The incomplete is a constant of my work, because I think that we are all fragments of a whole: at the same time, we are part of a past and of a future.”


Marie Orensanz began her artistic career studying painting with two of the foundational artists of Argentine Modernism: Emilio Pettoruti and Antonio Seguí. An active member of the art scene in Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s, she participated in the exhibitions and cultural activities organized by the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and she was involved with the Centro de Arte y Comunicación. In 1972, she moved to Milan. The proximity to Carrara and its marble quarries sparked her early production in stone. She has continued to work with fragments of marble, making them into books and sculptures, since the 1970s. Christina M. Harrison writes, “Orensanz uses material and symbolic fragments—of marble, of line, of signs—to represent thoughts. … An interpretation of the work, in Orensanz’s conception, depends on the intersection of the fragments with the viewer’s own thoughts and experiences.”

In 1975, Orensanz moved to Paris, eventually becoming a naturalized French citizen. Three years later, she wrote a “Manifesto of Fragmentism,” in which she outlined the conceptual basis of her works, many of which are deeply informed by the practice of drawing. Written in Spanish, English, and French, the Manifesto reads: “Fragmentism searches for integration of a part with a totality; transforms by multiple readings in an object non-terminate and unlimited, traversing time and space.”

Since the mid-1980s, Orensanz has completed several public works, including installations at Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, the Lycée Blanc-Mesnil in Paris, the Universidad San Martín in Buenos Aires, and the Musée National des Sciences, des Techniques et des Industries in Paris.


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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015:Marie Orensanz: ...A Path to Share..., Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2012: la indiferencia, installation, Centro Cultural de la Memoria H. Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010: Marie Orensanz, Maison Amerique Latine, Paris, France

2007:hablamos…, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Argentina

Marie Orensanz (retrospective), Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Argentina

2005: Marie Orensanz, Distintas formas… y un mismo pensamiento, Complejo Cultural Santa Cruz, Río Gallegos, Argentina

2003: Marie Orensanz. Variaciones sobre un mismo tema, Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan B. Castagnino, Rosario, Argentina

Marie Orensanz. Esperando una nueva primavera, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2002: Marie Orensanz. Para quién?… suenan las campanas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2000: Marie Orensanz. Las Hojas de la Vida. Las Venas de la Tierra, Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia

1999: Camino de artista, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Argentina

1998: Marie Orensanz. Las hojas de la vida, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1995:Espacio-tiempo, Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1994:Adonde va… el camino, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Bueno Aires, Argentina

  Orensanz’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Marked Pages, Sicardi Gallery (2006); Motivos Personales, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Argentina (2006); Objeto y representación, Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino, Mar del Plata, Argentina (2005); and Re-Aligning Vision: Alternative Currents in South American Drawing, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (1997), among many others.

Selected Public Collections

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Bremen Museum, Germany

Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Centro de Documentación de Arte Actual, Barcelona, Spain

Centro de Multimedia Internacional, São Paulo, Brazil

Centrum für Kunst, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Colección Banco Velox, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Colección Cancillería Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fondation Camille, Paris, France

Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Fondo Nacional de las Artes,  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Maison du Livre de l'image et du son, Ville de Villeurbanne, France

M2A2 Musée Martiniquais des Arts des Amériques, Le Lamentin, Martinique

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano Contemporáneo de Managua, Nicaragua

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Rosario, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Marcos Curi, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina