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Larissa Fassler, Worlds Inside

Concurrently with her first retrospective exhibition held at Centre culturel canadien, the gallery is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of the Canadian artist, who has been based in Berlin for the past fifteen years.


While her first exhibition explored Parisian sites such as the Forum des Halles and Place de la Concorde, this new project seeks to understand the Gare du Nord. After several months of daily on-site observation during her residency at the former Récollets Convent in the summer of 2014, Larissa Fassler produced five large paintings that are derived from and collate her hundreds of observational sketches, interior mappings and freehand floor-plans based on her own subjective scaling; as well as her thousands of handwritten notes recording the movements and actions of users and the detailed occurrences that took place within Europe’s largest train station. In an installation that transforms the gallery space by covering its walls with depictions of the monumental statues of the Gare du Nord’s façade, the exhibition puts into question the disconnect between today’s actual use of the spaces and the idealistic original architectural program intentions imagined by Napoléon III’s architect Jacques Hittorff in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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January 29 - February 27, 2016