Cambrian Explosion 10

  • 2014
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Aquarium, salt water, volcanic rock, dark grey sand, arrow crabs, horseshoe crabs
  • 175 x 200 x 200 cm

The piece refers to the sudden appearance of most major animal species during the Cambrian explosion 540 million years ago. The natural environment is central to Huyghe’s work, which seems to capture the impermanence of the living world and a certain original porosity between the elements.

© Adagp, Paris, 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Pierre Huyghe

Since the early 1990s he has been exploring the boundary between the production of the real and of fiction. His work takes different forms such as live situations, films, objects, photographs and drawings.

Huyghe examines many cultural, popular and scholarly themes such as science, science-fiction, literature, philosophy, archaeology, cinema, music, architecture and the work/life balance. His approach often involves collaborations with other artists as well as musicians, architects and scientists.

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