Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno studied at École des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, and Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He lives and works in Paris, France. Parreno is a French artist who rose to prominence in the 1990s, earning critical acclaim for his work that spans a diversity of media, including film, sculpture, drawing, and text. 

Parreno radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking the exhibition itself as a medium and placing its construction at the heart of his process. Exploring the possibilities of the exhibition as a coherent “object” rather than as a collection of individual works makes it into a true open space, a format that differs on each occasion, and a frame for things to appear and disappear. Parreno conceives his exhibitions as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds. He seeks to transform the exhibition visit into a singular experience that plays with spatial and temporal boundaries and the sensory experience of the visitor, who is guided through the space by the orchestration of sound and image. For the artist, the exhibition is less a total work of art than a necessary interdependence that offers an ongoing series of open possibilities.

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