Pierre Huyghe

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Pierre Huyghe
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Pierre Huyghe gallery installation, 2006
Born (1962-09-11) September 11, 1962 (age 52)
Paris, France
Education École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
Movement Relational art
Awards Hugo Boss Prize (2002)

Pierre Huyghe (born 11 September 1962) is a French artist who works in a variety of media from film and video to public interventions.[1] He won the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum in 2002.[2] He lives and works in Paris.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Pierre Huyghe was born in Paris in 1962 and grew up in one of the city's suburbs. His father was a pilot for Air France. He was trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.


Much of Huyghe's work examines the structural properties of film and its problematic relationship to reality. His work frequently mixes fact with fiction.[4] In several projects, he has delved into the personal lives of subjects and actors in film.

Third Memory[edit]

His two-channel video The Third Memory (1999), first exhibited in a museum context at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Renaissance Society in Chicago, takes as its starting point Sidney Lumet's 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon,[5] starring Al Pacino in the role of the bank robber John Wojtowicz. Huyghe's video reconstructs the set of Lumet's film, but he allows Wojtowicz himself, now a few dozen years older and out of jail, to tell the story of the robbery. Huyghe juxtaposes images from the reconstruction with footage from Dog Day Afternoon, demonstrating that Wojtowicz's memory has been irrevocably altered by the film about his life.[6]

No Ghost Just A Shell[edit]

In 1999, in collaboration with Philippe Parreno, Hughye purchased the rights to a manga figure who they named 'Annlee' for $428.[7] They invited other artists including Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Rirkrit Tiravanija to produce animated videos using Annlee.[8] After several exhibitions, they transferred the character's copyright to the Annlee Association—a legal entity owned by Annlee, thus ensuring her simultaneous freedom and death.[9]

Other collaborations[edit]

In 2013, Hughye contributed an aquarium that sustains an ecosystem of giant hermit crabs and floating rocks to fellow artist Piero Golia's Mountain School of Arts.[10]


In 2008, Huyghe became a professor of art and philosophy at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.[1]


Huyghe has had numerous international solo exhibitions at such venues as the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2012); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2010); Tate Modern, London (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003); the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002); the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000); and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998).

He has also participated in a number of international art shows, including Documenta XI (2002), XIII (2012); the Istanbul Biennial (1999); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1999); Manifesta 2, Luxembourg (1998); the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1997); and the Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon (1995).[11] In 2001, Huyghe represented France at the Venice Biennale, where his pavilion, entitled Le Château de Turing, won a special prize from the international jury. In 2004 he participated in "A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water" the 5th Gwangju Biennale. In 2006, Huyghe's film A Journey That Wasn't was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York, and at the re-opening of ARC/MAM and Tate Modern.

Huyghe is represented by Xavier Hufkens and the Marian Goodman Gallery in both New York and Paris.[12]


Huyghe was the recipient of a DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999-2000), the Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Smithsonian American Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010), and the Roswitha Haftmann Preis Award (2013).[13] In 2002, Huyghe won the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum and exhibited several works there the following year.



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