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Pavillon français - Biennale de Venise 2019
© Martha Kirszenbaum

Laure Prouvost represents France at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

From  11 May 2019  to  24 November 2019
Visual arts
Updated on 16/04/2019

The French artist has been appointed by the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Europe and Foreign affairs and has chosen Martha Kirszenbaum as curator of her project entitled Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre.

The cornerstone of Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre is a fictional film. It takes the form of an initiatory journey filmed over the course of a road trip on horseback through France—from the Parisian suburbs to the northern region, from the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval to the Mediterranean Sea—and, finally, to Venice. A sculptural installation, taking as a metaphorical point the trajectory of the octopus goes beyond the film, transcending out of the realms of the Pavilion and beyond. It uses typical processes of the artist’s practice such as leftover objects from the film, resin, clay, glass, plants or water vapor, and features performances interacting with the architecture and the objects.

Laure Prouvost courtesy de Alexandre Guirkinger
Laure Prouvost
© Alexandre Guirkinger

Laure Prouvost was born in France in 1978, before establishing herself in London, where she received her BFA from Central Saint Martins, in 2002, and studied towards her MFA at Goldsmiths College.

She received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2011) and was awarded the Turner Prize (2013).

Laure Prouvost is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris-Brussels), carlier | gebauer (Berlin), Lisson Gallery (London, New York).

Major solo exhibitions include:MUHKA, Antwerp (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2016); Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2015); New Museum, New York (2014) to name a few.

THE FRENCH PAVILION AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

The French Pavilion at the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions – La Biennale di Venezia is produced by Institut français, in close collaboration with the Ministry for Europe and Foreign affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Ralf Rugoff (director of Hayward gallery, London) will be held from May 11, to November 24, 2019 (pre-opening: May 8 -10).

The selection committee included:

  • Guillaume Désanges, art critic and exhibition curator
  • Gilles Fuchs, President of the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)
  • Christine Macel, Chief Curator at National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM) - Centre Pompidou
  • Sandra Patron, Director of Musée régional d’art contemporain Occitanie /Pyrénées-Méditerranée (Mrac), Sérignan
  • Jean-Marc Prévost, Director of the Carré d'Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes 
  • Annabelle Ténèze, Managing Director of Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie Toulouse

as well as 3 institutional representatives from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Institut français.

 

The French Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is produced by Institut français. The executive production is managed by ARTER.

 

With the support of CHANEL Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture.

And in partnership with ARTER, La Fondation des Artistes; Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie Toulouse; LaM – Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut; Dunes Productions; Cité internationale des arts; Galerie Nathalie Obadia; carlier | gebauer; Lisson Gallery ; The Art Newspaper France.

Laure Prouvost, film still, vid‚éo HD, 2019 © Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost, film still, vid‚éo HD, 2019 © Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost, film still, vidéo HD, 2019 Laure Prouvost, film still, vidéo HD, 2019 © Laure Prouvost
Photographie de plateau, tirage argentique 2019 © Martha Kirszenbaum
Pavillon français - Biennale de Venise 2019 © Laure Prouvost
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Pavillon français - Biennale de Venise 2019 © Martha Kirszenbaum