JUNE 25TH 2016 – JANUARY 9TH 2017


The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is pleased to launch Pierre Huyghe – Untilled Host. The exhibition is produced in the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” curatorial initiatives that showcase previously unseen holdings of its collection at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Munich, Venice, Beijing, and Tokyo, thus carrying out the Fondation’s intent to realize international projects and make them accessible to a broader public.

Taking the exhibition and its ritual as an object in itself, Pierre Huyghe has worked to change the paradigm of this encounter, exploring the possibility of this dynamic experience. He constructs time-based situation, a self-generating network in which emergence and rhythm are indeterminate and exist beyond our presence.

For the exhibition Pierre Huyghe - Untilled Host, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents two works by Pierre Huyghe belonging to its collection: The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) and A Way in Untilled (2012). The selection and presentation of these works have been achieved in close collaboration with the artist from the Fondation’s important collection of his works, including: Les Grands Ensembles, 1994-2001 ; Silent Score, 1997 ; L’Expédition Scintillante Acte II, 2002 ; Mediation Hall, The Land, Model, 2003-2008 ; Streamside Day, 2003 ; A Journey That Wasn’t, 2005 ; Creature, 2005-2011 ; I do not own 4’33“, 2006 ; Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt), 2012 ; Untitled (Human Mask), 2014 ; Cambrian Explosion 10, 2014.

A major figure in the international scene, Pierre Huyghe embodies in his work the mechanisms of exhibition, its celebration, the presence of animal and human bodies, and the intensive quest in which he searches for his own identity. The Fondation Louis Vuitton has been particularly engaged with the artist, showcasing his work in its inaugural exhibition in October 2014.

The film The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) happened in a disused ethnographic museum located in a former human and animal zoo. An experiment unfolds over the course of one year. Navigating through history within the museum, a group of people is under influences and exposed to live situations that appear accidentally, simultaneously, or without any sense of order. Nothing that takes place is staged. Alongside, A Way in Untilled (2012) happens in the Karlsaue Park compost where artifacts, inanimate elements and living organisms, plants, animals, human beings, bacteria are left without culture, and indifferent to our presence. The set of operations that occurs has no script. Particular elements, images leak in a contingent reality – physical, biological, mineral – and grow without us.

About the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is an institution that serves the public interest dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and artists, as well as 20th century works to which their inspirations can be traced. The Fondation’s own collection and the exhibitions it organizes seek to engage a broad public. The building created by architect Frank Gehry constitutes the seminal artistic statement by the Fondation. This building is already recognized as an emblematic example of 21st century architecture. A year after its opening, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has welcomed more than a million visitors from France and around the world.
From its opening in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton announced that it would engage in international initiatives, both at the Fondation and in partnership with public and private institutions, including other foundations and museums. The Fondation itself has cultural spaces devoted exclusively to exhibitions of works from its collection in Munich, Venice, Beijing and Tokyo. The Fondation is responsible for the artistic direction of these Espaces Culturels Louis Vuitton. The exhibitions they organize are open to the public free of charge, and their programs are promoted through specific cultural communication.


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.


A Way in Untilled, 2012

Film, color, sound, 14 min.
Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton

Film still
Courtesy the artist

Untilled, 2011–12
Alive entities and inanimate things, made and not made
Courtesy the artist.

The Host and the Cloud, 2010

Film, color, sound, 2h 1min 30s
Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton

Image from 31 October 2009. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris Photo by Ola Rindal

Image from 31 October 2009. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris Photo by Pierre Huyghe

©ADAGP, Paris 2016


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