Oda Jaune

Selected works

Born in 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oda Jaune has lived and worked in Paris since 2008. The artist uses her work to portray a tormented yet deeply poetical world. In it, images that are tender, naive and violent, occasionally erotic and funny, are mingled together as Jaune continues her frank exploration of a subconscious freed from convention. Her paintings are unsettling, putting the viewer in a position where abandon is the only option and inhibition is futile.

HEART - Romanticism in Contemporary Art

Le Musée de la Vie romantique presents a selection of around 40 art works by thirty contemporary artists on the representation of heart as an expression of the feeling of love, echoing one of the main themes of Romanticism.
This exhibition aims to open the cultural program of the museum beyond the nineteenth century by exploring the continuation of Romanticism in contemporary art, in resonance with the museum’s collections. The heart as an organ, motif and symbol is presented here through various techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, neon and photography.
In addition to the emblematic figures of Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Dine, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Pierre and Gilles, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Françoise Pétrovitch, visitors will be able to discover about twenty other artists in this exhibition. 

Musée de la Vie romantique, Paris, France

February 14 - July 12, 2020


The Caress 

Oda Jaune is presenting a new artistic project travelling through the remote, unspoiled landscapes of Bulgaria.

Her sculpture The Caress, created in summer 2018, has been on the move since September, following a secret itinerary that will conclude near Sofia in spring 2019. The sculpture, first installed on the rocky shores of the Black Sea in Varvara, currently overlooks the Kaolin quarries in Vetovo, close to the Danube.

Oda Jaune’s dream was to rise to the challenge of creating an encounter, where a subtle work, open to interpretation, meets nature and local people. Her Caress, with its delicate and sensual draping, evokes the Pietà artistic tradition. The work is unsettling, questioning the concept of fusion and the nature of the love that binds the protagonists: are they mother and son, lovers, twins?

The reactions of local residents and passers-by to this enigmatic work, displayed far from a museum setting, are an integral part of the project.

From September 2018 to May 2019

Hands - Solo Show

Oda Jaune’s installation Hands created especially for SEEN shows a symbiosis of light and shadow, confronting the viewers with the question of their own existence.  Under the candle flame, the sculpture becomes animated: shadows start to dance, candles melt away. The installation functions as a memento, created through life and death.

SEEN is a new project space curated by Joanna De Vos. The concept is simple: one room, one previously unseen artwork, one artist. 

From 23/05/2019 to 13/07/2019


« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » - group show

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist's quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre's work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .

From 21/10/17 to 15/04/18


The Artist/Knight
(Group show)

Knights appeal to everyone’s imagination. What does this iconic symbol stand for? Do the knightly codes and values still have meaning today? Curator Joanna De Vos investigated and now creates in Gaasbeek Castle an international group exhibition of modern artistry as a ‘legacy’ of knightly ideals. 

With works by Marina Abramović, Uldus Bakhtiozina, Horia Damian, Robert Devriendt, Davide Dormino, Jan Fabre, Laurent Grasso, Phil Griffin, Oda Jaune, Kubra Khademi, Meiro Koizumi, Pere Llobera, Barbara Kruger, Kris Martin, Jonathan Meese, Fabien Mérelle, Benjamin Moravec, Eleni Mylonas, Luigi Ontani, Antonis Pittas, Quiet Ensemble, Gabriel Roca, Rob Scholte, Adeela Suleman, Hannelore Van Dijck, Hans Van Houwelingen, Marko Velk, Antonello Viola, voorforvaast fanclub and Andy Wauman

From 7/11/17 to 11/5/17 


Un monde in-tranquille (Exhibition group)

From 7/9/17 to 10/15/17

'Peindre, dit-elle’ - group show

"Paint, She Said”, celebrates the current buoyant state of painting and particularly of painting by women artists living in France. Grouped under this title (reminiscent of Marguerite Duras' film and book "Destroy She Said") are a selection of established or up-and-coming artists who have clearly placed themselves in a painterly tradition and contribute to its continuing renewal. 

With Oda Jaune, Giulia Andreani Farah Atassi, Amélie Bertrand Anne Brégeaut, Marion Charlet Coraline de Chiara, Nina Childress Béatrice Cussol, Hélène Delprat Vanessa Fanuele, Vidya Gastaldon, Maude Maris Elodie Lesourd, Iris Levasseur Eva Nielsen, Laure Prouvost ClaireTabouret, Delphine Trouche.

From 3/10/2017 to 5/28/2017

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