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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.

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

Exhibition view: LUMA Arles, 2021 opening exhibitions with the Parkett Archive. Courtesy Parkett. 

Pierre Huyghe Featured Artworks

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A Rebours by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheA Rebours, 2013Wood, foam, fur
34 x 84 x 60 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Role Announcer by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheRole Announcer, 2016Performance
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Exomind (Deep Water) by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheExomind (Deep Water), 2017concrete 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
Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (Drill Core), Serpentine, 2019Paint layers, plasterboard
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
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 (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo by Pierre Huyghe contemporary artwork
Pierre HuygheTimekeeper (drawing), from Palais de Tokyo, 2016Pencil on paper
40 x 40 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel 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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Pierre Huyghe Represented By

Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Gstaad, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca, Monte Carlo, New York, Somerset, Southampton, St. Moritz, Zurich
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

Pierre Huyghe In Ocula Magazine

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Pierre Huyghe In Video & Audio

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