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b. 1964, France

Philippe Parreno Biography

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.

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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.

Text courtesy Pilar Corrias.

Philippe Parreno, Marquee (2016). Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains. 60 x 187 x 80 cm. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa.

Philippe Parreno Featured Artworks

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Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoMarquee, 2016Opaque plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound programme, opaque acrylic chains
60 x 187 x 80 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoMarquee, 2020Transparent Plexiglas, 70 white bulbs, 6 white neon tubes (ø 10 mm), DMX recorder, dimmers, light program, transparent acrylic chains
74.3 x 123 x 81 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Fraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013 by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoFraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013, 2020Cast and painted stainless steel, glass and 5 glass ornaments
220 x 205 x 170 cm
Pilar Corrias Enquire
Iceman in Reality Park by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoIceman in Reality Park, 1995–2019Sculpted ice, stones, wooden plinth with found Japanese metal manhole cover, sound installation
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
My Room is Another Fish Bowl by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoMy Room is Another Fish Bowl, 201690 screen printed mylar balloons
Pilar Corrias Enquire
Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoFlickering Lights (Marianne Brandt), 2018Stereolithography print with translucent resin, halogen light bulb, DMX dimmer, light programming
85 x 64 x 40 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoMarquee, 2019Plexiglass, dimmers, neons, bulbs, DMX player, cable
81 x 178.8 x 83.8 cm
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Pilar Corrias
Wall For The Bride by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork
Philippe ParrenoWall For The Bride, 2018Perspex, LED lighting, AC/DC Snakes, DMX Controller 4 modules
252 x 330 x 330 cm
Pilar Corrias Enquire

Philippe Parreno Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Philippe Parreno, Manifestations at Esther Schipper, Berlin
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11 September–17 October 2020 Philippe Parreno Manifestations Esther SchipperBerlin
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 PicturesNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Philippe Parreno, Philippe Parreno at Pilar Corrias, London
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3 October–10 November 2018 Philippe Parreno Pilar CorriasLondon

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Philippe Parreno In Ocula Magazine

Galleries Adjust Presentations for Art Basel Hong Kong's Online Viewing Rooms Ocula News Galleries Adjust Presentations for Art Basel Hong Kong's Online Viewing Rooms Hong Kong, 17 March 2020

Several galleries have chosen to show works they either couldn't have realised in a booth or look just as enticing on a device.

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Philippe Parreno In Related Press

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Philippe Parreno unveils new commission at the revamped MoMA Related Press Philippe Parreno unveils new commission at the revamped MoMA 19 October 2019, Wallpaper*

Philippe Parreno knows a thing or two about making an entrance. Since his memorable Anywhen commission for Tate Modern in 2016, the multi-disciplinary French artist has gone on to transform museum and exhibition spaces around the world into immersive, mystifying experiences that blend light, film and sound with a magical aplomb.

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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’ 6 February 2019, Wallpaper*

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 12 July 2017, Wallpaper*

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 25 December 2016, The Guardian

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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