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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

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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

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Pierre Huyghe

b. 1962, France

Pierre Huyghe is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the semiotics of images, and the intersection of fiction and reality through film, sculpture and public interventions. Huyghe graduated from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in 1985 and is renowned for his innovation of the 'post-production' technique in the 1990s, which involves the reproduction of art forms through pre-existing films and images from mass media.

Among Huyghe's most well-known work is L'Ellipse (1998), in which the artist fills the narrative gap of a jump-cut from Wim Wenders' film The American Friend (1977). Huyghe's revision stars Bruno Ganz, who also starred in the original film. In The Third Memory (2000), Huyghe blurs the line between fact and fiction by re-enacting a hold-up scene in a bank in Sidney Lumet's film Dog Day Afternoon (1975). In Huyghe's film, a protagonist playing bank robber John Wojtowicz expresses how Dog Day Afternoon influenced him instead of recounting the actual heist, thus confounding the viewer as to the actuality of the event.

Huyghe also regularly blurs fact and fiction in his public interventions and 'living systems'—environments in which he often incorporates live creatures such as insects, plants, animals and humans. A Forest of Lines (2008)—Huyghe's commission for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney—consisted of 1000 trees embedded in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. The installation erased the boundaries between the art and its spectators, allowing them to become the performers of the work.

Huyghe regularly collaborates with other artists, namely Philippe Parreno with whom he purchased the rights to a manga character called AnnLee in 1999. AnnLee has appeared in several of his works and those of other artists, including Parreno's 3D film Anywhere Out of the World (2000), which sees AnnLee declare her ambiguous existence as exempt from copyright restrictions, calling attention to the notion of authorship that is regularly explored throughout Huyghe's practice.

Huyghe's work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including Streamside Day at Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 2005; Streamside Day + Streamside Day Follies at Dia Center for the Arts, New York in 2003; and No Ghost Just A Shell at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in 2005, to name a few. In 2001 he received the Special Jury Prize of the 49th Venice Biennale, followed by the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation's Hugo Boss Prize in 2002. Huyghe lives and works in Paris and New York.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2018

Featured Artworks

Timekeeper (Drill Core) Serpentine by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (Drill Core) Serpentine, 2018 Paint, gypsum, wood
70 x 70 x 2 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel
Timekeeper (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo, 2016 Pencil on paper
40 x 40 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel
Timekeeper (Drill Core), Sprengel Museum by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (Drill Core), Sprengel Museum, 2016 (Detail) Paint layers, plasterboard, chipboard
Esther Schipper
Cerro Indio Muerto by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheCerro Indio Muerto, 2016 Photography
69 x 101 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel
A Journey that Wasn't by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheA Journey that Wasn't, 2008 Colour photograph
86 x 126 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery
The Host and the Cloud (film) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre HuygheThe Host and the Cloud (film), 2009-2010 HD video, color, surround sound duration 2:01:30
Taro Nasu
la Saidon Des Fêtes (November) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork Pierre Huyghela Saidon Des Fêtes (November), 2010 Archival pigment print
48 x 48 x 3 cm
Simon Lee Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Curated by Franklin Melendez, 1,000 Islands at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
13 November–21 December 2015 Curated by Franklin Melendez 1,000 Islands Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Huyghe, Pierre Huyghe at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
6 February–7 March 2015 Pierre Huyghe Pierre Huyghe Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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