Philippe Parreno: Hypothesis

22 Oct 2015 – 14 Feb 2016

Pirelli HangarBiccoca

Lombardy, Italy


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Philippe Parreno is one of the most significant French artists of the past two decades. Throughout his work, which includes film, sculpture, performance and text, the artist questions the very concept of exhibition. Confounding traditional paradigms tied to exhibition space he introduces the concept of time with actions typically associated with the performance arts. Exchange and participation are two fundamental aspects of Parreno’s oeuvre: the various figures with whom he has collaborated over the years include artists, musicians, architects, and curators (such as Tino Sehgal, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Darius Khondji, Arto Lindsay, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija).

The exhibition at HangarBicocca is his first solo show in Italy, and it is conceived as a choreographed space following a precise script devised by Parreno. 

Hypothesis presents various works characterized by sound and light, including his iconic Marquees, executed starting 2007. Parreno’s most recent solo shows include: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (2012); The Garage Museum for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2014); Park Avenue Armory, New York (2015). He featured at the Lyon Biennale (1991, 1997, 2003, 2005) four times, seven at the Venice Biennale (1993, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015). Parreno has also co-curated numerous exhibitions, more recently “Solaris Chronicles” at the Luma Foundation, Arles (2014).

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