South likes: Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou, Paris

Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

South likes: Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou, Paris
Pierre Huyghe
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
25 September, 2013 – 6 January, 2014

One year after Pierre Huyghe’s “mystical biotope” of Documenta XIII, his first major retrospective is presented in the South gallery of Pompidou, featuring around 50 works and covering more than two decades of the artist’s activity. The walls and the banners of the previous exhibition, dedicated to Mikey Kelly, are still there, manifesting Huyghe’s decision to use the existent material and take over the space as it was, in order to a “live situation” rather than an exhibition. Sound, light, temperature, the pace of organic life (such as the movement of an animal), build the organic dimension of this projects, which reflects an uncontrollable, unexpected environment—an uncertain system devoted to “repetition, chemical reaction, reproduction, formation, and vitality”. The dog seen in Documenta is present as well, with its right paw painted in fuchsia pink color. At the same time, strange personalities wearing animal fur masks, from the piece La Toison d’Or (1993), make a ramble in the space. Lucy, the voice of the French Snow White tells her story while a statue with a beehive-head, extends this experience towards the exterior. Bees, spiders, ants and spineless creatures in aquariums produce “a world in itself, separate from us” and turn the visitor into a witness of this permanent osmosis.

Klea Charitou

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Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

Pierre Huyghe, Installation view, 2013, Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marina Fokidis

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