aubel

Inrap - septembre 2019

Catharsis : une rencontre entre art et archéologie

Valérie Delattre - septembre 2019

Prune Nourry, mythe et maladie

Madame Figaro - août 2019

Prune Nourry : corps et âme

Elle - août 2019

Prune Nourry

Soline Delos

Le 1 - juin 2019

les aiguilles de l'équilibre

Manon Paulic

Women & Hollywood - février 2019

Berlinale 2019 Women Directors : Meet Prune Nourry - "Serendipity"

Laura Berger - juin 2018

The Amazon arrives at the Standard, High Line in New York

Alessandra Codinha

Standard - juin 2018

Prune Nourry's Triumphant Warrior Woman , The Amazon

Alex Waxman

New York Times - juin 2018

A Catharsis Sculpture

Melena Ryzik - août 2017

Prune Nourry et son armée de fillettes envahissent Guimet

Sylvie Kerviel - juillet 2017

Une armée féminine envahit le Musée Guimet

Sara Guenin

La Gazette Drouot - mai 2017

Prune Nourry, le retour de la fille prodige

Alain Quemin

Télérama - avril 2017

Les obsessions fascinantes de Prune Nourry

Sabrina Silamo

Madame Figaro - avril 2017

Prune Nourry artiste hors cadre

Valery de Buchet

Arts Libre (La Libre Belgique) - février 2017

Les archéologies actuelles de Prune Nourry

Roger Pierre Turine

Beaux Arts Magazine - février 2017

Les étranges mythologies sociales et futuristes de Prune Nourry

Judicaël Lavrador

Le Vif l'Express - janvier 2017

Armée de terre

Aliénor Debrocq

Connaissance des Arts - mai 2014

Prune Nourry, la va-t-en-guerre

Elisabeth Vedrenne

Libération - avril 2014

L'armée des jamais-nées

Dominique Poiret

New York Times - octobre 2013

Terra-cotta Warriors Get a Sex Change

Austin Ramzy


Abdelkader Benchamma
Iván Navarro
Prune Nourry

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris
From November 8, 2023 to June 2, 2024

On the occasion of the group show Métro! Le Grand Paris en mouvement, Abdelkader Benchamma, Iván Navarro and Prune Nourry will be exhibiting their works from November 8, 2023 at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris. Focusing on mobility and urbanity, the exhibition presents visionary projects and the fictional world of the subway, curated by Dominique Perrault, Francis Rambert and Jean-Marc Hofman.

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La Poste
From October 16, 2023

Prune Nourry’s artist’s stamp produced with the printing house of the French institution La Poste, printed in 450,000 copies, will be available from October 16, 2023. For this new project, the artist has chosen Aïcha, a student at the INJA-Louis Braille, as her model.

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Château La Coste, France

The installation “Mater Earth” by Prune Nourry joined the Château La Coste’s permanent collection.

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Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Until March 31, 2024

On the occasion of the Crans-Montana Biennial and in collaboration with Sculpture Garden, Prune Nourry exhibits her artwork Cracked Head #4 until March 31, 2024.

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La Scala, Paris

Vernissage de Fauteuil d’artiste #11 : Fauteuil d’Atys de Prune Nourry à La Scala le 16 mai 2023 à 19h, entrée gratuite.

Prune Nourry

24 second Avenue, New York From March 8 to March 15, 2023

On the occasion of the group show Strand for Women, Prune Nourry exhibits alongside a group of committed artists to show support to the universal movement happening in Iran.

Jean-Michel Alberola
Michael Ray Charles
Oda Jaune
Prune Nourry

Group show

Frac Grand Large, France
From January 28 to April 23, 2023

As part of the group show De leur temps at the Frac Grand Large, Jean-Michel Alberola, Oda Jaune, Michael Ray Charles and Prune Nourry will exhibit their works from 28 January to 23 April 2023.

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Art Twenty One, Lagos
Through February 4, 2023

A collaborative exhibition “Statues Also Breathe” just opened at Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria, unveiling a major project honoring the Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their high school in Northern Nigeria in 2014 — many of whom are still missing. The project comprises 108 portraits in clay, modeled after the missing girls imaged in the style of iconic ancestral Ife heads.