Laurent Grasso
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    • Laurent Grasso
    • Birthdate: 1972
      Born in France in 1972, Laurent Grasso has developed a fascination with the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves and naturally occurring phenomena. Grasso also explores these sciences as they apply to paranormal activity, a favorite subject of 18th century scientists and philosophers, often used as parlor entertainment during the Victorian era.

      In addition, Grasso uses imagery culled from the cinema and art history and, working in video, sculpture and, most recently, painting and drawing, he recreates phenomena – both human and natural – that set up surreal and ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space. One of his most well known works, Les Oiseaux, depicts a flock of starlings filmed in the dusk sky above Rome. Taken out of its natural context, the flock of birds resembles an ionic particle field, moved as if by unseen magnetic waves. Other works create visual representations of energy and wave movement found in places such as the Very Large Array Observatory in the desert of New Mexico.

      Grasso often intentionally manipulates imagery by imposing unique and unusual perspectives onto his subject matter, thereby subverting the viewer's instinct to accept what they see at face value. A continually shifting viewpoint is at the heart of Grasso's aesthetic sensibility – in Grasso's words, "the idea is to construct a floating viewpoint, thereby creating a discrepancy in relation to reality. We move from one viewpoint to another, and that's also how we manufacture states of consciousness."

      Grasso was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2008 and is the subject of a major monograph – Laurent Grasso: The Black-Body Radiation – published by les presses du réel. Recent solo exhibitions have included The Horn Perspective at the Centre Pompidou andGakona at the Palais de Tokyo, both in Paris, France in 2009. Grasso was also included in 9th Sharjah Biennial and Manifesta 8. For many recent exhibitions, including Portrait of a Young Man at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, URANIBORG at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada and, most recently, Disasters and Miracles at the Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland, Grasso has acted as a co-curator in conjunction with the museums, altering the architecture of the exhibition spaces and merging his works with pieces in the permanent collections of the institutions in order to create a unique and dynamic viewing experience.

      Grasso's US public art debut, Infinite Light, was installed on the exterior of the Hunter College Lexington Avenue pedestrian walkway in New York in 2008. One of Grasso's major architectural installations includes Nomiya (2009 - 2011), the temporary project he designed which was situated on the rooftop of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France.

      Laurent Grasso lives and works in Paris, France.
    • Biography

      2016     Laurent Grasso : Élysée, Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong 

      2015     Laurent Grasso : Soleil Noir, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Tokyo, Japan 

      2014     Laurent Grasso : Soleil Double, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York 

                   Laurent Grasso : Soleil Double, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France 

      2013     Laurent Grasso: Disasters and Miracles, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland 

                   Uraniborg, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada [catalogue] 

                   On Air, Trois Gallery, SCAD, Atlanta, Georgia 

                   Laurent Grasso, Nani Bernardo Luscheschi, Venice, Italy 

      2012     Uraniborg, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France [catalogue] 

                   Future Archeology, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong [catalogue] 

      2011     Laurent Grasso : Portrait of a Young Man, Bass Museum, Miami, Florida 

                   Laurent Grasso, The Black Box Theatre of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. 

                   Nomiya, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

                   1610, Alfonso Artiaco Project Space, Napoli, Italy 

      2010     The Birds, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri 

                   SoundFossil, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York 

                   The Silent Movie, Galerie chez Valentin, Paris, France 

                   Nomiya, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

      2009     Reflections Belong to the Past, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany 

                   The Horn Perspective, Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France 

                   NOMIYA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

                   GAKONA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

                   artLA, Barkar Hanger, Stand Galerie chez Valentin, Santa Monica, California 

      2008     Laurent Grasso, Prefix, Institute of contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada 

                   Infinite light, Bridge of the Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, New York 

                   Neurocinéma, Musée de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France 

                   TimeDust, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France 

                   Lʼatelier dʼhiver de Laurent Grasso, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France 

                   Neurocinéma, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey 

      2007     Electric Palace, Studio 814, New York, New York 

                   2007 Lost, Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques, France 

                   Magnetic palace, IAC, Villeurbanne, France


      2016       The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 

      2015       Political Failure, projection, sign and matter, Valentin, Paris, France 

                     Night Begins the Day : Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San

                     Francisco, California 

                     Little is left to tell (Calvino after Calvino), Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain 

                     Art Fictions, Marseille, France 

                     Invitation au voyage, Prix Marcel Duchamp, Brussels, Belgium 

                     Ars’tronomy, An Odyssey of the Mind, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 

                     Du Paradis à l'Enfer. Tapis volant et drones, Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Belgium

                     Infosphere, ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany 

                     Global Control, ZKM, Center for Art and Media 

                     Là où commence le jour, LaM, Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve, 


                     Le secret de l’État. Surveiller, protéger, Hôtel de Soubise, Paris, France 

                     Sublime, Centre Pompidou Metz, France 

                     Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France 

                     Climats artificiels, Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France 

                     Hemelbestormers, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

                     Explode Every Day : An Inquiry in the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams,


      2014       Les Oiseaux, Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France 

                     Dernières Nouvelles de l'Ether, La Panacée, Montpellier, France 

                     Curiosity : Art, Wonder and the Pleasures of Knowing, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland ; 

                     De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

                     Anatomy of Anxieties, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong 

                     Trame, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy 

                     Toutes Directions : exposition Prix Marcel Duchamp, Musée Wilhelm Hack, Ludwigshafen, Germany

                     A screaming comes across the sky, LABoral centro de arte, Gijón, Spain 

                     GIRL, Galerie Perrotin Salle de Bal, Paris, France 

      2013       Pataphysics: A Theoretical Exhibition, Sean Kelly, New York, New York 

                     On Nature, Sean Kelly, New York, New York      

                     Grasso, Grimonprez, Koh : Three Installations, Sean Kelly, New York, New York 

                     Curiosity: Art & Pleasure of Knowing, Hayward Gallery, London – will travel to Turner 

                     Contemporary, Margate; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin,

                     De Appel, Amsterdam 

                     A Trip to the Moon, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico 

                     Reconnaissance: exploring French territory in recent artist video and film, DIM, The Cinemathèque, 

                     Vancouver, Canada 

                     De leur temps (4), Musée des beaux-arts, Nantes, France 

                     Le Pont, MAC, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, France 

                     Dread, fear in the age of technological acceleration, De Hallen, Haarlem, Pays-Bas 

                     You promised me and you said a lie to me, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

                     Purkinje effect, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France 

                     La quatrième dimension, MAMAC, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France

                     Nuage, Musée Réattu, Arles, France 

                     Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l'art. 1913-2013, Galeries nationales du Grand 

                     Palais, Paris, France 

                     Pensé(z) Cinéma, Abbaye Saint-André - Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France

                     Idea 9, CASA, Oaxaca, Mexico

      2012       Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea 

                     Oh, you mean cellphone and all that crap, Calder Foundation, New York 

                     Howling at the Moon, Dickinson Gallery, New York 

                     Neon, who's afraid of red, yellow and blue? La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris,


                     'Futur Antérieur': Rétrofuturisme/Steampunk/Archéomodernisme, Galerie du jour Agnès b., Paris, 

                     France [Curator: Jean François Sanz] 

                     Project Daejeon 2012: Energy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea 

                     Du soleil dans la nuit, Nuit Blanche 2012, Paris, France. 

                     In the Holocene, MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

      2011       cherries on the boat collection, Fondation Hippocrene, Paris, France 

                     Mémoires du futur, Olbricht Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France 

                     French Art Today: Marcel Duchamp Prize, NMCA, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, 

                     South Korea 

                     French Window: Looking at contemporary Art throught the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art

                     Museum, Tokyo, Japan 

                     Atmosphère, parcours autour des collections de l'Institut d'Art Contemporain, Palais Delphinal, Saint-

                     Donat-sur-l'herbasse, France 

                     Dans le palais de cristal, CA'ASI, Venezia, Italy  

                     Views on politics and poetics, Galerie chez Valentin, Paris, France 

                     Le monochrome sous tension, Tornabuoni Art, Paris, France 

                     Paysages / Films et vidéos, Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen, France 

                     Paysages en mouvement, Aubette, Strasbourg, France

                     2001-2011 : soudain, déjà, ENSBA, Ecole Nationale supérieur des Beaux Art, Paris, France [Curator:

                     Guillaume Désanges] 

                     Le scepticisme du canapé, Art House, Moscow, Russia 

                     Architecture of fear, Z33, House for contemporary art, Hasselt, Belgium 

                     TransLife: The National Art Museum of China Triennial of Media Art, Beijing, China 

                     Small, Medium, Large, Donjon de Vez, Vez, France 

      2010       Memories of the future, Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea 

                     Memories of the future, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York 

                     De leur temps, 10ème anniversaire du Prix Marcel Duchamp, Musée dʼArt Moderne et Contemporain,

                     Strasbourg, France 

                     Workers and philosophers, Business school de Skolkovo, Moscou, Russia 

                     ResPublica, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal 

                     Manifesta 8, Carthagène-Murcie, Spain 

                     XX International Film Forum, Arsenals , Centre culturel français, Riga, Latvia 

                     Satellite, Art 41 Basel, Basel, Switzerland 

                     Manif d'art 5, Québec City Biennial, Quebec, Canada 

                     Transit-Topos, Akbank Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

                     Nomos et Physis, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal, Canada 

                     Cuvée Biennale, Ok Center, Linz, Austria 

                     Magnetic North, Galerie Léonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada 

                     La Tête et les pieds (Projection), MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France 

                     Terra Infirma, ISCP, New York, New York 


                     Dreamlands, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

    • Exhibitions
      • 2015 West Bund
        Sep 8, 2015 -
        Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Jin Shan, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Wang Jiaxue, Xu Bing
        • Art Fair
      • 2014 West Bund Art Fair
        Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Chun Ouyang, Fang Wei, Gang Zhao, Jin Shan, Kendell Geers, Laurent Grasso, Marina Abramović, Matthew Brandt
        • Art Fair
    • Artworks
      • Studies into the past(Comet)

        Painting | oil on wood panel | 50 × 60 cm | 2014

      • Studies into the past-Horn Perspective

        Painting | ink and watercolor on paper | 28.6 × 34.3 cm | 2010

      • Studies into the past-1619

        Painting | ink and watercolor on paper | 48.3 × 54 cm | 2010

      • Studies into the past-Projection

        Painting | ink and watercolor on paper | 31 × 26 cm | 2010

      • Studies into the past