Philippe Parreno

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Philippe Parreno

About Philippe Parreno

A key artist of his generation, Philippe Parreno has gained critical acclaim for his work that spans a diversity of media, including film, sculpture, drawing, and text.

Based in Paris, France, Parreno has exhibited internationally and has collaborated with a wide spectrum of artists and curators throughout his career. .

Through his work, Parreno challenges viewers to re-evaluate the relationship between reality and fiction. Taking the exhibition itself as a medium, Parreno creates choreographed spaces within which sound and image form a scripted series of events. Drawing inspiration from cinema, science fiction, cybernetics, and the avant-garde, Parreno works with sounds, images, lighting and programming to bring to life a proliferation of phantasmagoria, ghosts, automata and absences. By folding and re-folding space and time Parreno extends the exhibition experience and radically challenges our notions of reality, memory and the passage of time.

In 2013, for Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, Parreno was the first artist to take over the entire Palais de Tokyo in Paris, transforming the gallery using objects, music, lights, and films to guide the visitor’s experience; and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp (2012) ) his orchestration of live and pre-recorded sound activated the artworks of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Marcel Duchamp in concert with live dance performances.

He is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious annual Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall at London’s premiere contemporary art gallery, Tate Modern, which is open until 2 April 2017.

Parreno has exhibited five times at the Venice Biennale and previous solo shows have been held at Tate Modern, London, The Park Avenue Armory (New York), Pirelli HangarBiccoca (Milan), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia), The Barbican (London), and the Serpentine Gallery (London) among others. His works are held in the collections of Centre  Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kanazawa Museum of the 21st Century, Japan; MoMA, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Philippe Parreno is represented by Air de Paris, Paris, Pilar Corrias, London, Barbara Gladstone, New York and Brussels, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, and 1301 PE, Los Angeles.