The artistic propositions of Pierre Huyghe mainly refer to cinematographic images. In his works he analyses the relationship of cinema to time and space, to the spectator and the collective memory, reality and fiction, performance and authorship. In 1997, he founded the production company Anna Sanders Films and, in 2000, purchased the rights to a manga character called Ann Lee. Since then, she has appeared in several of his films and installations, as well in several by fellow artists. Huyghe’s best known works include Multi-Language Versions (Atlantic FRA/GB/D-1929) from 1997 (in which he simultaneously presents three versions of the same silent movie), 1998’s L’Ellipse (for which he filmed a missing scene from Wim Wenders’ film The American Friend, with the actor Bruno Ganz who starred in the original) and The Third Memory (1999), for which he reconstructed the décor from Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. More recently, Huyghe has introduced elements such as puppet theatres, town parades and model amusement parks into his works.
Recent solo exhibitions include El Dia del Ojo, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2012), Streamside Day, CaixaForum, Barcelona (2011) and The Host and the Cloud, a live experience at The National Museum of Art and Popular Traditions in Paris (2009-10). His work was included in Documenta in 2012.
Pierre Huyghe was born in Paris in 1962. He lives and works in Paris and New York.
curated by Michèle Lachowsky
and Joël Benzakin
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels