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L'expédition scintillante Acte 2

  • 2002
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Smoke and light system, sound
  • Upper block : 171.5 x 191.5 x 70 cm - Lower block 171.5 x 191.5 x 40 cm

The Scintillanting Expedition Act 2 (L’Expédition Scintillante Acte 2) 2002, shown for the first time at the Fondation, is an immersive work that Pierre Huyghe says works as “an object that is both beacon and stage, attractor and emitter.” Smoke rises from the lower section; in the upper section spotlight effects are programmed to follow Claude Debussy’s arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies 3 and 4. Color spreads throughout the space, recalling the first light shows, aimed at recreating the experiences of “inner travel” induced by psychotropic drugs, and Scriabin’s experiments with synesthesia for Prometheus.

© Adagp, Paris, 2020 Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Pierre Huyghe

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.

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