Laure Prouvost: And she will say: hi her, ailleurs, to higher grounds...

Laure Prouvost: And she will say: hi her, ailleurs, to higher grounds...

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Design: Bardhi Haliti.

October 24, 2016
Laure Prouvost
And she will say: hi her, ailleurs, to higher grounds...
October 29, 2016–February 12, 2017
Opening: October 28, 6:30–10pm
Kunstmuseum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
6002 Luzern
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Wednesday 11am–8pm

T +41 41 226 78 00

The Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost (*1978) is a wonderful story-teller who seduces her audiences by means of supposedly aesthetically amateurish material, sound and imagination. Her installations combine video, everyday objects, ceramics or painting with architecture, linking truth and poetry to create an idiosyncratic reality: was Laure Prouvost’s grandfather really a concept artist whose last work—a tunnel from Europe to Africa which he dug himself by hand—remained unfinished because her grandfather also got lost in it himself?

The Kunstmuseum Luzern is the third and last stop for this solo exhibition, and to an extent it is also the high point, as Prouvost sees this tour as a process of growth that culminates in Luzern. While Laure Prouvost enabled the public at the Le Consortium / FRAC Bourgogne in Dijon to venture into the underground, and at the MMK Museum für moderne Kunst in Frankfurt took them through the earth, in Luzern she lets them rise to the earth’s surface again, to the light—in accordance with the fourth floor, where the rooms of the exhibition are located. Laure Prouvost understands Jean Nouvel’s building as a labyrinth through which the artist forges her own path to the light—so that the exhibition becomes a total physical experience.

On entering the exhibition rooms visitors are welcomed with a drink to the artist’s narrative universe. The individual works of art are linked by a loose narrative surrounding her lost grandfather and the search for him. In the installation Maquette for Grand Dad’s Visitor Center (2014), for example, visitors can contribute a design for her grandfather’s memorial site, the tapestry woven by her grandmother Behind the lobby doors, the pepper is in the right eye (2016) shows the future façade of that Center, while the installation Grand Ma’s Dream (2013) tells us about her grandmother’s worries and dreams. Along the path to the light visitors can also discover important works like Wantee (Tate Britain, 2013 Turner Prize) and After, After (Lyon Biennale, 2013). If it was (2015, last shown at the Haus der Kunst in Munich) imagines a strange and wonderfully whimsical museum very much to the artist’s liking where the audience walks on a freshly kissed floor and is first given a neck rub. Volcano Paradise (2016), a huge upside-down volcano that Laure Prouvost developed specially for the Kunstmuseum, is the culmination of the exhibition. Once you reach the crater, the paradise with its palm trees, benches and bird-song lures visitors to stay a while.

Prouvost’s narratives are seductive labyrinths, her installations marked both by a great light­ness, they are humorous and altogether sensual in their rich detail. But be careful: anyone who gets involved in her stories may never find their way out again…

Curator: Fanni Fetzer, Director Kunstmuseum Luzern



Talk in the exhibition
October 29, 4–5pm
The artist Laure Prouvost in conversation with Fanni Fetzer, curator of the exhibition

Encounters with art works
December 4, 11am–12pm
The curator of the collection, Heinz Stahlhut, discusses a work from Laure Prouvost

Guided tour with the curator
December 7, 6–7pm
Guided tour with Fanni Fetzer

In collaboration with:
Le Consortium, Dijon
Dropped here and then, to live, leave it all behind
June 25–September 25, 2016

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
All behind, we'll go deeper deepdown and she will say:
September 3–November 6, 2016

Exhibition design: Diogo Passarinho

With the support of: Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

Thanks: Gallery carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Gallery Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels

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