PARIS PHOTO, Los Angeles, USA
Flatland Gallery is proud to present Johan Grimonprez on the first edition of Paris Photo in Los Angeles.
It will be Grimonprez’s premiere in Los Angeles for his work ‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’. The highly acclaimed 2005 project is a grand homage to the ‘Master of Suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock and demonstrates many references to the visual world of Surrealist painter René Magritte.
Johan Grimonprez's curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, such as at the Hammer Museum (LA), the Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and, the MOMA (NY). His works are part of the permanent collections of major museums, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Kanazawa Art Museum (Japan) and Tate Modern (London).
Focusing on Alfred Hitchcock’s regular, and famed, cameo appearances in each of his films, media artist Johan Grimonprez elaborated on this concept and conceived the idea of casting Hitchcock look-a-likes in his film ‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’. His added shots of 'fictitious' interiors of corridors, staircases, chandeliers and large drawing rooms - filmed in the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels - and music, creates a suitably beguiling and uncanny mise-en-scene. In a slow, dreamlike, almost surreal choreography, the various 'Hitchcocks' meet each other, while surrounded by floating bowler hats, umbrellas, crows and a single blond woman. With the help of a mind-boggling crowd of Hitchcock look-alikes, the artist deftly deconstructs conventional notions of reality. Meanwhile the enigmatic Hitchcockian concept of 'McGuffin' is being explained to us.
‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’ premiered at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels in 2005. It was shown (a.o.) at the Photographer’s Gallery, London (2005) and Grimonprez’s Retrospective at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Gent, Belgium (2011, 2012).
Awards for ‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’:
2005 International Media Award SWR | ZKM, Karlsruhe
2006 First Prize European Media Award Festival, Osnabrück
2006 Spirit Award Winner, Brooklyn International Film Festival, New York
Collections ‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’ 2005 | 7 ed.: loop + casting [+ 5 AP]
Artist Rooms, TATE, London & National Galleries of Scotland, UK
Salomon Collection, Paris, France
Haussler, Bastian Collection, Berlin, Germany
Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Munich, Germany
Lhoist Collection, Brussels, Belgium Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Collections ‘LOOKiNG fOR ALFREd’ 2005 | 7 ed.: loop [+ 5 AP]
Fondation Régional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC), Paris, France
Sean Kelly Collection, New York, USA
Ierimonti Gallery, Milan, Italy
Carlo Clerici Collection, Milan, Italy