Following the first part of Pierre Huyghe’s exhibition series Pierre Huyghe – The Untilled Host (June 25th – September 26th), the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is pleased to launch its second part Pierre Huyghe – Part II. 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 Part II, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents two works by Pierre Huyghe belonging to its collection: A Journey That Wasn’t (2005) and Creature (2005-2011). 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 ; Meditation Hall, The Land, Model, 2003-2008 ; Streamside Day, 2003 ; I do not own 4’33”, 2006 ; The Host and the Cloud, 2009-2010 ; Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt), 2012 ; A Way in Untilled, 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.
A Journey That Wasn’t (2005) and Creature (2005-2011) are two outcomes born from the expedition that Pierre Huyghe undertook in Antarctica with a team of artists and scientists, searching for a new island reportedly inhabited by an albino penguin. The artist transformed the topography of the island into a field of light and sound, producing a musical score performed in the same year by a symphonic orchestra in New York.
About Pierre Huyghe - Untilled Host
The first part of the exhibition, Pierre Huyghe – Untilled Host (June 25th – September 26th), presented two works by Pierre Huyghe belonging to Fondation Louis Vuitton collection: The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) and A Way in Untilled (2012).
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 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 Journey That Wasn’t, 2005
Super 16mm film and HD video transferred to HD video, color, sound (21min 43s)
Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton
Pierre Huyghe – Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York/Paris
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Penguin in fiberglass, synthetic fur, sound
Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton
Exhibition view, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2016
Photo: Jérémie Souteyrat
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