Hermitage: The Modernists
A solo show by Laurence Aëgerter at two locations in Amsterdam.
In this new body of work, Aëgerter presents photographs she took in the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam when the collection of modernism was on show. We observe elements that have been added and that obstruct our free view of the paintings. This can be a spectator, like we are used to when visiting a museum, or an object.
Aëgerters photographs bring new life to the modernist work. The elements added interact with the paintings. Still, the compositions appear to be put together in an almost casual way.
Laurence Aëgerter (Marseille, 1972) studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2004-2007). Since then, she had several solo shows, participated in group shows and residencies. Her work is included in a number of important international art collections.
Aëgerter mainly makes photographic work, video, installations and artist books. Her creations arise from her fascination for order and systems, that she applies in a kind of rigid and at the same time playful way.
In earlier photographic series (Le Louvre and Het Apparaat), she took the collection of masterpieces from the Louvre Museum and the Rijksmuseum as a starting point.
The series ‘Hermitage, The Modernists’ consists of 28 life size photographs, a choice of which is on show at both galleries. On the occasion of this double exhibition, a booklet has been made comprising all works.