Philippe Parreno - Marilyn

Past exhibition - From 27 September 2018 to 24 March 2019

Philippe Parreno. Untitled. 2012
Philippe Parreno - Marilyn

Philippe Parreno. Untitled. 2012

The Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing is pleased to present Marilyn, an exhibition dedicated to French artist Philippe Parreno. This is the fourth exhibition in China produced in the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” programme, which showcases previously unseen holdings of the Collection at the Espaces Culturels Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice and Beijing, thus carrying out the Fondation’s intent to mount international projects and make them accessible to a broader public.

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.

Since the 1990s, one constant and underlying thread in Parreno’s oeuvre is his interest in the exhibition as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. He vies that the exhibition is an object in its own right, an experience and format which he is constantly questioning and reinventing. Thus preferring projects to objects, Parreno began examining unique approaches to narration and representation throughout his works, conceiving his exhibitions as a scripted space where a series of events unfold. He seeks to transform the exhibition visit into a singular experience that plays with spatial and temporal boundaries and the sensory experience of the visitor. From the 2000s onwards, ghosts, ventriloquists and robots began appearing more in Parreno’s films, posing the question of the origins of storytelling, whilst interrogating the passage of time and blurring reality and fiction. These important themes continue through Parreno’s later works, including Marilyn (2012), a film recreating Marilyn Monroe’s life in a phantasmagorical séance. For Parreno, the exhibition is a total work of art that offers an ongoing interdependent series of open possibilities.
This brand new show invites you to experience emblematic works from the Collection by Philippe Parreno in various media including, alongside the eponymous video installation Marilyn: In Preparation of Marilyn: “The Quasi Living” (2013), Untitled (2010), and Untitled (2012). Comprising of 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 artist

Philippe Parreno

French artist Philippe Parreno was born in 1964 in Oran, Algeria. His oeuvre approaches the exhibition as a medium, and is constantly questioning and reinventing its format through film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text.

He has works represented in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Kanazawa Museum of the 21st Century, Japan; MoMA, New York, USA; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Recently, Parreno has presented solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2014/2013); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia (2013); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2010-2011); Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, USA (2009-10); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2009-10); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2009) and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2009). His work has also appeared in the Venice Biennale, Italy (1993, 1995, 2003, 2007, and 2009), Lyon Biennale, France (1997, 2003, and 2005), and Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2001). In 2016,    Philippe Parreno was awarded the prestigious Hyundai Commission at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall in London, UK, titled Anywhen. Philippe Parreno currently lives and works in Paris, France.

the fondation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton serves the public interest and is exclusively dedicated to contemporary art and artists, as well as 20th century works to which their inspirations can be traced.

The Collection and the exhibitions it organizes seek to engage a broad public. The building created by architect Frank Gehry, and already recognized as an emblematic example
of 21st century architecture, constitutes the Fondation’s seminal artistic statement. Since its opening in October 2014,
the Fondation has welcomed more than a million visitors from France and around the world per year. Confirming the international recognition of its artistic commitment, the exhibition Icons of Modern Art, The Shchukin Collection received a record-breaking 1.2 million visitors in six months (Oct. 2016-Mar. 2017). The Fondation Louis Vuitton commits to engage into international initiatives, both at the Fondation and in partnership with public and private institutions, including other foundations and museums. It is also responsible for the artistic direction of a specific “Hors-les-murs” programme within the Espaces Louis Vuitton, cultural spaces in Munich, Beijing, Tokyo and Venice, which are exclusively devoted to exhibitions of works from the Collection. The exhibitions they organize are open to the public free of charge, and their programs are promoted through specific cultural communication.

The essential

From 27 September 2018 to 24 March 2019

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing China World Mail South Zone W. Bldg. 1 Jianguomenwai Ave. Beijing


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