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Matthieu Laurette

01 Nov - 20 Dec 2008

© Peter Webber
Girl with a Pearl Earring
"Artists' Biopic Cinema"

2008-11-01 until 2008-12-20

A solo exhibition of new work by French artist Matthieu Laurette. Laurette established himself in the 1990’s with his exploration of the relationships between art, spectacle, media and economy using a variety of media, from TV and video to installation and public interventions. For the exhibition ARTISTS’ BIOPIC CINEMA, Laurette questions the representation of the artist in Hollywood and art house movies which are placing emphasis on the allegory of the artist as a temperamental genius, free from the constraints of society, which continues to capture the imagination of Western culture. By transforming all 6 gallery spaces into mini cinemas, Laurette presents the mythologised life of the artist by screening 18 specifically chosen feature films daily.The films offer an insight into the fictionalized lives of famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali to name but a few. Visitors are given an excellent opportunity to observe ways in which the film industry cultivates, feeds and perpetuates the myth of the artist-genius.
Matthieu Laurette (born 1970, Villeneuve St Georges, France) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent selected exhibitions and projects include I Am An Artist, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris (2008) [Solo]; Beyond Paradise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2008); EXHIBITION NON STOP: A One Year Solo Show, Blow de la Barra, London (2008) [Solo]; Real Estate, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem (2007) [Solo]; MediaScope: An Evening With Matthieu Laurette, MoMA, New York (2007); Let's Make Lots of Money, Blow de la Barra, London (2006) [Solo]; Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); Video: An Art, A History, 1965-2005, New Media Collection, Centre Pompidou, Miami Art Central, Miami (2006); Day Labor, PS1/MoMA, N.Y (2005); Populism, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania; Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005); The Today Show, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris (2005) [Solo]; Superstars: Celebrity Factor in Art from Warhol to Madonna, Kunsthalle & Kunstforum, Vienna (2005); Comodities, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem (2004) [Solo]; Biennale de Pontevedra, Pontevedra (2004); Matthieu Laurette : Prix Ricard S.A. 2003, MNAMCentre Pompidou, Paris (2004) [Solo]; Publicness, ICA, London (2003); GNS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003); Less Ordinary, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2002); Art and Economy, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2002); Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2001); Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale (2001).

Tags: Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Matthieu Laurette, Andy Warhol