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

Graduated from Le Fresnoy national studio of contemporary arts, Laurent Pernot has developed a polymorphous practice that explores human nature through the experience of time and memory. Contemplative and universal, discreet or sometimes spectacular, his artworks allude to a sense of timelessness through intricacies between the past, the contemporary and the future. His research draws as much from history and philosophy as from references to literature and poetry. The interactions between man and nature, memory and oblivion, the ephemeral and the eternal, or more recently human history and love, are among his major themes.


His work has notably been exhibited at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona, the Sketch Gallery in London, the Long Museum in Shanghai, the MMOMA in Moscow, the São Paulo Biennial, and in France at the Louis Vuitton Cultural space, the Palais de Tokyo, the Maison Rouge, the Georges Pompidou Center, the Delacroix museum, the MAC VAL, the Pommery domain, and the Voyage à Nantes, among others. Laurent Pernot has been commissioned for several public works and received the prestigious SAM Prize for Contemporary Art in 2010. He is represented in museums, foundations and private collections around the world.


Born in 1980, France

Lives and works in Paris, France




2004 Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing
2002 Master’s Degree in Photography & Multimedia, University Paris VIII


Solo Exhibitions



Galerie Marguo, ‘We are miserable, but love, suddenly, saves us’, Paris, France

Château Malromé, ‘The Moment of a lifetime’, Saint-André-du-Bois, France


Jardin Beltrame & Galerie Marguo, ‘Antinoüs, Antinoüs’ Paris, France

RX Gallery, 4+4 project, ‘Compared with one moment of love’, Paris, France


Pavillon Vendôme, ‘I am looking for a place where nobody ever dies’, Aix-en-Provence,  France

2019 Espace 36, ‘Titans’, Saint-Omer, France

Le Point Commun, ‘On Earth’, Annecy, France

  Place Royale, Le Voyage à Nantes, ‘The land where the trees dream’, Nantes, France
  Passage Sainte Croix, ‘No rose for the infinite’, Nantes, France
2016 Odile Ouizeman Gallery, ‘The Hope that still remains’, Paris, France
2015 MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art, ‘A Fraction of infinity’, Moscow, Russia
2014 Centre Pompidou, space 13/16, ‘In the spotlights’, Paris, France
2013 La Filature, ‘Light Year’, Mulhouse, France
  Palace Sidi Mohammed Ben Youssef, Fez, Morocco
2012 Centre d’Art Bastille, ‘Where the ghosts are born’, Grenoble, France
  Mandet Museum, ‘Intermittent memory’, Riom, France
  Palais Jacques Coeur, ‘Phenomena’, Bourges, France
  Galerie Odile Ouizeman, ‘Le Procès du Singe’, Paris, France 
2011 Palais de Tokyo, ‘Rush to perdition’, Paris, France
  National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia
  Krasnoïé Znamia, ‘Lux’, St Petersbourg, Russia 
2010 Lux Scène Nationale, ‘The survival of fireflies’, Valence, France
  Attrape-couleurs, ‘Dark matter’, Lyon, France
2009 Palacio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2008 Odile Ouizeman Gallery, ‘The sky’s turned black’, Paris, France
2007 Sketch Gallery, London, England
  1aspace, ‘Beyond miracles’, Hong Kong, China
2006 Alvar Aalto Museum, ‘Particles’, Jyväskylä, Finland
2005  Miro Foundation, Espai 13, ‘Once upon a time’, Barcelona, Spain
2004 Interxcross Creative Center, ‘Don’t close your eyes’, Sapporo, Japan


Group Exhibitions


2022 Musée Mandet, ‘Le Grand Tour’, Riom, France
  Fondation La Ruche-Seydoux, ‘Laniakea’, Paris, France
  Musée-Château, ‘Le Temps Suspendu’, Annecy, France
  Private Choice’, Paris, France
2021 MAC VAL, ‘Le vent se lève’, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Anglet Biennale, Anglet, France

  ‘Summer pieces’, Malbuisson, France

Domaine Pommery, ‘Blooming’, Reims, France

   Château du Rivau, ‘The Taste of art – Part II’, Lémeré, France
  Espace 16K, ‘L’echo du silence’, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France 
  ‘Private Choice’, Paris, France
2020 MAC VAL, ‘Le vent se lève’, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
  Maison des Arts, ‘Metamorphoses’, Chevilly-Larue, France
  Le Point Commun, ‘10 years!’, Annecy, France
   ‘French Cliché’, world tour 2020, Paris, Miami, New York, Dallas, Aspen, etc.
  Château du Rivau, ‘The Taste of art’, Lémeré, France