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Gabriel Lester - Suspension of Disbelief

from February 12 2011 until May 8 2011

Gabriel Lester, Image from artists own collection, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, Image from the artists own movie material, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, Fortuna 16mm (detail) 2010, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, How to act (blue), 1999, Impakt Festival Utrecht 2000, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, How to act (yellow), 1999, Impakt Festival Utrecht 2000, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, The Past Catching up with the Present, 2009, mixed material II, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, How to Act installation 2007, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, How to act (red), 1999, Impakt Festival Utrecht 2000, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, The Big One, 2011 (moviestill), courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters Gabriel Lester, Suspension of Disbelief, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, courtesy: Galerie Fons Welters, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

The opening of the exhibition by Gabriel Lester at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, 11 February. The Suspension of Disbelief presentation is Lester’s first major solo exhibition in a museum setting.

From Saturday, 12 February, the public can also experience this magical exhibition, which runs for almost three months. Lester has specially created an immersive total installation composed of a dozen or so new and earlier works that explore concepts such as fortune and misfortune, expectations, superstition, rituals, magical beliefs, prophecies and, most especially, destiny and fate. Fate and magical beliefs play a pivotal role in Suspension of Disbelief.
This exhibition seems to suggest that the attribution of value to non-existent connections is one of the means of surviving in an unpredictable world. Lester’s installations and films present various examples of people trying to fathom out fate.

Lester at the IFFR
As a foretaste of his exhibition in Boijmans, one of Gabriel Lester’s films can be seen on the silver screens of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this coming Monday. The fickleness of destiny and the need for ritual acts are pivotal themes for Lester. As a prelude, this Dutch artist – albeit one with Belgian and American roots – throws one of his favourite themes into the mix: lotteries. He will be accompanied by a one-man band. For further information about this event, click here

Gabriel Lester
- has been featured in exhibitions in São Paulo, Stockholm, London and Istanbul
-has a cinematic way of working: he isolates elements such as light, scenery, music and image, and subsequently moulds them to his will using techniques such as montage and framing.
-immerses the public in a conceptual and sensual experience.
-is intrigued by the human idiosyncrasy of wanting to gain control of the intangible world.

Catalogue
The exhibition shall not be accompanied by a catalogue, but the Belgian art book/magazine A Prior, a 180-page publication in English, will be devoting no less than a quarter of the content of its 21 March issue to Lester and his magical exhibition in Boijmans. The other artists featured in this edition are Danai Anesiadou, Luis Jacob and Tino Sehgal. You can order the magazine from www.aprior.org for €20.00. 

Lottery
Did you receive an invitation for the opening? Make sure you keep it safe. We will soon be posting details about the works of art you can win with the unique numbers on the invitation cards.

Magical Films
Are you curious about the films that Gabriel Lester will be screening in his Suspension of Disbelief presentation? For a teaser of ‘The Big One’ click here. This film depicts an inexplicable gathering of people that the viewer will be quick to interpret as a ritual invocation of fate. The film demonstrates people’s readiness to think magically and their tendency to ascribe value to non-existent interrelationships: people perceive it as a magical gathering despite there being no other indications of this. The other film by Lester, ‘Cleromancy #2’, is an abstract interplay of colour and movement composed of fragments of footage of lottery draws all around the globe.

Literary term
The title ‘Suspension of Disbelief’ was originally a literary term that found its way into cinema in the course of the 20th century. It concerns the readiness of the public to accept a film as true, even though it contains elements that are highly improbable. With this title Lester is alluding not only to the significance of cinema in his work, but is also using the term in the sense of ‘wanting to believe in’ and ‘accepting’ the illusion.