Solo show of Laurence Aëgerter at Petit Palais
Ici mieux qu’en face (Here better than across)
6 October 2020 – 9 May 2021
Since her childhood, Laurence Aëgerter has cultivated a passion for paintings and antiques, encyclopedias and practical manuals, museum catalogs, and images. In 1993, she left France for the Netherlands, where she has lived and worked ever since, to pursue studies in art history and later, the visual arts. Fascinated by masterpieces, as well as the smallest everyday objects, she relentlessly marvels at the beauty of things and the infinity of their perceptions.
Aëgerter has made a proposal to Petit Palais that reflects her insatiable curiosity for space with which she has maintained a visual, sensitive and poetic correspondence for over two years. Ici mieux qu’en face is an exhibition highlighting the different works of art in the museum’s rooms. The devices Laurence imagines are fuelled by the desire for escape. Photographs, tapestries, ceramics, installations… 50 artworks that fit the Petit Palais, resonating with other works of the museum’s collection and offering an exclusive getaway, between illusion and reality, as inspired by mirror or trompe-l’oeil. Aëgerter constructs stories and her scenarios provoke collisions and shifts, where chance and imagination invite themselves to the table of creation.
Inspired by both its architecture and its collections, the exhibition weaves its way from room to room and into the garden, inventing disturbing and stimulating resonances with the works. Touched by their grace but also their fragility, Laurence Aëgerter attempts to take care of these sleeping objects and to offer them a new life.
The permanence of memory, the passage of time, and the precariousness of human lives recur throughout Laurence’s work. As if to better exorcise these themes, she devises a joyful promenade that plays with superimpositions, duplications, and metamorphoses. Another unmissable work is Confetti, made of 58,038 photographs she had on her phone, and each one of them reduced to the size of a piece of confetti. The photographs, sculptures, and textile works that she creates are proof that it is possible to play with the ghosts of our past. In this unexpected journey, Laurence Aëgerter accompanies us across several centuries of art history and reinvents the museum by infusing it with a breath of new life.
Curated by Fannie Escoulen (guest curator), Susana Gállego Cuesta, Christophe Leribault and Clara Roca (Petit Palais curators)
This exhibition was produced thanks to the Mondriaan Fund
Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris
Tues – Sun, 10 am – 6 pm