Laurent Grasso

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Laurent Grasso (born 1972) is a French conceptual artist living and working in Paris.


Laurent Grasso is the recipient of the esteemed Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture[1] and the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize[2] in 2015 and 2008 respectively. Currently based in Paris, he has held residencies at the Villa Medici, Rome[3] and ISCP, New York.

In 2015, Grasso was solicited by the French National Archives to create a film on the aesthetics of power and its agents. The resulting work ‘Élysée’, set in the French Presidential office’s Salon Doré to the soundtrack created by Nicolas Godin, debuted in Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong in March 2016.[4] Since then it has since been broadcast in Europe on numerous occasions, including the Nuit européenne des musées 2016.[5]

Grasso’s work has been exhibited worldwide, notably at the Jeu de Paume, Paris;[6] MASS MoCa, North Adams;[7] Centre Pompidou-Metz, amongst others, and is held in collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris;[8] Mori Art Museum, Tokyo[9] and Leeum Samsung Museum, Seoul.[10] It has also been featured in multiple publications including ‘Architecture Now’ (Taschen).[11]


Laurent Grasso’s practice engages deeply with science, history, mythology and supernatural phenomena to weave a research-filled narrative. Tending on the epistemological, Grasso works across different disciplines from film and installation to painting and neon.[12] Major public installations include ‘Nomiya’ (2009-2011), a transportable restaurant sat on the roof of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris;[13] ‘Anechoic Pavilion’ (2012), an installation presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery atop Central Ferry Pier 4 in Hong Kong.[14] ‘SolarWind’, a permanent light installation in Paris commissioned by the 13th district council, Ciments Calcia and SEMAPA in collaboration with the Space Observatory and the National Centre for Space Studies’, which projects the colour fluctuations of solar storms onto the walls of two 40 meter Calcia silos bordering the capital’s 13 district.[15]

His most notable solo exhibitions in recent years include ‘PARAMUSEUM’ (2016) at Palais Fesch, Ajaccio,[16] ‘Élysée’ (2016) in Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong[17] and ‘Soleil Noir’ (2015) at the Foundation d’entreprise Hermès, Tokyo.[18]


  • Laurent Grasso - Le rayonnement du corps noir , Dijon, Les presses du réel, 2009
  • Laurent Grasso - The Black-Body Radiation (English edition), Dijon, Les presses du réel, 2009
  • Laurent Grasso - The Horn Perspective, Paris, Centre Pompidou editions, 2009
  • Laurent Grasso - Uraniborg, Jeu de Paume, Paris; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Skira Flammarion, 2012
  • Laurent Grasso – Future Archeology, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012


  1. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2015". French Ministry of Culture. 
  2. ^ "25 October 2008 Press Release" (PDF). Marcel Duchamp Prize. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Académie de France à Rome Villa Medici  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Laurent Grasso". Frieze. 
  5. ^ "Nuit européenne des musées 2016". Archives Nationales. 
  6. ^ "Laurent Grasso: Uraniborg". Jeu de Paume. 
  7. ^ "Explode Every Day: An Inquiry inot the Phenomena of Wonder". Mass MoCa, North Adams. 
  8. ^ "Centre Pompidou". Laurent Grasso: The Horn Perspective. 
  9. ^ "The Universe and Art". Mori Art Museum. 
  10. ^ "Collection: Memories of the Future". Asia Art Archive. 
  11. ^ "Temporary Architecture Now!". Taschen. 
  12. ^ "Laurent Grasso". Edouard Malingue Gallery. 
  13. ^ "Nomiya: Temporary Restaurant / Pascal and Laurent Grasso". Arch Daily. 
  14. ^ "Future Archeology: Laurent Grasso". ArtAsiaPacific. 
  15. ^ "Laurent Grasso's Cosmic 'SolarWind' Light Artwork in Paris". Blouin Artinfo. 
  16. ^ "PARAMUSEUM". Palais Fesch. 
  17. ^ "Laurent Grasso: Élysée". My Art Guides. 
  18. ^ "Laurent Grasso alludes to a future in our past". The Japan Times. 

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