Philippe Parreno - Marilyn

Hors Les Murs
From 17.02.2023 to 06.08.2023
Espace Louis Vuitton München
Maximilianstrasse 2a
80539 München
+49 89 55 89 38 100,
Monday–Friday : 12p.m.–7 pm; Saturday: 10 am–7 pm

Philippe Parreno's reputation has been built on the diversity of his practice which spans a vast range of media including film, sculpture, drawing and performance. Through his multidisciplinary practice, Parreno has created unexpected artworks that question the boundaries between reality and fiction, often blurring the distinction between the two. The artist invites the viewer to radically re-evaluate the nature of reality, memory, and the passage of time, elaborating universes where the aesthetics of social exchanges and situations are prioritized over the creation of art objects.

For Marilyn, the Espace Louis Vuitton München invites you to experience emblematic works from the Collection by Philippe Parreno in various media. Alongside the eponymous video installation Marilyn (2012), the series of drawings In Preparation of Marilyn: “The Quasi Living” (2013) will be shown as well as the video installation The Writer (2007), and the sculpture Untitled (2010). Comprising drawings, sculpture and film, these works typify Parreno’s multidisciplinary practice through which he continues his quest to find an ultimate form of communication capable of transcending language.

The Espace Louis Vuitton Munich is pleased to present Marilyn, an exhibition dedicated to French artist Philippe Parreno, pursuing the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission of showcasing holdings from the Collection to an international audience through the “Hors-les-murs” programme.


© Philippe Parreno Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Philippe Parreno

Preferring projects to objects, Philippe Parreno began examining different approaches to narration and representation in the 1990s, through film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text.

He is interested in the exhibition as a medium, and is constantly questioning and reinventing its format. In 1999 the No Ghost Just a Shell project, launched with Pierre Huyghe, invited 20 artists to bring to life the manga character Ann Lee, to which they acquired the rights. Through collaborations and polyphony, the project was built up with images and text, stories and signs, disrupting the rules of media. Another important collaboration was the portrait of Zinedine Zidane made with Douglas Gordon, a high-impact visual study of the paradox of a deceptive image (Zidane, 2006). In the 2000s, ghosts, ventriloquists and robots began appearing in his films, posing the question of the origins of storytelling.