8 Juin 1968 – 7 Septembre 2009

Philippe Parreno
June 3 – September 7, 2009

Marquee, 2008 (suspended)

Acrylic glass, steelframe, light bulbs, neon tubes

 

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 (on ceiling; background)
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

No More Reality (end), 1993/2009 

Set of 34 puppets plus snow machine, plastic, plastic sticks 

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

No More Reality (end), 1993/2009

Set of 34 puppets plus snow machine, plastic, plastic sticks 

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

screen for

June 8, 1968, 2009 (suspended)
70 mm or DCP 2K anamorphic, 7:11 min

 

Fraught times, for eleven months of the year it’s an artwork and in December it’s Christmas, (October), 2009 (detail; left)
Cast painted aluminium, brass

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

June 8, 1968, 2009
70 mm or DCP 2K anamorphic, 7:11 min

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

June 8, 1968, 2009 
70 mm or DCP 2K anamorphic, 7:11 min

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Speech Bubbles (silver), 2009 
Silver Mylar foil (PET foil out of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate), helium

 

Fade To Black, 2009
Fluorescent ink on paper

 

31 janvier 1977, 2009 
Red carpet

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

Fade To Black, 2009 
Fluorescent ink on paper

 

Photo © Jean-Claude Planchet

8 Juin 1968 – 7 Septembre 2009

Philippe Parreno
Centre Pompidou, Paris
June 3 – September 7, 2009
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Offered a retrospective by the Centre Pompidou, Philippe Parreno has come up with a “journey through time,” a re-reading of his work by the artist himself that is articulated through three elements: the exhibition proper, the accompanying series of special events for young people, and the substantial catalogue. The exhibition occupies the Galerie Sud, a 1200 m² glass-walled space that is both full of light and integrally related to the city outside. Exploiting these features, Parreno avoids the use of internal partitions, the exhibition design being inspired by the notion of contextuality. Exhibited works and other events are organised around the projection on a vast screen of a 70mm film. Parreno clearly doesn’t see his retrospective as a simple accumulation of emblematic pieces. This is why he insists on the idea of a “journey through time,” hinging on key dates related to his work and development, among them 1968, the year of Robert Kennedy’s death; 1977, the opening of the Centre Pompidou; and 1997, the year of the artist’s own Speech Bubbles. Seeking as ever to escape the confinement of the gallery’s four walls, Parreno will invite young visitors to develop a series of children’s performances inspired by his past works. Every morning during the first month, primary school children and teenagers will present animations developed in workshops with the artist: a project entirely in accord with the Centre’s commitment, since its very beginnings, to promoting young people’s engagement with art. To accompany the exhibition, two books are to be published by Editions du Centre Pompidou. Parreno is a comprehensive and plentifully illustrated survey catalogue, including critical essays and the first complete list of the artist’s works from 1989 to 2008, while Parade? is a children’s tale written by Parreno and illustrated by Johan Olander. Visitors are welcomed by a large light sculpture specially made for the occasion that hangs above the entrance to the exhibition. Inspired by the marquee of the old American movie house, it advertises a film programme. And like the other elements of the exhibition, it is linked to a synchroniser that orchestrates the succession of events. On entering the exhibition space, one finds a new, red, version of Parreno’s Speech Bubbles (White) of 1997 – an installation of helium balloons in the form of wordless speech bubbles. Every ten minutes, the whole space is plunged into shadow by a system of automated curtains, these conditions offering an opportunity to discover a whole range of works, among them a 70mm film with its hyperrealist image. Parreno also modulates the light within the space by working with shadows. A transparent projection booth in glass appears as an outgrowth of the glazing designed by architects Piano and Rogers. Finally, the exhibition will also host a number of regular events. A Christmas tree in cast aluminium, entitled Fraught Time serves as the inspiration for performances by teenagers, with music specially written by London group The Monroe Transfer. Every morning between 11 and mid-day during the first month of the exhibition, Parreno’s No More Reality (suite et fin) of 1993 offers children an opportunity to make shadow theatre using marionettes based on posters of masterpieces of modern art, from Renoir to Matisse. And puppets based on New York illustrator Johan Olander’s monsters for Parreno’s Parade? – a children’s book published to go with the exhibition – will be used for a once-weekly event for primary school children.

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