Laure Prouvost
© Courtesy the artist and Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris-Bruxelles

Laure Prouvost represents France at the 2019 Venice Biennial

From  11 May 2019  to  24 November 2019
Visual arts
Updated on 21/02/2019

The French Pavilion at the 58th Venice International Art Biennial will be represented by the French artist Laure Prouvost, who chose to partner with curator Martha Kirszenbaum.

Laure Prouvost's project for the French Pavilion will be presented in Venice from 11th May to 24th November 2019.​

The exhibition “Deep see blue surrounding you / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre” revolves around three central thematic points, which are each a reference point for the development of the exhibition. 

Firstly, a reflection on the concepts of generations and identities, of what binds us or moves us away from one another: from oldest to youngest, from neighbour to foreigner. 

Then there will be the idea of disconnection, misunderstanding and misalignment, in particular through the exploration of language and its appropriation or misappropriation. 

Finally, with a tinge of utopia and surrealism, Laure Provost’s project aims to feature an escapist journey, at once tangible and imaginary, to a perfect place. The exhibition is designed as an invitation to melt into a liquid, sprawling universe surrounded by the various unveiled, shared realities which meld there. 

Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost
© Jean Philippe Dordolo

Born in Lille in 1978, Laure Prouvost moved to London in 1999 and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, then at Goldsmiths College.

In 2011, she won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. She was awarded the Turner Prize in 2013.

She is represented by the following galleries: Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), Lisson (London, New York) and Carlier Gebauer (Berlin).

Recent solo exhibitions: Palais de Tokyo (2018); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017) and Miami (2018); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2016); MMK, Frankfurt (2016); Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art (2015).


The French Pavilion at the Venice International Biennials of Art and Architecture is implemented by the Institut français, as an agent for the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. 

The 58th International Art Biennial will be held from 11th May to 24th November 2019 (pre-opening: May 9th and 10th), of which Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery (London), is the lead Curator. 

The selection committee for the artist to represent France in 2019 consisted of:

  • 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, National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM) - Centre Pompidou
  • Sandra Patron, Director of the Regional Museum of Contemporary Art (MRAC), Sérignan
  • Jean-Marc Prévost, Director of the Carré d'Art, Nîmes Museum of Contemporary Art 

  • Annabelle Ténèze, Managing Director of The Abattoirs – Museum, Occitania FRAC Toulouse

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

Pavillon français - Biennale de Venise 2019 © DR
Pavillon français - 58e Biennale internationale d'art de Venise © DR