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b. 1962, France

Pierre Huyghe Biography

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.

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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

Pierre Huyghe Featured Artworks

Extended Holidays by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheExtended Holidays, 1996Montage of 12 C-prints
85 x 121 x 3 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Timekeeper (Serpentine) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (Serpentine), 2019Pencil on paper
40 x 40 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Timekeeper (Drill Core), Sprengel Museum by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (Drill Core), Sprengel Museum, 2016Paint layers, plasterboard, chipboard
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
A Journey that Wasn't by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheA Journey that Wasn't, 2008Colour photograph
86 x 126 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
The Host and the Cloud (film) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheThe Host and the Cloud (film), 2009-2010HD video, color, surround sound duration 2:01:30
Taro Nasu Contact Gallery

Pierre Huyghe Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Pierre Huyghe, Circadian Dilemna at Winsing Art Place, Taipei
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6 January–31 December 2020 Pierre Huyghe Circadian Dilemna Winsing Art PlaceTaipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
27 June–25 July 2020 Group Exhibition DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION Galerie Chantal CrouselParis
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 GalleryHong Kong

Pierre Huyghe Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Marian Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris, London
Taro Nasu contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Taro Nasu Tokyo

Pierre Huyghe In Ocula Magazine

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Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global Ocula Report Taipei Dangdai 2020: Local and Global By Penny Liu, Taipei

At the second edition of Taipei Dangdai, western capital gestures towards Taipei's rising status in the global art world, while alluding to 'a token blessing from the West to Taiwanese society, which is known to have a strong collector base.'

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Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Taipei Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Taipei

As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.

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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director By Stephanie Bailey, Okayama

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future By Stephanie Bailey, Okayama

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. This report explores some of these shows, concluding with Pierre Huyghe's Okayama Art Summit.

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Pierre Huyghe In Related Press

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The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale 30 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries...

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Pierre Huyghe’s “UUmwelt” Related Press Pierre Huyghe’s “UUmwelt” 19 December 2018, art agenda

Five large, freestanding LED panels fill the spaces of the Serpentine. Despite their technological nature, they look like temporary plaster walls and give the rooms a stripped appearance. Images scroll onscreen at high speed. In the darkened exhibition space, they have peculiar light and colors, cold and clear tones. Sounds can be heard, but like...

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Ugo Rondinone 'I ♥ John Giorno' at Various venues, New York Related Press Ugo Rondinone 'I ♥ John Giorno' at Various venues, New York 27 July 2017, Mousse Magazine

Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno —the first major U.S. exhibition about the American poet, artist, activist and muse John Giorno—has opened simultaneously across 13 locations in New York City. I ♥ John Giorno is a work of art by Giorno's husband, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of...

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John Giorno Related Press John Giorno 25 July 2017, artforum.com

I learned early on from the eats, such as Allen Ginsburg and William Burroughs—and the Pop artists too—that archives were very important. This was around the late 1950s, or the beginning of the '60s. So, I just saved all of my work. My parents had a house in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, and for fifty years I brought everything I made...

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Pierre Huyghe In Video & Audio

Pierre Huyghe: UUmwelt Related Video & Audio Pierre Huyghe: UUmwelt 30 October 2018, Serpentine Galleries

Curator Rebecca Lewin discusses Pierre Huyghe's exhibition UUmwelt. Known for creating complex immersive ecosystems, Huyghe presents a major new exhibition at the Serpentine. For the exhibition, the Gallery has become a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and...

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