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M¬KHI XENAKIS (France, Paris b. 1956 / act: Paris)

M‚khi Xenakis Mâkhi Xenakis was born on 16 May 1965 in Paris. She is daughter of Greek music composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) and French author Françoise Xenakis (b. 1930). Drawing has always been part of her daily life. She studied architecture with Paul Virilio and created theater decors and costumes, in particular with Claude Regy. In 1987, she moved to New York, to paint until 1989. During this period she experienced a decisive encounter with Louise Bourgeois. In 1998, she published a book with her: "Louise Bourgeois, l'Aveugle guidant l'Aveugle" (Editions Actes Sud), translated in 2008 as "Louise Bourgeois, the Blind Leading the Blind". In 1999, she presented her first exhibition of sculpture accompanied by the book "Parfois seule" (Editions Actes Sud). In 2001, she exhibited drawings and sculptures and published "Laisser Venir les Fantômes" (Editions Actes Sud). In 2004 she was invited to exhibit her sculpture at the La Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, with reference to the hospital archives concerning the hellish imprisonment there of thousands of women since the time of Louis XIV. She published "Les Folles d'Enfer de la Salpêtrière", accompanied by an installation of 260 sculptures in the hospital chapel. In 2008 she published "Laisser Venir les Secrets" (Editions Actes Sud). In 2009 she was invited by the Manufacture de Sèvres to create a limited-edition sculpture entitled "La Pompadour".

Mâkhi Xenakis received the following awards: Scholarship Villa Médicis hors les murs, painting division, for a two- year stay in New York (1987); and Printing Prix Lacourière, Bibliothèque Nationale and Fondation de France (1996).

Artworks by Mâkhi Xenakis illustrate the following books: Démosthène Davvetas Terre Lumineuse (1993); Jamel Eddine Bencheikh Parole Montante (1996); École des Beaux-Artes de Nancy Jusqu’à Épuisement (1997); Jean Frémon Morceaux (2002); Odysseus Elytis Vingt-Quatre Heures Pour Toujours (2004); Jean Frémon Les Mots des Autres (2007).

Mâkhi Xenakis presented the following personal exhibitions: Autoportraits, La Box, Bourges (1993); Gallery Alain Le Gaillard, Paris (1999); Sculptures et Dessins, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers (1999); Parfois Seule, Le Méjan, Arles (2000); Laisser Venir les Fantômes: Dessins et Sculptures, Hôtel d'Albret, Paris (2002); Morceaux, Livre d’Artiste: Pastels et Sculptures, Zadkine Museum, Paris (2002); Dessins et Sculptures, Artothèque, Caen (2003); Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris (2004); Les Folles d’Enfer de la Salpêtrière, Chapel and Gardens of La Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris (2004); Heures Bleues: Sculptures, Evian (2005); Les folles d'enfer de la Salpêtrière: Sculptures, Gardens of La Salpêtrière Hospital / Gardens of Institut de Sciences Politiques, Paris (2005); Dessins, École Supérieure d'Arts de Brest - ESAB, Brest (2006); Gravures: Livres d'Artiste, Fine Arts Museum, Brest (2006); Autour des Folles d'Enfer: Sculptures et Video, Passerelle Art Center, Brest (2006); Moments Artistiques, Paris (2006); Continents Noirs: Dessins, Sculptures, Video, School of Plastic Arts, Châtellerault (2007); Dessins, Bookstorming Bookstore, Paris (2007); Dessins: Sculptures et Video, 13th arrondissement City Hall, Paris (2007); Continents Noirs, Tina Kambani Gallery, Athens (2008); Laisser Venir les Secrets, Le Méjan, Arles (2008); Gallery Sainte Catherine, Rodez (2009); Gallery Annie Lagier, Isle sur la Sorgue (2009). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Autoportrait, Center of Contemporary Art, Castres (1994); Galerie Pièce Unique in Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain de Bâle - FIAC, Basle (1996); Regards Noirs, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (1998); Et Tous, ils Changent le Monde, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (2000); Livingstone Gallery, La Haye (2001); Mauvais Genre, School of Fine Arts, Rouen (2004); Peintures à Histoires, Fine Arts Museum, Besançon (2005); Le Dessin, Espace d'Art Contemporain Camille Lambert, Juvisy sur Orges (2005); Acquisitions Récentes, un Choix, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); Singuliers, Pluriels, Galerie Catherine Putman, Paris (2007); Une Sélection de Dessins: Collection du Centre Pompidou, Fine Arts Museum, Besançon (2007); Carte Blanche à Dominique Aris, Gallery Frédéric Moisan, Paris (2007); Salon du Dessin, Galerie Catherine Putman, Paris (2008); Drawing Women, Johyun Gallery, Busan, Korea (2008); Nouvel Accrochage, Florence and Daniel Guerlain collection, Les Mesnuls (2008); Point à la Ligne, Château de Servières, Marseille (2009); Anima Animalia, Ceramics Biennal, Châteauroux (2009); elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009); 15th Biennale de Ceramics, Châteauroux (2009); Art Protect, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2009); La Lutte contre le Sida a 25 ans, les Artistes Soutiennent Aide, Espace Azzedine AlaÏa, Paris (2009); Beautés Monstres, Fine Arts Museum, Nancy (2009). § Artworks by Mâkhi Xenakis are kept at the following public institutions: Artothèque, Fine Arts Museum, Brest; Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; City of Paris Municipal Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris; Fédération Nationale d'Achats des Cadres - FNAC; Lyons Municipal Library, Lyons; Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres; Modern and Contemporary Art Collection, Gennevilliers; Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique - SACEM; The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens; and Zadkine Museum, Paris.

Mâkhi Xenakis continues to lives and work in Paris.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
LOUISE BOURGEOIS / DÉMOSTHÈNE DAVVETAS / CATHERINE STRASSER Mâkhi Xenakis, Autoportraits 1993 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Bourges
TALBOT, PATRICK Mâkhi Xenakis, Inquiétante Étrangeté 1994 Éditions Michel Chomarat, Lyon
WAT, PIERRE Mâkhi Xenakis, Jusqu’à Épuisement 1998 le Journal des Estampes
REGY, CLAUDE Mâkhi 1999 Galerie Municipale Édourad Manet, Gennevilliers
DAYDÉ, EMMANUEL Laisser Venir les Fantômes 2002 Hôtel d'Albret
HUSER, FRANCE Laisser Venir les Fantômes 2002 le Nouvel Observateur
DAGEN, PHILIPPE Mâkhi Xenakis, Plongée dans la Mémoire 2002 Le Monde
BERNADAC, MARIE-LAURE Mâkhi Xenakis, Spider Girl 2002
BOUTOULLE, MYRIAM Mâkhi Xenakis, Totems Intimistes 2004 Connaissance des arts
DIATKINE, ANNE Mâkhi Xenakis, Follement Inspirée 2004 Elle
CABU, SANDRINE Folle Alliée 2004 Libération
DAGBERT, ANNE Mâkhi Xenakis, Les Folles d'Enfer 2004 Art Press
BOUTOULLE, MYRIAM Mâkhi Xenakis, un Cri Silencieux 2004 Connaissance des Arts
DAGEN, PHILIPPE Mâkhi Xenakis et les Spectres de la Salpêtrière 2004 Le Monde
MESKACHE, DJAMEL Une Nuit d'Enfer, Interviews Mâkhi Xenakis & Jacques Victor Giraud 2004 Arboretum/Tarabuste Argenton-sur-Creuse
DANIEL, MARION Mâkhi Xenakis, Donner Figure 2006 Éditions Centre d'Art Passerelle & Ville de Brest
HUSER, FRANCE Mâkhi Xenakis 2007 Le Nouvel Observateur
DAGEN, PHILIPPE Mâkhi Xenakis, Écorchés Vifs et Grotesque Sauvage 2007 le Monde
PARTOUCHE, MARC Le Champs de Mâkhi 2007 Éditions Cardinaux, École d'Art Plastique de Châtellerault
WOLINSKY, NATACHA Louise et Mâkhi, Mano a Mano 2008 Beaux Arts Magazine
GALEA, CLAUDINE Les Orages de Mâkhi 2008 La Marseillaise
MARTIN, JULIE Mâkhi Xenakis, Sculpteuse de Vies 2008 Atmosphère Magazine №124
XENAKIS, MÂKHI Lettre à Pascal Amel 2009 Art Absolument №27

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