Paris

Pierre Huyghe, Zoodram 4, 2011, living marine ecosystem, aquarium, filtration system, resin mask, 30 x 53 x 39". Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli.

Pierre Huyghe, Zoodram 4, 2011, living marine ecosystem, aquarium, filtration system, resin mask, 30 x 53 x 39". Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli.

Paris

Pierre Huyghe

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
September 25, 2013–January 6, 2014

Curated by Emma Lavigne

Since he is part of a generation of artists generally skeptical of retrospective endeavors, it is perhaps remarkable that Pierre Huyghe has agreed to the rules of the career survey. But the Centre Pompidou is expected to adjust its institutional framework in turn to accommodate Huyghe’s complex practice. Those familiar with the French artist’s activity know that he will inevitably enact some portion of his show hors champ and may involve any number of the organisms—dogs, bees, microbes—that have lately proliferated in his work. This will be a genuine retrospective to the extent that Huyghe will reassemble the various threads of his oeuvre to create a legible scenography, but he still intends to question the very notion of the exhibition and its audience, “presenting,” as he puts it, “an ensemble of constructions” for use in a near future while leaving aside “the tools that will shortly become obsolete.”

Travels to the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Apr. 11–July 13, 2014; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov. 23, 2014–Mar. 8, 2015.