Vanessa Beecroft (b. Genoa,1969) has shown her work internationally since 1993, and since then has shaped performance art, the representation of the female body, and sociopolitical discussions of art. Beecroft’s performances (titled VB, followed by the number), which have been an ongoing practice for over twenty-five years, have been presented in many of the world’s preeminent museums and major contemporary events. The performances often highlight the tensions between nakedness and clothing, constraint and freedom, the collective and the individual, and human strength and weakness.


Vanessa Beecroft was one of the first artists to collaborate with fashion brands, starting in the 1990s, and since 2009 has collaborated extensively with musician and producer Kanye West. Now belonging to popular culture as well as the contemporary art canon, her work also manifests a deep dialogue with the history of art and traditions of representation in Europe and of many of the world’s cultures. She is also a keen practitioner of photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture, using each medium to present perspectives on the body, as she brings Renaissance influences together with modern forms of representation. Her art is a passionate field of experimentation, rooted in history, evolving according to its own rules, and expanding into the world where it takes on many philosophical and political tones to question the significance of our existence as human beings.


According to gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, “Vanessa Beecroft is one of the rare artists who invented a new way to make a work of art. Ninety-nine percent of artists are treading ground that’s already well established, they are making small innovations, and then there are very rare artists who come up with a whole new concept of how to make a work of art and expand our sense of what a work of art can be. Vanessa Beecroft has done that.”

Exhibitions and Performances

2022
Glasstress

Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Murano

2022
Marble

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Alborg, Denmark

2022
Canova: Innocence and Sin

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rovereto, Italy

2021
Simon De Pury Virtual Exhibition
2021
Vanessa Beecroft

Pio Pico, Los Angeles

2021
Sized Exhibition

Los Angeles, California

2021
Vanessa Beecroft

Four Seasons Hotel, Milan, Italy

2020
Extraordinaire

Lausanne, Switzerland

2020
Nino Mier Gallery

Los Angeles, California

2020
L.A. Wilding Cran

Los Angeles, California

2019
Mary Opera by Kanye West

Lincoln Center, New York

2019
Mary Opera by Kanye West

Art Basel, Miami

2019
Nebuchadnezzar Opera by Kanye West

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

2019
VB88

Lot 11 Skatepark, Miami

2019
VB87, Moncler

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan

2019
Vanessa Beecroft

Pio Pico, Los Angeles

2019
Fundación de artistas

Merida, Mexico

2019
People, Jeffrey Deitch

Los Angeles

2017
Vanessa Beecroft

Pio Pico, Los Angeles

2017
VB84, Firenze Suona Contemporanea

Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence

2017
VB83

Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

2017
VB82

Certosa di San Lorenzo, Padula, Italy

2016
Vanessa Beecroft Polaroids 1993 – 2016

Photo Vogue Festival, Palazzo Reale, Milan

2016
VB79

The New York Academy of Arts, New York

2016
VB78

PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan

2016
VB77, Yeezy 3, collaboration with Kanye West

Madison Square Garden, New York

2015
56th Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy

2015
Expo 2015

Milan, Italy

2014
Eco e Narciso

MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome

2014
Art Basel

Miami, Florida

2014
VB74

MAXXI National Museum of 21-Century Arts, Rome

2013
VB72, Art Basel

Miami, Florida

2011
VB70

Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

2010
VB68

MMK, Frankfurt

2010
VB66

Mercato Ittico, Naples

2009
VB65

PAC, Milan

2008
VB62, Spasimo

Palermo, Italy

2007
VB61

Pescheria di Rialto, Venice

2007
VB60

Gana Art Gallery, Seoul

2006
VB59

The National Gallery, London

2005
VB55

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2005
VB56, LVMH

Louis Vuitton Store, Champs-Elysees, Paris

2004
VB54

Terminal 5, JFK International Airport, New York

2003
VB52

Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

2002
VB50

25a Bienal de São Paulo

2001
VB48

Palazzo Ducale, Genoa

2001
VB47

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

2001
VB46

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

2000
VB42

Whitney Biennial, New York

1998
VB35

391; Guggenheim Museum, New York

1997
VB33

ICA, London

1997
VB28

47th Venice Biennale, Venice

1997
VB26

Lia Rumma, Naples

1996
VB23

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

1996
VB19

The Renaissance Society, Chicago

1996
VB17

Deste Foundation, Athens

1996
VB16

Deitch Projects, New York

1995
VB11

Galerie Analix, Geneva

1994
VB09

Schipper & Krome, Cologne

1994
VB08

MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City

1994
VB07

Andrea Rosen, New York

1994
VB03

Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan

1993
VB01

Galleria Inga-Pin, Milan

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