November 10, 2009 - Irish Museum of Modern Art - Philippe Parreno
November 10, 2009

Philippe Parreno

Philippe Parreno, The Boy from Mars, 2003. 35 MM transferred to High Definition video, Dolby Digital 5.0 stereo with musical score by Devendra Banhart, Edition 3 of 4, 11min 40sec. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2007.

Philippe Parreno

4 November 2009 – 24 January 2010

Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8
Tel: +353-1-612 9900
Email: info [​at​]

Following the exhibition .all Hawaii eNtrées / luNar reggae co-curated by Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, at IMMA in 2006, IMMA presents Philippe Parreno: November, a major solo exhibition and overview of Parreno’s work to date. November comprises some 15 mixed-media works ranging from such seminal films as The Boy from Mars to installations such as Speech Bubbles. This exhibition is not merely a survey of previous works but is seen by Parreno as an opportunity to revisit and even refabricate older works in order to transform the gallery spaces at IMMA.

The exhibition questions notions of time, reality and representation, as well as exhibition-making and performance. Parreno questions the architecture of the museum’s building, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, using the space of the museum as a script that unfolds with its own story and interacts with the pieces chosen. The title itself, November, is a starting point for injecting life and energy into an exhibition in which all works have been remastered. The exhibition then has an underlying theme of memory, and of how we perceive the artworks in their new incarnations.

Parreno’s work develops from different sources ranging across art theory, philosophy, science fiction, popular culture and film, and adopting many different forms such as installation, performance, photography, drawing, sculpture and film. His practice is rooted in Conceptual Art and is highly experimental, dealing with issues surrounding the presentation of art, and also its interpretation and meaning. Parreno also questions the concept of authorship and has worked in collaboration with many artists. He belongs to a generation of highly influential artists from the 1990s, including Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Jorge Pardo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon and Carsten Höller.

Born in Oran, Algeria, in 1964, Philippe Parreno lives and works in Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include Il Tempo Del Postino: A Group Show (with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Opera House, Manchester (2007), Le Cri ultrasonic de l’écureuil (with Ronn Lucas), Studio 28, Paris, France (2006); The Boy From Mars, Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA), Kitakyushu, Japan (2006); Fade Away, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2004) and No Ghost Just a Shell (with Pierre Huyghe), Rosa de la Cruz Collection, Miami (2003). Recent collaborative exhibitions include Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait (with Douglas Gordon), Magasin 3, Stockholm (2008); Briannnnnn & Ferryyyyyy/Law Creativity (with Liam Gillick), Kunsthalle Zürich; Konsthall Malmo and Vamiali’s Athens (2006) and Rirkrit Tiravanija: No Vitrines, No Museums, No Artists, just a lot of People (with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Pierre Huyghe and Maurizio Nannucci), Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venice (2004).

The exhibition is an international collaboration between Kunsthalle, Zürich; Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Bard College, New York, where it will be shown in Spring 2010. For each venue Parreno has created different exhibitions in close dialogue with the curator.

Two publications accompany the exhibition, a comprehensive survey catalogue of Philippe Parreno’s work, and a companion children’s book, Parade?, produced by Centre Pompidou Editions and JRP Ringier.

The exhibition is supported by L’Ambassade de France en Ireland and Cultures France.

Admission is free.

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
except Wednesday: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5.30pm
Mondays, 24 – 26 Dec & 28 Dec: Closed

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