Pierre Huyghe

About the Exhibition - Pierre Huyghe

This exhibition marks the first major retrospective of the work of Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962, Paris). Huyghe creates films, installations, and events that blur fact and fiction, reinvent rituals of social engagement, and use the exhibition model as a site for playful experimentation. Organized thematically, the exhibition covers more than two decades of Huyghe's career, with a focus on cinema as both model and matrix. By filming staged scenarios, Huyghe probes the capacity of art to distort and ultimately shape reality through methods that are filmic, spatial, or social.

In keeping with the artist’s desire for a non-hierarchical presentation, the exhibition is designed as a single, extraordinary environment, like a park or garden: a public sphere where a visitor can walk, reflect, and take in a variety of attractions through participation, thoughtful immersion, or simply as a passer-by.

Please be aware: Some works in this exhibition contain graphic content and may not be suitable for all audiences. This exhibition also contains living elements, including an Ibizan hound and a beehive. The dog's appearance is consistent with her breed. She has been examined by local animal safety agencies and is in excellent health. The beehive is located outdoors on the north side of the pavilion. All visitors viewing the exhibition do so at their own risk.

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Highlights - Pierre Huyghe

Untitled (Human Mask)

Pierre Huyghe
Alive entities and inanimate things, made and not made
Courtesy the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) wil the support of Colección CIAC AC, Mexico; Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création, Paris; Ishikawa Collection, Okayama, Japan.
© Pierre Huyghe

Zoodram 5 (after 'Sleeping Muse' by Constantin Brancusi)

Pierre Huyghe
Glass tank, filtration system, resin mask, hermit crab, arrow crabs and basalt rock
30 x 53 x 39 in. (76.2 x 134.62 x 99.06 cm)
 © Pierre Huyghe, Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

Installation view of the exhibition, Pierre Huyghe, at the Centre Georges Pompidou

September 2013 - January 2014
© Pierre Huyghe, Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris
Photo by Pierre Huyghe 


Pierre Huyghe
Courtesy the artist; Hauser & Wirth, London; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Anna Lena, Paris
© Pierre Huyghe

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Video - Pierre Huyghe

Excerpts from the exhibition

Video produced by the Centre Pompidou, Paris


Unframed - Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe at LACMA: Arts Reporting as Embedded Journalism
February 18, 2015

I stand at the mouth of the gallery. It gapes.

And still I stand. I have been hired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to announce each patron’s name as they walk in.

“Susan Choi!”

“Douglas Martini”

“Yi Sun Kim!”

A litany of sounds. Mostly they’ve stopped having meaning. Mostly, they never had meaning in the first place.

Human, Pierre Huyghe’s Dog-in-Residence
November 26, 2014

Drop by the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA in the next three months, and you might notice a few unusual elements in the exhibition Pierre Huyghe. One of the most dynamic of them is Human, an Ibizan hound who’s also a work of art. Huyghe has long used animals and flora, ranging from fish to palms to even deer, in his work. The living components in Huyghe's work add to the fact that nothing remains static—both sum of parts (the discrete objects) and whole (the exhibition itself) constantly shift based on the rhythms expressed in the space.