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Philippe Parreno, The Crowd, 2015 (film still) © Philippe Parreno, Courtesy Pilar Corrias, Barbara Gladstone, Esther Schipper


ACMI Presents

Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts

6 Dec - 13 Mar

For his first solo exhibition in Australia, Philippe Parreno activates a singular retrospective of his filmic works as a cinematic ensemble in which the artist’s films play with temporal and spatial boundaries, guiding the visitor through a complex journey of images, duration, memory, and the passage of time. Controlled live by a gallery technician, no one visit is ever the same.

  • Since 1988, when his first film Fleurs (1987) was presented as a background for a weather broadcast on French television, Philippe Parreno has sought to redefine the exhibition experience. Working with the exhibition itself as a medium, Parreno explores its possibilities beyond the presentation of individual works to create scripted spaces within which a series of events unfolds.

    Parreno is a collaborative artist whose practice encompasses film, sculpture, drawing, and text. The dialogic nature of his work is evident in the films and exhibitions that have been produced through collaboration with artists, architects, musicians, composers and philosophers. Through work that draws on cinema, science fiction, architecture, the phantasmagorical, and the natural, Parreno merges reality and fiction to produce exhibitions that radically challenge our notions of reality, memory and the passage of time.

    Artist Biography

    Parreno graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble (1988), and the Institute des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique at the Palais de Tokyo (1989). He has held major exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2015-16), The Park Avenue Armory, New York (2015), The Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2013/14), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2013), The Serpentine Gallery, London (2010), and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009). Philippe Parreno is represented by Air de Paris, Paris, Pilar Corrias, London, Barbara Gladstone New York and Brussels, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, and 1301 PE, Los Angeles. Parreno's work is also currently on display at the Walker Art Centre.

    Atelier Philippe Parreno: directed by Marie Auvity with Elsa Beaudouin

    Sound Design: Nicolas Becker

    Original additional music from: The Visiting, a collective of musicians composed of Nicolas Becker, Cengis Hartlap, Agoria, Rob Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Stefan Smith, Lucy Railton, Nik Void , Gabriel Gurnsey and Jacques Auberger.

    Show Control Design: Johan Lescure

    ACMI gratefully acknowledges the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation and the Institut français for their generous support for this exhibition.

    Thenabouts was conceived alongside Parreno's triumphant new commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, Anywhen. 

    Download the catalogue of works featured in the exhibition