‘Porta's Description'
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Curated by Marc Bembekoff

Exhibition Dates: 27 February–4 April 2013
Opening Reception: Monday 25 February / 18:00

For his installation at the Palais de Tokyo, entitled 'Porta’s Description', Lars Morell envisions the exhibition space as a theatrical, illusionist space, somewhere between uncertainty and tangible proof, in which the works become mysterious theatrical props. The artist refers to an essay by Italian scientist Giambattista della Porta entitled 'How to see, in a room, things that aren’t there', published in 1558 in the volume Magia Naturalis. In this essay, he explains how one might, through optical illusions with reflective glass plates, produce apparitions and disappearances of silhouettes, an effect that flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century, when it was frequently employed by magicians. Palais de Tokyo's curator Marc Bembekoff states that ‘the work of Lars Morell has its roots in the artist’s wide-ranging curiosity, encompassing ancient scientific discoveries and cabinets of curiosities as well as pop music and magic shows. This modus operandi allows Morell to devise an analytic approach tinged with dreamlike, mystical touches. By instilling an element of magic, he creates installations in which illusions stimulate the spectators’ eyes and minds’.

About the artist: Lars Morell (b.1980 in Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has since his graduation from Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts exhibited at Jan Wentrup, Berlin, Germany (2006); Jeu De Paume (2009) and Fondation d'entreprise Ricard (2010), Paris; France; Perla Mode, Zurich, Switzerland (2010) and the annual Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2011). In 2013 he received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Grant. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hotel Paris’ at Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris and BYOB at Palais de Tokyo.