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Nicolas Party was born in Switzerland in 1980. He lives and works in New York.

Nicolas Party revises art history by communicating through his own language of recurring motifs of still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture in his paintings, drawings, and installations. Utilizing canonical forms and classical mediums in contemporary and sometimes ephemeral ways, as in his drawings and paintings directly on the walls, his practice challenges hierarchies and suggests a universal art which defies the aura of time.


selected museum exhibitions

Party’s recent solo exhibitions include nicolas party: triptych, museo poldi pezzoli, milano (2022); Rovine, masi lugano (2021); boilly, le consortium, dijon (2021); Nicolas Party: Pastel, Curated by Nicolas Party, The Flag Art Foundation, New York (2019); Arches, M WOODS, Beijing, China (2018-2019); Magritte Parti, Magritte Museum, Brussels (2018); Nicolas Party: Speakers, Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom (2017); Sunrise, Sunset, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (2016); Three Elephant’s Day, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2014); Landscape, Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2014); Still Life, Stones and Elephants, Swiss Institute, New York (2012); among others.

Nicolas Party’s work was part of The Biennial of Painting, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2018).

His work has been featured in numerous international group exhibitions at venues including FRAC Lorraine, Metz; Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Himalayas Museum, Shanghai; Museum Folkwang, Essen; among many others.


public collections

Nicolas Party’s work is included in the collections of Albright-knox art gallery, buffalo; hIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Julius, Washington; julius baer art collection; JUPITER ARTLAND, scotland; K11 ART FOUNDATION, Hong Kong; LONG MUSEUM, Shanghai; Los Angeles COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (lacma), Los Angeles; fondation louis vuitton, Paris; marciano art foundation, Los Angeles; the menil collection, Houston; museum of fine arts, houston; Phoenix art museum, phoenix; David Roberts art foundation, London; museum folkwang, essen; royal museum of fine arts of Belgium, brussels; sifang art museum, nanjing; kunsthall stavanger; kunsthaus zurich; masi lugano; migros museum für gegenwartskunst, zurich; mwoods, beijing; westfälischer kunstverein, munster; hammer museum, los angeles; fiorucci art trust, London; fondazione fiera Milano, Milan; fondazione sandretto re rebaudengo, turin; roche art collections; rubell family collection, miami; swiss re art collection; ubs art collection and Zurich insurance art collection.


shows at kaufmann repetto

Pietra Dura, 2018, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
Snails’ Chapel, 2015, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan
two naked women, 2015, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

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Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne) lives and works in New York.


Selected solo exhibitions


Effetto Notte: Day for Night Aïshti Foundation, Palazzo Barberini, Rome
seahorse, kaufmann repetto, Milan

when tomorrow comes, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
swamp, hauser & wirth, new york
Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera, The Frick Collection, New York
Cretaceous, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Cascade, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

nicolas party: triptych, poldi pezzoli museum, milan
L’heure mauve, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

State Fright, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
boilly, Consortium, Dijon
rovine, MASI, Lugano
Heads and Caves, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland

Nicolas Party: Sottobosco, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles

Grotto, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Nicolas Party: Pastel, curated by Nicolas Party, The Flag Art Foundation, New York
Nicolas Party: Marble Ghosts, curated by Dodie Kazanjian, Marble House, Newport Mansions

Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich Musée Magritte, Brussels
Pietra Dura, kaufmann repetto, Milan

Nicolas Party: Speakers, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
Dinner for 24 Sheep, The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Pastel, Karma Gallery, New York
Sunrise, Sunset, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
Three Seasons, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

Nicolas Party in the Garden Room, Palazzo Antinori, Florence
Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Three Cats, The Modern Institute, 3 Aird’s Lane, Glasgow
Nicolas Party: Pathway, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Dallas
Cimaise, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel – CAN, Neuchâtel
Sorcières et escargots, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, CAN: Centre d’art Neuchâtel (with Jesse Wine) The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Mezzotint, Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow

Snails’ Chapel, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Snails in Notting Hill, RISE Projects, London (with Jesse Wine)
Panorama, SALT, Basel
Decorative Shelter, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Boys and Pastel, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Two Naked Women, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Pastel et nu, Centre Culturel Suisse de Paris, Paris

Trunks and Faces, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Muenster
Three Elephant’s Day, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Landscape, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
Pastel, Gregor Staiger, Zurich
Carrot Stairs, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (Permanent Commission)

Still Life oil paintings and Landscape watercolours, The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow
Nicolas Party “Cully Jazz”, Davel 14, Cully

Dinner for 24 Dogs, Salon 94 Freemans, New York
Still Lifes and Big Naked Women, Gregor Staiger, Zurich
Still Life, Stones and Elephants, Swiss Institute, New York

Charlotte with Stephane Devidal, Doll Espace D’Art Contemporain, Lausanne
Still Life, Gold and Peeling Paint, Remap 3, Athens
Dinner for 24 Elephants, Upstairs at The Modern Institute Osborne Street, Glasgow
Elephants at the Woodmill, The Woodmill, London

Elephants, spoons and sausage rolls, Le Rez de Chaussee, Glasgow
New Work Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Teapots and Sausages, Intermedia, Glasgow
Teapots, Bread and Sausages, La Placette, Lausanne


Selected group exhibitions

Apropos Hodler, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Exemplary Modern: Sophie Taeuber-Arp with Contemporary Artists, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
Wishing Well, Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
X Pink 101, X Museum, Beijing
REVIVAL I – XVIIIe siècle, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva
Dix and the Present, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Shanshui: Echoes and Signals, M+, Hong Kong

Artists inspired by music: interscope reimagined, LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of ArtArt, Los Angeles
To be a giant and keep quiet about it, Margot Samel, New York
Pictus Porrectus: Reconsidering the Full-Length Portrait, Art & Newport,
Isaac Bell House, Newport
For Keeps: Selected Parkett Editions 1984-2017, David Zwirner, New York,
Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes, Acquavella Galleries, Palm Beach; New York
The Natural World: Part 1, Alexander Berggruen, New York

Museum for Preventive Imagination, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome
Hans Emmenegger Retrospective, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lusanne
and I will wear you in my heart of heart, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
ARTFLYER, The Tenth Anniversary, Athens
Eau de Vallotton, Tif Sigfrids, New York
Alemanach, Le Consortium, Dijon
yes. this is how we pierce the vault of heaven, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zürich

(nothing but) flowers, karma, new york
Schall und Rauch
, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich
Biennale Gherdëina, Ortisei
Collective Care: A House With Many Guests, M WOODS, Beijing
Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, Milan
al filo de la navaja, museo jumex, mexico city
Figures and Faces, McCabe Exhibitions, New York

Splendeurs du Pastel de la Renaissance à nos Jours, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne
You Remind Me of Someone, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz

La Vie simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles

Surreal, König Galerie, Berlin
These Strangers…Painting and People, S.M.A.K, Ghent
I still believe in miracles, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Full House, Shanaynay, Paris
Tiger Tiger, Salon 94, New York
STILL LIFE Remix, Antinori del Chianti Classico, Cantina del Bergino, Florence
Current Contemporary Art from Scotland, Himalayas Museum, Shaghai

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
I’m So Green, Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne

/prospekt/ Funktion / Disfunktion – Kunstzentrum Glasgow, Neues Museum, Nürnberg
Uri Aran, JWDB, Nicolas Party, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
40/40, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
Just What Is Not Is Possible, Museum Folkwang, Essen
IHRE GESCHICHTE(N), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
157 Days of Sunshine, The Bothy Project at the Walled Garden, Glasgow

CARPETS OF DISTINCTION, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
The Best of Times, Gregor Staiger, Zurich
Allez-y, R4, Ile Seguin, Paris
Arrives In Starting with Stephane Devidal, The Duchy Gallery, Glasgow Independent, New York

Painting Show’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, curated by Sophie von Hellerman & Gavin Wade
Poster Club, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Poster Chaud, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
Blueprint for a Bogey, GOMA, Glasgow
Draw in, Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh
Elephants at The Royal Standard, The Royal Standard, Liverpool

Air de jeux, Le Quartier Centre d’Art Contemporain, Quimper
Interference with twigs, Mary Mary, Glasgow
Kiss of death, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
The Show in the Shoe, Temporary Space, Glasgow

Gazing Ball
, Project Room, Glasgow
MFA Show, Tramway, Glasgow
Set up and go, APS Artnews project + Twinspace, Berlin
The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution, with Shelly Nadashi and Kate V Robertson, Plateaux Festival Mousonturm, Frankfurt
The Complete World History of Terrorism as it is Known Today + Solution, with Shelly Nadashi and Kate V Robertson Arsenic, Lausanne, festival Les Urbain, Arsenic, Lausanne

Fertiles differences, Galerie Analix, Geneva
Royal Scottish Academy exhibition, RSA, Edinburgh
Swiss Art Award, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Messe, Basel
Unter < 30, Kunstalle, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal,Ligenthalle, Switzerland

Blakadama, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Ford, Geneva
Les Urbaines, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Docks, Lausanne
OB zine, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Ford, Geneva Swiss art award, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Messe, Basel
Unter < 30, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Centre Pasquart, Bienne
Wunder stanza, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Ford, Geneva

Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne
Blakam madame 2, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne
Mini golf, with Charlotte Herzig and Stéphane Devidal, Circuit, Lausanne
Viper Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

Elle procure des plaisirs qui n’ont rien à voir avec le plai sir de se gratter, La Rusille, Vallorbe
Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations, Park Tower Hall, Tokyo
Swiss Videolandscape Today | lopped sensations, Goethe-Institute, Kyoto

Cinquième partie, Arsenic, Lausanne

Désire Design, Mudac, Lausanne
MediaSpace Suiza, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
Viper Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

Viper 22 replay 2,, Basel



2007 – 2009 MA Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2001 – 2004 BA Fine Art, Lausanne School of Art, Lausanne


selected public collections

Buffalo Akg Art Museum, Buffalo
Charles Riva Collection, Brussels
David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Fiorucci Art Trust, London
Fondazione Fiera Milano, Milan
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, d.c.
Julius Baer Art Collection
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Kunsthall Stavanger
Kunsthaus Zurich
Le Consortium, Dijon
Long Museum, Shanghai
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Masahiro Maki Foundation, Tokyo
The Menil Collection, Houston
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Museo d’Arte della Svizzera taliana (Masi), Lugano
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Mwoods, Beijing
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Roche Art Collections, Basel
Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
Swiss Re Art Collection
Ubs Art Collection
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster
Zurich Insurance Art Collection, Zurich



Party was awarded the Rx Inspiration Award in 2019, and the Swiss Art Award, Messe, Basel, Switzerland in 2008.

architectural digest, 2024

nuvo, 2022

artnet, 2022

forbes, 2022

bomb, 2020

Hyperallergic, 2019

la weekly, 2019

vogue Italia, 2019

parkett, 2017

Mousse, 2016

frieze, 2015

la repubblica, 2015

Spike44, 2015

Art Agenda, 2015