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.

In 2020, Pierre Huyghe's Exomind (Deep Water) (2017), a sculpture of a woman with an actual beehive on its head, was included in the year's Taipei Biennial.

Huyghe lives and works in Paris and New York.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2018

Pierre Huyghe Featured Artworks

Skin of Light by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork sculpture
Pierre Huyghe Skin of Light, 2002 Neon, transformers
80 x 60 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
Mind's Eye (S) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork photography
Pierre Huyghe Mind's Eye (S), 2022 Materialised deep image reconstruction, synthetic and biological material aggregate; microorganisms
161 x 84 x 95 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire
Exomind (Deep Water) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork sculpture
Pierre Huyghe Exomind (Deep Water), 2017 concrete cast with wax hive, bee colony, figure: 72 × 60 × 79 cm, beehive dimensions vary
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Timekeeper (Drill Core), Serpentine by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Pierre Huyghe Timekeeper (Drill Core), Serpentine, 2019 Paint layers, plasterboard
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Extended Holidays by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork photography
Pierre Huyghe Extended Holidays, 1996 Montage of 12 C-prints
85 x 121 x 3 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Timekeeper (Serpentine) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Pierre Huyghe Timekeeper (Serpentine), 2019 Pencil on paper
40 x 40 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Timekeeper (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Pierre Huyghe Timekeeper (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo, 2016 Pencil on paper
40 x 40 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
The Host and the Cloud (film) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork moving image
Pierre Huyghe The Host and the Cloud (film), 2009-2010 HD video, color, surround sound duration 2:01:30
Taro Nasu Contact Gallery

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Pierre Huyghe Represented By

Esther Schipper contemporary art gallery in Esther Schipper Berlin, Germany
Esther Schipper Berlin, Paris, Seoul
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong
Hauser & Wirth Gstaad, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca +6
Marian Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA
Marian Goodman Gallery London, New York, Paris
Taro Nasu contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Taro Nasu Tokyo

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