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“Future Herbarium” solo exhibition by Laurent Grasso
20 March - 24 April
Presenting at Perrotin Hong Kong, “Future Herbarium” is an exhibition by renowned French artist Laurent Grasso, whose practice is concerned with heterogeneous temporalities, geographies, and paranormal phenomena, and spurring a new perspective on history and reality by materialising what lies behind common perception.
A highlight of the exhibition is the “Future Herbarium” series, a body of painted and sculpted flowers executed in the manner of nineteenth-century herbariums, shaped by observations of different species of flowers that mutated after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Alongside it is “Solar Wind”, a video installation which explores concepts of science, belief, illusion, and fiction, based on the artist’s interest in solar storms and space meteorology.
Also on view are new works from Grasso’s emblematic series, “Studies into the Past”, which he initiated in 2009, reconstituting methods and imagery used by the Italian and Flemish masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including Italian Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione (1688–1766), who served as an official portraitist for the imperial court through the reign of three Qing emperors in China.