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Laboratoire Experimental

Press Release
Laboratoire Expérimental
25th May- 16th July
Private View 24th May from 7 to 10pm
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6pm
MUNHAC (Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Lisbon) presents the first exhibition in the premises of the Museum  by Annabelle Moreau and María Roldán coinciding with the art fair ARCO LISBOA.
Laboratoire Expérimental
The first collaboration by the French and Colombian artists in Portugal.
Annabelle Moreau and María Roldán´s exhibition explores the relations between presence and absence, temporal and permanent, the mutation of states and the
dispersion of matter within the space of MUNHAC.
For this exhibition the artists have decided to investigate Lens, their effect upon what
is looked at, the transformation process and intangible realities.
Réflexion Réversible presents two main lenses facing each other inviting the viewer to wonder upon the nature of the objects and their relationship.
 A lOeil Nu presents ice lens distributed throughout the experimental laboratory encapsulated in seemingly optical devices revealing every stage of transformation through the day. The object disappears leaving a trace of its passage. Catching the Wind: Portugal is featuring a
film made by the two artists projected in the Amphitheatre of the Museum including a
sound composition created by Portuguese artist Silvio Rosado. This third
project traveled through different locations in Portugal looking out for the wind.
Laboratoire Expérimental captivates visitors into the quest of discoveries, unraveling
transformations and ephemeral states. The viewer oscillates between states of wonder
to the acknowledgment of self, space and the universe.
Generously supported by:
Jim and Cecilia Herbert
San Fransisco, CA
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
French Embassy et Institut Français Lisbon
Colombian Embassy Lisbon
This exhibition is accompanied by a 60-page exhibition catalogue  published by UZINA books featuring texts by: José Pedro Sousa Dias - Director of the Portuguese National Museum
of Natural History and Science / Museums of the University of Lisbon.  Sofia Marçal - Curator / Museologist / MUNHAC.  Fernando António Baptista Pereira, Art Historian and Museologist. Maria do Mar Fazenda, Art curator . Photography: Richard Ivey
About the artists:
Annabelle Moreau (b. South Africa 1976) is a French Italian artist that lives and works in Lisbon and London. She completed in 2004 a Postgraduate Diploma in fine art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Her practice is concerned with the notion of time, presence and space. Large Installations of monumental paintings and sculpture become the mean by which the artist explores the notion of consumption and apprehension of space. Copper brass aluminum are the main support for her work. She exhibited widely in the UK and has been commissioned major works for public spaces in England and the US. Recent exhibition include Laboratoire Experiemtnal, Museum of natural History and Science Lisbon 2016, The Observatory, Riflemaker Gallery, London 2011, The Scars are Not Just Skin Deep, The Cob Gallery, London 2014. Discerning Eye, Pall Mall, London 2012. Vis Loci, Griffin Gallery, London 2012. Voodoo, Riflemaker Gallery London 2009. Concret and Glass, A Foundation, Riflemaker Gallery London 2008.
María Roldán ( b. Colombia 1987) is a Colombian artist that lives and works in Lisbon and Bogotá. She completes her BA in Fine Art in Bogotá In Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and in Barcelona Universidade de Barcelona  in 2011 followed by a Master in Art, Glass and Science  at Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade Nova de Lisboa which she completed in 2016.
Her work departs from drawing an graphic technics and the possibility of expansion in the space of the bi- dimensional language. This process of expansion has developed in a series of works and projects within the framework of concepts such as landscapes and transparencies. The process involves sculptural experimentations where solid materials are carved with the intention of raising new
transparencies in space. Recent exhibitions include: 2015 Muro de la vergüenza, Artecámara/feria internacional de arte Artbo. Bogotá, Colombia. 2015 Estudio con vistas, Open Studio.Madrid, España. 2015 Desfocado, Museu Nacional de História e da Ciência, Jardim Botânico de Lisboa, MUHNAC. Lisboa, Portugal. 2014 Distorted, Biblioteca Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnología, Lisboa, Portugal. 2012 Hilados y tejidos la Magdalena, Galería Santafé. Bogotá, Colombia.