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 Pierre Huyghes  (1962 - )

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: film, video, public interventions

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Pierre Huyghe (born 11 September 1962) is a French artist who works in a variety of media from film and video to public interventions. He won the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum in 2002.

Pierre Huyghe was born in Paris in 1962 and trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. In 2001, Huyghe represented France at the Venice Biennale, where his pavilion, entitled Le Château de Turing, won a special prize from the international jury. In 2002, Huyghe won the Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum and exhibited several works there the following year. In 2004 he participated in "A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water" the 5th Gwangju Biennale.

In 2006, Huyghe's film A Journey That Wasn't was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in New York, and at the re-opening of ARC/MAM and Tate Modern. In 2008, Pierre Huyghe became a professor of art and philosophy at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Much of Huyghe's work examines the structural properties of film and its problematic relationship to reality. His work frequently mixes fact with fiction. In several projects, he has delved into the personal lives of subjects and actors in film.

His two-channel video The Third Memory (1999), first exhibited in a museum context at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Renaissance Society in Chicago, takes as its starting point Sidney Lumet's 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino in the role of the bank robber John Wojtowicz. Huyghe's video reconstructs the set of Lumet's film, but he allows Wojtowicz himself, now a few dozen years older and out of jail, to tell the story of the robbery. Huyghe juxtaposes images from the reconstruction with footage from Dog Day Afternoon, demonstrating that Wojtowicz's memory has been irrevocably altered by the film about his life.

In 1999, in collaboration with Philippe Parreno, Hughye purchased the rights to a manga figure who they named 'Annlee' for $428. They invited other artists including Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Rirkrit Tiravanija to produce animated videos using Annlee.  After several exhibitions, they transferred the character's copyright to the Annlee Association—a legal entity owned by Annlee, thus ensuring her simultaneous freedom and death.

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"Pierre Huyghe", Wikipedia, //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Huyghe (Accessed 8/2/2013)


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