Laurence Aëgerter — Monograph ‘Ici mieux qu’en face’
“At the invitation of the Petit Palais Museum, the artist Laurence Aëgerter has joined the permanent collection of Musée des Beaux-Arts in Paris in fall 2020 with her solo presentation. In situ interventions, unpublished works and existing pieces have merged with the works of the collection, following a common thread that takes the visitor from surprises to magic.
This allows us to bring together and thus correlate, for the first time in a monographic book, several series by Laurence Aëgerter. It is by revealing the reverse side of reality in a gesture of reappropriation that the plastic artist Laurence Aëgerter constructs her stories. The appropriation of this protean material (dictionaries, history books, images from archives or gleaned from the internet works of art, the museum works …) acts on the imagination and opens the way to many experiences: photographs, artist books, installations, tapestries, collaborative projects. The other, a true alter ego, plays a major role in the development of the work.
The book is organized around three major themes that run through her work: the elasticity of time, introduced by Léa Bismuth; upside down, a part introduced by Taco Hidde Bakker; the repair of existences, introduced by Susana Gallego Cuesta.”
22 × 30 cm
150 four-color illustrations
Published by Actes Sud
Edited by Fannie Escoulen
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Authors: Fannie Escoulen, an independent curator since 2014, co-founded Le Bal in Paris and ex-exhibition manager at Magnum from 2004 to 2006. Léa Bismuth, an author and an art critic. Taco Hidde Bakker, a writer and photography critic. Susana Gallego Cuesta, an ex-chief curator of the Petit Palais and a director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy.