Pierre Huyghe - Untilled Host
25 juin 2016 - 9 janvier 2017
Since the early 1990s, Pierre Huyghe continues to reinvent means of creation and exhibition display. His work explores the boundaries between production of reality and fiction through different media, including live situations, films, objects, photographs or drawings. The artist addresses many cultural themes, popular or academic, specific to contemporary society: science, science fiction, literature, philosophy, archaeology, film, music, architecture, connections between work and play. His approach often leads to collaborations with other artists, musicians, architects and scientists. Taking the exhibition and its ritual as an object in itself, Pierre Huyghe has worked to change the paradigm of this encounter, exploring the possibility of this dynamic experience. He constructs time-based situation, a self-generating network in which emergence and rhythm are indeterminate and exist beyond our presence.
For the exhibition Pierre Huyghe - Untilled Host, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents two works by Pierre Huyghe belonging to its collection: The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) and A Way in Untilled (2012). The selection and presentation of these works have been achieved in closecollaboration with the artist from the Fondation’s important collection of his works, including:
Les Grands Ensembles, 1994-2001 ; Silent Score, 1997 ; L’Expédition Scintillante Acte II, 2002 ; Mediation Hall, The Land, Model, 2003-2008 ; Streamside Day, 2003 ; A Journey That Wasn’t, 2005 ; Creature, 2005-2011 ; I do not own 4’33“, 2006 ; Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt), 2012 ; Untitled (Human Mask), 2014 ; Cambrian Explosion 9, 2014.
© Adagp, Paris 2016 for the work of the artist. Photo Ola Rindal.
A major figure in the international scene, Pierre Huyghe embodies in his work the mechanisms of exhibition, its celebration, the presence of animal and human bodies, and the intensive quest in which he searches for his own identity. The Fondation Louis Vuitton has been particularly engaged with the artist, showcasing his work in its inaugural exhibition in October 2014.
The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) was filmed over the course of a year in the disused building that once housed the National Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions in Paris. This experiment was a real situation that occurred in a closed museum which lies at the far end of an attraction park. It was witnessed live by an audience and partially recorded on three days: Halloween, Valentine’s Day and May Day. The experiment was conceived for a group of actors placed under certain conditions, facing influences they could alter or metabolize. It was created as a roleplay. The roles and behaviors of the actors, here the personnel of the museum, are changing through their encounters with the collection of displays, situations and fragmented narratives. The Host and the Cloud is a tale, a journey in the mind of an absent subject. The fictional character that appears in the film is an alter ego, the actuality in the mental landscape of an absent subject.
A Way in Untilled (2012) was shot during the summer of 2012 on the site of dOCUMENTA (13), in Karlsaue Park in Kassel. The images taken at dusk show organic decay happening around the sculpture Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt), a half lying woman figure whose head is a swarm of bees. The head is obscured by a swarm. The colony pollinates aphrodisiac and psychoactive plants. The headless body is lying in the mud.It is as if a parallel world is materializing in front of the camera. A dog with a fluorescent leg is the main protagonist of this movie with no narration. The place is closed. Elements from different strata of history are laid next to each other with no sign of origin nor chronology.
There are physical adaptations of fictional and factual documents and preexisting things. In the compost of Karlsaue Park, the artifacts, inanimate elements, living organisms, plants, animals, human beings, and bacteria, are left to themselves, without culture, independent and indifferent to our presence.
Through these documentary films of science fiction, the artist plunges the viewer into a visual and audio odyssey.
About the artist
Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962. He studied at Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014), the Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2014), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013). He has also participated in a number of international art shows, including dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). He was honored with the 2002 Hugo Boss prize and the special jury prize at the Venice Biennale in 2001 where he represented France.
About the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is an institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and artists as well as 20th century works to which their inspirations can be traced. The Fondation’s own collection and the exhibitions it organizes seek to engage a broad public. The building created by architect Frank Gehry constitutes the seminal artistic statement by the Fondation and is already recognized as an emblematic example of 21st century architecture. A year after its inauguration, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has welcomed more than a million visitors from France and around the world.
From its opening in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton announced that it would engage in international initiatives, both at the Fondation and in partnership with public and private institutions, including other foundations and museums. The Fondation itself has cultural spaces devoted exclusively to exhibitions of works from its collection in Munich, Venice, Beijing and Tokyo. The Fondation is responsible for the artistic direction of these Espaces culturels Louis Vuitton. The exhibitions they organize are open to the public free of charge, and their programs are promoted through specific cultural communication.
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