Claire Le Restif
Claire Le Restif is an art historian.
Since 2003, she has been directing the contemporary art centre Le Crédac, which she moved to La Manufacture des Œillets in 2011.
She set up the Royal Garden curatorial project on Le Crédac’s website in 2008, and in 2016 created Crédakino, a dedicated space for posting video works.
She edited the book entitled INDEX 1987-2017, which looks back at the 30-year history of Le Crédac’s exhibitions. Graphic design by Mathias Schweizer and Thibaut Robin. Published by Dilecta, Paris (672 pages).
She is an associate professor at Paris-Sorbonne University in the curatorial master’s programme “Contemporary Art and its Exhibition”.
Her conception of the work of a curator takes the exhibition context into account, and she wishes to combine a policy of excellence in terms of artistic choice with an effort to get close to the public.
She holds a master’s degree in art history / art professions from the University of Rennes, as well as a diploma from the ESIAG (Ecole Supérieure Internationale d’Art et Gestion) in Paris.
She was an independent curator from 2001 in 2003.
Prior to that, she worked as an assistant to the artistic director of La Ferme du Buisson contemporary art centre in Marne-la-Vallée (1994-2000).
She has organised exhibitions in France and abroad, including at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Kunsthalle Palazzo in Liestal (Basel), the Kunsthaus Baselland (Basel), the Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the “Attitudes” art centre in Geneva, Akbank Sanat in Istanbul, the Kunstverein Nürnberg and the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.
In addition to her work as a curator and as director of the Crédac, Claire Le Restif’s expertise is solicited for juries. She was a member of the “Art dans la ville” committee in Paris from 2004 to 2008, and a member of the “Jeune création” jury from 2005 to 2015. She was curator for the Altadis prize in Madrid and Paris in 2006, for the “Salon de Montrouge” in 2009 and 2017, and for the Percent for Art public commission in Val-de-Marne since 2007. She was a member of the purchasing committee of the FRAC Bourgogne and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. She is a member of the purchasing committee for the municipal collection of the City of Paris. She is a member of the IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. She is a member of the committee of experts for the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques.
She was president of d.c.a (association for the development of art centres in France) from 2009 to 2012, then vice-president from 2012 to 2014. She fully participated in implementing d.c.a’s two exchange projects with art centre networks abroad: the “Thermostat” project with German Kunstverein in 2010, then the PIANO project with Italian art centres in 2014. She contributed to drafting the first ministerial circular on art centres in 2011.
She lent her support to many French artists very early in their careers: Mathieu Mercier, Didier Marcel, Michel Blazy, Laurent Grasso, Véronique Joumard, Vincent Beaurin, Delphine Coindet, Guillaume Leblon, Gyan Panchal, Vincent Lamouroux, Karina Bisch, Dove Allouche, Stéphane Calais, Laurent Montaron, Katinka Bock, Gyan Panchal and others.
But she has also supported foreign artists like Bojan Sarcevic, Leonor Antunes, Pierre Vadi, Didier Rittener, Ulla von Brandenburg, Peter Coffin, Geert Goiris, Ayse Erkmen, Lara Almarcegui, Mircea Cantor, Nina Canell, Liz Magor, Ana Jotta and Mircea Cantor.
She is very often asked to write texts, the most recent being on Renée Lévi (published by Galerie Bernard Jordan, 2019), Koenraad Dedobbeleer (WIELS contemporary art centre, Brussels, 2018), Boris Achour (Dent-de-Leone, 2018); Alexandra Bircken (l’Officiel Art, Paris, 2017 and Initiales, ENSBA, Lyon, 2018), Bruno Peinado (Éditions Dilecta, Paris, 2017), Dorothy Ianone ( Pleased to meet you fanzine, 2017), Jean-Luc Moulène (Pinault Collection magazine no. 5, 2015) and Friedrich Kunath (Modern Art Oxford and Walther König, 2014).