Born 1962, Paris, France
Lives and works in Paris
Pierre Huyghe, L’Ellipse, 1998, three-part video projection, 13 minutes, installation dimensions variable
|Called L’Ellipse, Pierre Huyghe’s video installation consists of an extended panoramic screen bearing three projections shown in sequence from left to right. The left and right ends of the screen are clips from Wim Wenders’s 1977 film, The American Friend. The center screen displays an episode using the film’s original actor, Bruno Ganz, but created by Huyghe years later. This insertion is an ellipsis, a "fill" in a cinematic time gap, that connects the two original scenes to form one continuous real-time sequence. Huyghe’s intervention forms a juncture where art and life, fiction and reality, and past and present intersect.||
Pierre Huyghe’s video projects have been presented in international exhibitions since 1994, including Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (1995); Trade Routes: History and Geography. 2nd Johannesburg Biennale and Europarte, 47th Venice Biennale (1997); Sydney Biennial and Manifesta 2: European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg (1998); and 48th Venice Biennale (1999). His work has also appeared in group shows in Europe and the United States, including Shift, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (1995); Traffic, CapcMusée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux (1996); At One Remove, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, Identités, Nouveau Musée-Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, and Coïncidences, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1997); and Premises, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, Voices, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, and Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, and Fast Forward, Kunstverein, Hamburg (1998). Huyghe’s first solo exhibition was held in 1995; since then his work has been presented at Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris (1996); Consortium, Dijon (1997); and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998).
1982-84 École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
Millet, Catherine. “Pierre Huyghe: Skinned Flicks.” Art Press, no. 227 (September 1997): 26Ð27.
Zahm, Olivier. “Openings: Pierre Huyghe.” Artforum 35, no. 7 (March 1997): 82Ð83.
Bourriaud, Nicolas. “Pierre Huyghe: Real-Time Human Relations.” Art Press, no. 219 (December 1996):48Ð52.
Europarte, 47th Venice Biennale (1997). Exhibition catalogue, text by Tierry Ollat.