• LAURENT PERNOT: LIFETIME

    at Château Malromé

     

    From 11 June 2022 until 1 January 2023, Château Malromé in southwestern France will present a series of new works by Laurent Pernot in an exhibition titled Lifetime. The special exhibition invites you to meditate on the fleetingness of time with artworks that speak to the poetry of impermanence. Inspired by the 19th century French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s artistic quest and his brief life, who knew how to exalt the evanescence of bodies and celebrate the present of its time with a great sensitivity, Laurent Pernot summons multiple temporalities to explore these links that unite the present moment, the time of nature and that, halfway, of our human life.

     

    Laurent Pernot (b. 1980) lives and works in Paris. He develops a polymorphic practice that explores the human condition, through the experience of time, language and nature. Meditative and poetic, discreet or sometimes monumental, his artworks pursue the notion of impermanence as well as the paradoxes of memory, often drawn upon history, philosophy, literature or poetry.

  • Installation View

  • About Château Malromé

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

    The Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec in the living room of the Château de Malromé, 1887

    Collection of Musée Toulouse-Lautrec Albi

    About Château Malromé

     

    Château Malromé is located in the commune Saint-André-du-Bois, in Southeast of France. Originially constructed in 16th century, the château was acquired in 1883 by the Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec. Her son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one of the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, often visited the château. It was here that he died aged 35, on 9 September 1901, and he was buried in the nearby cemetery of Verdelais. 

     

    The Malromé Contemporary Art gallery is located on the first floor of the Eastern wing of the Château and covers an area of 230 square meters. Each year, Château Malromé’s program proposes artistic approaches searching for coherence between the Castle’s history and that of its most famous resident.

     

    The exhibition Lifetime by Laurent Pernot resonates today with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's art and philosophy.

  • The Contemplations series

  • The Contemplations is a new series of paintings conceived by Laurent Pernot, in reference to a collection of poems by...

    The Contemplations is a new series of paintings conceived by Laurent Pernot, in reference to a collection of poems by Victor Hugo as well as to a central dimension in the artist's work. Each painting features marble meticulously cut into various shapes, which blends with colors and pictorial gesture, weaving a sensitive relationship between a material dating back millions of years and the paint applied by the artist. The multiple temporalities intermingle and suggest in the whole series a dialogue between the poetics of impermanence and the poetics of atemporality. 

     

    Each image is inspired by a memory, a landscape, a story, a historical artwork or a poem. And several themes are explored such as love, infinity, time, spirituality, mortality, etc., questions of existence specific to the human condition, which cross all generations and the history of art for centuries. The Contemplations is a tribute to memory, to time, to the beauty of nature and more broadly to human destiny.

     

    Apollo & Hyacinth, 2022

    Painting on wood and marble

    60 x 45 cm

    • Laurent Pernot Pompeï, 2022 Painting on wood and marble 60 x 45 cm
      Laurent Pernot
      Pompeï, 2022
      Painting on wood and marble
      60 x 45 cm
    • Laurent Pernot In the bed, 2022 Painting on wood and marble 60 x 45 cm
      Laurent Pernot
      In the bed, 2022
      Painting on wood and marble
      60 x 45 cm
    • Laurent Pernot The gulls, 2022 Painting on wood and marble 60 x 45 cm
      Laurent Pernot
      The gulls, 2022
      Painting on wood and marble
      60 x 45 cm
    • Laurent Pernot Waterlilies, 2022 Painting on wood and marble 60 x 45 cm
      Laurent Pernot
      Waterlilies, 2022
      Painting on wood and marble
      60 x 45 cm
  • The device of fragmentation, as it pertains to our experience of time and memory, is at play in the four...

    The device of fragmentation, as it pertains to our experience of time and memory, is at play in the four meter long sculpture Forever – a ubiquitously employed word in the declaration of affections – which appears to be in a premature state of erosion. The crumbling, yet still legible letters, evoke the persistence of love against the ravages of time. They also bring to mind the 18th century architectural fad for ‘sham ruins’, which appealed to the romantics’ fascination with the past and one’s own mortality. 

     

    Forever, 2021
    Steel, white concrete
    45 x 500 x 60 cm / Weight 200 kg
    Edition of 3 plus 1 AP
    • Laurent Pernot QUAND IL AIME L’HOMME EST UN SOLEIL QUI VOIT (WHEN HE LOVES, MAN IS A SUN WHO SEES, 2021 Neon light 62 x 185 cm Edition of 3 + 2 AP
      Laurent Pernot
      QUAND IL AIME L’HOMME EST UN SOLEIL QUI VOIT (WHEN HE LOVES, MAN IS A SUN WHO SEES, 2021
      Neon light
      62 x 185 cm
      Edition of 3 + 2 AP
    • Laurent Pernot VIVRE, 2012 Wood, mirror, candle 15 x 12 x 10 cm Edition of 15 + 2AP
      Laurent Pernot
      VIVRE, 2012
      Wood, mirror, candle
      15 x 12 x 10 cm
      Edition of 15 + 2AP
  • Laurent Pernot, The Kiss, 2021

    Laurent Pernot

    The Kiss, 2021 Steel, concrete, patina
    70 x 140 x 70 cm, 2 parts
    Each 70 x 70 x 70 cm
    Weight 200 kg
    Edition of 3 + 2 AP
    • Laurent Pernot The Everlasting Nature of Heart, 2021 Plaster, patina, glass, water, lily flower Sculpture 90 x 64 x 45 cm Wooden base 30 x 30 x 112 cm Weight 25 kg Edition of 3 + 2 AP
      Laurent Pernot
      The Everlasting Nature of Heart, 2021
      Plaster, patina, glass, water, lily flower
      Sculpture 90 x 64 x 45 cm
      Wooden base 30 x 30 x 112 cm
      Weight 25 kg
      Edition of 3 + 2 AP
    • Laurent Pernot THE KISS, 2020 Plaster, brass chain, nail 40 x 10 x 8 cm Edition of 300
      Laurent Pernot
      THE KISS, 2020
      Plaster, brass chain, nail
      40 x 10 x 8 cm
      Edition of 300
  • Laurent Pernot, MOVE IN A STRAIGHT LINE IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING, AS LONG AS IT MOVES, MOVES IN A...

    Laurent Pernot

    MOVE IN A STRAIGHT LINE IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING, AS LONG AS IT MOVES, MOVES IN A CYCLIC ORDER, 2015 Installation of 1200 photographs and framing
    Found photographs, partially or totally erased by the artist
    Variable dimensions
    Unique
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    I often work on the basis of philosophical and historical research rooted in existential concerns and personal feelings, which I will then try to translate into a contemplative and poetic experience. Because poetry has no homeland, no language, no borders.  Because there is no human without the ability to feel poetry.

     

    — Laurent Pernot

    • Laurent Pernot THE UNCERTAINTY OF STARS, 2007 Video projection on a screen of silk threads 8 minutes in loop, silent Projecting screen 250 x 250 cm Edition of 5 + 2 AP
      Laurent Pernot
      THE UNCERTAINTY OF STARS, 2007
      Video projection on a screen of silk threads
      8 minutes in loop, silent
      Projecting screen 250 x 250 cm
      Edition of 5 + 2 AP
    • Laurent Pernot JOUR DE FÊTE, 2022 5000 confettis of painted stainless steel Floor installation, dimensions variable Unique
      Laurent Pernot
      JOUR DE FÊTE, 2022
      5000 confettis of painted stainless steel
      Floor installation, dimensions variable
      Unique
    • Laurent Pernot Celebrations, 2021 Acrylic on canvas Each 27 x 22 cm
      Laurent Pernot
      Celebrations, 2021
      Acrylic on canvas
      Each 27 x 22 cm
    • Laurent Pernot L’INSTANT D’UNE VIE, 2022 50 Photographies printed on newspaper 48 x 68 cm Edition of 5 + 2 AP
      Laurent Pernot
      L’INSTANT D’UNE VIE, 2022
      50 Photographies printed on newspaper
      48 x 68 cm
      Edition of 5 + 2 AP
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