October 18, 2016 - Pirelli HangarBicocca - Laure Prouvost: GDM—Grand Dad's Visitor Center
October 18, 2016

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Laure Prouvost, Wantee (still), 2013. Video, color, sound, 14:24 minutes. Courtesy of the artist; carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Galérie Nathalie Obadia, Paris.


Laure Prouvost
GDM—Grand Dad's Visitor Center
October 19, 2016–April 9, 2017

Opening: October 18, 7–11:55pm

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Via Chiese, 2
20126 Milan
Hours: Thursday–Sunday 10am–10pm

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"GDM—Grand Dad’s Visitor Center is a handmade museum constructed by my grandmother in eloge of her artist husband, my granddad, long lost in a tunnel, his last conceptual piece."
–Laure Prouvost

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents Laure Prouvost’s solo exhibition GDM—Grand Dad’s Visitor Center, one of her most ambitious projects: a Gesamtkunstwerk that incorporates syncopated videos, large-scale installations, light and sound, in an outpouring of images and words that stretch the boundaries of the imagination.

The exhibition, curated by Roberta Tenconi, is conceived as a museum where viewers wander through the dreamlike spaces and disconcerting scenes of a handmade visitor center dedicated to the artist’s grandfather, a conceptual artist and a central figure in Laure Prouvost’s artistic practice. The structure of the Visitor Center is the result of an ongoing process in which architecture and content integrate with one another, providing an ironic take on the sensational museum buildings.

GDM—Grand Dad’s Visitor Center unfolds through disorienting spaces and paradoxical settings: mirrored walls and surfaces, tilted and angular rooms, dark and twisting corridors, an area where tea is served and a karaoke zone. The exhibition alternates images and written words, moments of contemplation and outbursts of euphoria, in an entrancing journey that draws visitors in and demands their total engagement.

For this occasion Laure Prouvost presents over 15 works, including If It Was (2015), an ironic inquiry into the very meaning of museums, as places meant to preserve artworks for the future; The Artist (2010), where Prouvost introduces the figure of the grandfather into her work; the work which won the Turner Prize, Wantee (2013), from which the idea of the Visitor Center took shape; as well as The Wanderer (God First Hairdresser/Gossip Sequence), an installation that meticulously recreates the setting of a hair salon.

Laure Prouvost’s work ranges between different systems of representation, alternating fiction, surreal, and an imaginary, dreamlike world with everyday life and human perceptions. Realized through drastic cuts and changes-of-scene, and edited using the artist’s voice as narration, Prouvost’s videos exasperate the techniques of amateur video making—immediate and captivating—detaching from a conventional narrative structure. The artist’s imaginative exploration draws on ad slogans, musical hits, TV series and web platforms like YouTube, reflecting global contemporary culture. Recurring themes and motifs in Laure Prouvost’s work include the transformation and reversal of meanings, the adaptation of text into image, and the transposition of film into sculpture, as well as a deliberated disjointed communication generated by the translation and mistranslation of feelings, actions and languages.

Through her works Laure Prouvost suggests and engages many of the visitor’s senses, such as smell and taste, working to broaden the imagination. Questioning stereotypes, Prouvost calls into question the role of the artist as well as the very idea of museum.


Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost (b. 1968 in Yeovil, France) is based between Aruba and London. She was awarded the Turner Prize and the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2013, and has exhibited her work at art institutions around the world, including: Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015); New Museum, New York (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Tate Britain, London (2013).

In addition to her solo show at Pirelli HangarBicocca, in 2016 she is presenting a three-stage exhibition at Le Consortium, Dijon (June–September 2016); MMK, Frankfurt (September–November 2016); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (October 2016–February 2017).

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