Isabelle Cornaro works with painting, sculpture, film and installation, to explore the influence of history and culture on our perception of reality. As a trained art historian specialising in 16th-century European Mannerism, her visual language draws on a wide array of references from the Baroque to modernist abstraction. In her work Cornaro uses found objects imbued with symbolic potential or emotional value, which she presents in different types of display and media to reveal the subtle shifts of meaning provoked by processes of reproduction and translation.
Isabelle Cornaro (b.1974, France) lives and works in Paris and Zurich. She has exhibited extensively across France as well as internationally including solo exhibitions at M – Museum (cur. Valerie Verhack), Leuven, LAXART (cur. Lauri Firstenberg), Los Angeles, TWAAS (cur. Clément Dirié), New York, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, Balice Hertling, Paris, Kunsthalle Bern (cur. Fabrice Stroun), Bern, Le Magasin (cur. Yves Aupetitallot), Grenoble, Frac Aquitaine (cur. Claire Jacquet), Bordeaux, Collège des Bernardins (cur. Jean de Loisy and Alain Berland), Paris, and 1m3 (cur. Jeanne Graff), Lausanne. Group exhibitions include at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, Public Fiction, Los Angeles,Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Mercer Union, Toronto, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, and SculptureCenter, New York. Her work can be found in a number of public collections including those of Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Île-de-France, Paris, and Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Aquitaine, Bordeaux.