By Culturekiosque Staff
PARIS, 3 JANUARY 2014 Given a free hand, French artist and
filmmaker Philippe Parreno has transformed the Palais de Tokyo
into an artwork in its own right.
Manipulating symbols, words and sounds to achieve changes in
perception, the art deco building of the Palais de Tokyo becomes
a constantly evolving organism, whose architecture Parreno has
physically altered both permanently and temporarily.
The use of visual and sonic effects guide the visitor through the
space. At the core of the exhibition (until 12 January 2014), is
Parreno's poetic use of Stravinskys famous
Petrushka, which divides his exhibition into different
movements, into different scenes. Each of the movements that constitute
Stravinskys score, performed here by pianist Mikhail Rudy, announce an
event in the exhibition. The entire exhibition is thus orchestrated and
punctuated by the ghost, the spirit of Petrushka, a puppet who turns the
exhibition into an automaton.
Parreno: Anywhere, Anywhere, Out Of The World
Palais de Tokyo,
Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue, 2013 (detail).
Movements from Petrushka act as the soundtrack to the path
that Parreno proposes to visitors, through works, old and new. They can
encounter the ghost of Marilyn Monroe; see live images of a black garden
in Portugal (C.H.Z.); hear the ghostly footsteps of dancers from the Merce Cunningham
Dance Company; witness black snow fall as a piano plays of its own
accord (by Liam Gillick); meet the character Annlee incarnated as a real
little girl who poses questions to the audience (a work by Tino Sehgal as
part of Parreno and Pierre Huyghe's No Ghost Just a Shell
series); walk along a street lit by flashing marquees; watch Zinedine
Zidane from seventeen different vantage points on seventeen different
screens in a feature length film co-directed with Douglas Gordon; and
discover a secret passageway in Dominique Gonzalez-Foersters
Bibliotheque Clandestine leading into a room of drawings by John Cage and Merce
Cunningham, a reenactment of the 2002 exhibition No Fixed Point.
Parreno recasts the building, an operation he orchestrates in
collaboration with set designer Randall Peacock and sound designer Nicolas
Based in Paris, Philippe Parreno rose to prominence in the 1990s,
earning critical acclaim for his work, which employs a diversity of media
including film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text. Taking the
exhibition as a medium, Parreno seeks to redefine the exhibition
experience by exploring its possibilities as a coherent object.
Philippe Parreno: Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the
Through 12 January 2014
Le Palais de Tokyo
avenue du Président Wilson
Tel: (33) 1
47 23 54 01
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