b. 1964, France

Philippe Parreno Artworks

Shortly after graduating, Parreno began to explore various ways of representing images and reality in his video-based works.

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Film

In No More Reality II (la manifestation) (1991), a group of children wave banners and placards while shouting, 'No more reality!', raising questions about the meaning of reality in a world inundated with images. No More Reality Whereabouts (2019), created almost three decades later, further examines the authenticity of images by combining footage produced over a span of 20 years.

AnnLee

Frequently collaborating with artists and professionals across other disciplines, in the late 1990s, Parreno worked with French artist Pierre Huyghe to create No Ghost Just a Shell (1999–2002), a project revolving around a manga character named AnnLee. Having purchased the copyright to her images, the two artists rendered her three-dimensionally in a series of videos. In the videos, AnnLee discusses the disparate but overlapping aspects of her identities as a work of art, a female character, and a commodity.

Stressing his inclination towards collaboration and conversation, Parreno has invited fellow artists to incorporate AnnLee into their works. In 2002, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organised No Ghost Just a Shell, a group exhibition of works by Parreno, Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Melik Ohanian, among others, all of which feature AnnLee.

Zidane, a 21st century portrait

In 2006, Parenno collaborated with Douglas Gordon to create a film focused on the French soccer star Zinédine Zidane. Assembled from live broadcasts and footage shot of the player during one single match using 17 cameras and multiple angles, the film was conceived by the two artists having regard to the genre of portraiture. It can be related to Diego Velázquez's portraits, as well as to Andy Warhol's real-time film portraits.

The dual-channel video version of Zidane was subsequently acquired by the Guggenheim, the website of which describes the work as, 'deepening the psychological complexity of the portrait and echoing the broader mass-dissemination of the celebrity-hero'.

Anywhen

Parreno envisions the format of an exhibition as a medium in itself, and often introduces interdisciplinary elements to his shows to reconfigure the traditional viewer-artwork relationship. Anywhen, his solo exhibition at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2016, included an installation of helium-filled fish balloons across the site. The fish were accompanied by a score designed by Nicolas Becker, Parreno's long-time collaborator, and composer Cengiz Hartlap, as well as a moving spotlight made in collaboration with Liam Gillick.

Echo

In 2019, Parreno presented the site-specific installation Echo at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Composed of kinetic parts, a video screen, and hanging lamps, the work was programmed to translate data from its surroundings—from the velocity of wind to the sounds of visitors—into audio and light that 'echoed' its environment.

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Chambre miroir by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Philippe Parreno Chambre miroir, 2021 Black ink on paper
41.5 x 29.5 cm
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Flickering Lights by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Flickering Lights, 2022 Blown glass, manual polishing and frosting, brass fixture, manual polishing
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ACDC Snake by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno ACDC Snake, 2022 LED light engine, glass, metal
31 x 24 x 20.5 cm
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ACDC Snake by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno ACDC Snake, 2022 LED light engine, glass, metal
26 x 20 x 16.5 cm
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Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Marquee, 2021 Opalescent PMMA, opalescent glass, LED lights
139 x 73 cm
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With a Rhythmic Instinction to be Able to Travel Beyond Existing Forces of Life by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno With a Rhythmic Instinction to be Able to Travel Beyond Existing Forces of Life, 2018 LED panels, mac mini, speakers, amplifiers, powder coated steel
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Fraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013 by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Fraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013, 2020 Tree: Cast and painted stainless steel, glass and 5 glass ornaments; glass structure: switchable glass and polished stainless steel
220 x 205 x 170 cm
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The Corner Cat by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture, photography
Philippe Parreno The Corner Cat, 2020 Duratrans transparency in lightbox
21 x 27.5 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Fade to Black by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Philippe Parreno Fade to Black, 2009 Phosphorescent ink on paper
315 x 236 cm
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Speech Bubbles (Transparent) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture, installation
Philippe Parreno Speech Bubbles (Transparent), 2017 Mylar balloons, helium
Winsing Art Place
Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture, installation, mixed media
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
Winsing Art Place
Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (March) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Philippe Parreno Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (March), 2010–2015 Paint, marble powder and diamond powder on cast aluminum, stainless steel
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Iceman in Reality Park by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Iceman in Reality Park, 1995–2019 Sculpted ice, stones, wooden sticks, wooden plinth with found Japanese metal manhole cover, sound installation
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Speech Bubbles (Fuchsia) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork installation
Philippe Parreno Speech Bubbles (Fuchsia), 2015 Fuchsia Mylar balloons, helium
68 x 109 x 29 cm
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The Crowd by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork moving image
Philippe Parreno The Crowd, 2015 Modulo Player 4 Flux with Windows 7 embedded, Rack 4U, PC core 17, FirePro video card W7000, 24', Colour, sound
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Fraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013 by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Fraught Times, UK 22nd–23rd March 2013, 2020 Cast and painted stainless steel, glass and 5 glass ornaments
220 x 205 x 170 cm
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My Room is Another Fish Bowl by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork installation
Philippe Parreno My Room is Another Fish Bowl, 2016 90 screen printed mylar balloons
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Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Philippe Parreno Flickering Lights (Marianne Brandt), 2018 Stereolithography print with translucent resin, halogen light bulb, DMX dimmer, light programming
85 x 64 x 40 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Wallpaper Marilyn by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Philippe Parreno Wallpaper Marilyn, 2018 Wallpaper with phosphorescent ink
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Marquee by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork mixed media
Philippe Parreno Marquee, 2019 Plexiglass, dimmers, neons, bulbs, DMX player, cable
81 x 178.8 x 83.8 cm
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Wall For The Bride by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork installation
Philippe Parreno Wall For The Bride, 2018 Perspex, LED lighting, AC/DC Snakes, DMX Controller 4 modules
252 x 330 x 330 cm
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Speech Bubbles (Transparent Orange) by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork installation
Philippe Parreno Speech Bubbles (Transparent Orange), 2016 1500 transparent orange mylar balloons, helium, certificate
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Fraught Times, FZRA January 1998 by Philippe Parreno contemporary artwork sculpture
Philippe Parreno Fraught Times, FZRA January 1998, 2018 Cast and painted stainless steel
270 x 180 x 180 cm
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