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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Philippe Parreno

b. 1964, France

Philippe Parreno creates artworks that question the boundaries between reality and fiction, exploring the nebulous realm in which the real and the imagined blur and combine. Working in a diverse range of media including sculpture, drawing, film, and performance the internationally acclaimed French artist seeks to expand our understanding of duration, inviting us to radically re- evaluate the nature of reality, memory, and the passage of time. Central to Parreno’s practice is his quest for an ultimate form of communication capable of transcending language.

Taking the exhibition as a medium, Parreno has radically redefined the exhibition experience by exploring its possibilities as a coherent “object” rather than as a collection of individual works. To this end, he conceives his shows as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds. The visitor is guided through the galleries by the orchestration of sound and image, which heightens their sensory experience. This is a question of creating, in a given volume, as much space and time as possible by folding and unfolding the space onto itself.

Previous meditations on the nature of reality include No Ghost Just a Shell, 1999, a collaborative project with Pierre Huyghe in which the Japanese Manga character Ann Lee was liberated from the binds of intellectual copyright in a deliberate blurring of reality and fiction; and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006, a full-length feature film the artist co-directed with Douglas Gordon. Focusing on the French footballer Zinedine Zidane, this extraordinary real-time portrait spans the duration of a football match during which seventeen 35mm cameras followed the footballer’s every move.

For the inaugural exhibition at Pilar Corrias, London Parreno created a large-scale, cast-aluminium sculpture of a generic snow-covered Christmas tree. Entitled Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (October), 2008, the work operated as both a decorative object and a time marker inviting us to expand our comprehension of time in a process of metaphorical game-playing. The sculpture was shown alongside a pane of glass on which condensation was etched. The ghostly breath hovered at the exact height of the mouth of the famous Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca killed by the Franco Regime in 1936.

Philippe Parreno is a French artist and filmaker who lives and works in Paris. He graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble in 1988 and in 1989 from Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In 2016 Parreno presented the Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. He was the first artist to take over the entire 22,000 square metre gallery space at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris with his exhibition Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World which opened in October 2013. Major exhibitions of Parreno’s work include: Museo Jumex, Mexico City, 2017; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2017; Fundaciao de Serralves, Porto, 2017; HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015, Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2015, CAC Malaga, 2014, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, 2013; Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2013; Fondation Beyeler, 2012; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2012; The Serpentine Gallery, London, 2010; Witte de With, 2010; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2009; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2009; Kunsthalle Zurich, 2009; CCA Kitakyoshu, Japan, 2006; Kunsthalle Zürich, 2006; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2003; Musée D’Art Moderne de le Ville de Paris, 2002, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2001.

Parreno’s work is represented in the public collections of: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kanazawa Museum of the 21st Century, Japan; Musée D’Art Moderne de le Ville de Paris; Musée du Luxembourg, Luxembourg; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; LACMA, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; MUSAC, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis.

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Featured Artworks

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Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoMarquee, 2018 Clear acrylic glass, 8 light bulbs, 8 white neon tubes, half-painted with golden spray paint, converters, sockets, DMX controlled dimmers and motorised steel shutters with gold finish
265 x 130.7 x 54.8 cm
Esther Schipper
La pierre qui parle (The Speaking Stone) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoLa pierre qui parle (The Speaking Stone), 2018 Synthetic stone, wireless speaker system
40.6 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm
Metro Pictures
Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoMarquee, 2016 Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers
60 x 187 x 80 cm
Esther Schipper
Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoFlickering Lights (Marianne Brandt), 2018 Stereolithography print with translucent resin, halogen light bulb, DMX dimmer, light programming
85 x 64 x 40 cm
Esther Schipper
Wall For The Bride by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoWall For The Bride, 2018 Perspex, LED lighting, AC/DC Snakes, DMX Controller 4 modules
252 x 330 x 330 cm
Pilar Corrias
Speech Bubbles (Transparent Orange) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoSpeech Bubbles (Transparent Orange), 2016 1500 Transparent Orange Mylar balloons, helium, certificate
Pilar Corrias
Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) | Wallpaper Marilyn by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork Philippe ParrenoFlickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) | Wallpaper Marilyn, 2018 Stereolithography print with translucent resin, halogen light bulb, DMX dimmer, light programming | Wallpaper with phosphorescent ink
Esther Schipper

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Life to come at Metro Pictures, New York
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17 January–16 February 2019 Group Exhibition Life to come Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias, London
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3 October–10 November 2018 Philippe Parreno Philippe Parreno Pilar Corrias, London

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Philippe Parreno combines 20 years of footage to create ‘film of films, a seance of cinema’ Related Press Philippe Parreno combines 20 years of footage to create ‘film of films, a seance of cinema’ Wallpaper* : 6 February 2019

When Philippe Parreno was a teenager, he and his friends would sneak their way through the back door of an adult movie theatre in one of the seedier parts of Échirolles, a rough suburb of Grenoble, southern France. The backstreet XXX dive was called Cinema Permanente, because porn played all day, all night.At a public talk at the 2019...

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Philippe Parreno transforms the Rockbund Art Museum in a perpetual motion of events Related Press Philippe Parreno transforms the Rockbund Art Museum in a perpetual motion of events Wallpaper* : 12 July 2017

For the past two decades French-born artist Philippe Parreno has used museums as his material. Known best for his recent installations at Tate Modern, HangarBicocca and the Palais de Tokyo, he has turned exhibition spaces into the exhibition. Instead of installing art on the walls, Parreno begins with what already exists in the architecture of a...

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Adrian Searle's top 10 art shows of 2016 Related Press Adrian Searle's top 10 art shows of 2016 The Guardian : 25 December 2016

1. Ragnar Kjartansson, Barbican, London.Every five years, on camera, Ragnar Kjartansson's actress mother, Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir, spits on her son's face. He stands beside her, a dutiful but errant son in a dapper suit, and takes it. Sometimes alarming, always surprising, and weirdly joyful, the Icelandic artist's Barbican exhibition captivated...

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Shanghai gold rush part one: West Bund Art & Design Related Press Shanghai gold rush part one: West Bund Art & Design RanDian : 29 November 2016

West Bund is in a remote bit of Xuhui, a long way away from the Waitan (the Bund). It was once devoted to heavy industry and even had an airport, but now it’s an 8 km-stretch of arts precinct and the former aircraft factory is an art fair pavilion. The leases though are only for 5 years and the condos are already encroaching. Only 5? Yes, but...

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