Tarrawarra International 2015: Pierre Huyghe

Pierre Huyghe A Journey That Wasn’t 2005The first major Australian solo exhibition by internationally renowned contemporary French artist Pierre Huyghe is currently being presented at TarraWarra Museum of Art until 22 November 2015.

Recently featured in major exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pierre Huyghe’s (b. 1962, Paris) work includes films, photography, sculpture, installation and living elements, including ants and spiders.

“This is an exhibition about time: geological time, historical time, subjective time, non-human time, and the time of art,” said the co-­curators Victoria Lynn, Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, and Amelia Barikin, author of Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe.

It’s the second exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context and Huyghe’s extraordinary projects will occupy the entire gallery at TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Exhibition highlights include the mesmerising L’Expédition Scintillante Acte 2 Untitled (Light Box), 2002, – a hallucinatory display of light, smoke and sound; Umwelt (2011) – in which living spiders and ants inhabit the gallery, and several of Huyghe’s critically acclaimed films including A Way in Untilled (2012) – shot on site during Huyghe’s dOCUMENTA (13) project in Kassel; and A Journey That Wasn’t (2005) which traces Huyghe’s journey to Antarctica in search of a rare albino penguin.

The curatorial starting point for the exhibition is Huyghe’s founding of The Association of Freed Time in 1995, a collaborative proposal for liberating temporal horizons. At TarraWarra, Huyghe’s projects are envisioned as a series of temporal excavations, highlighting art’s potential to generate science-­fictional time zones and develop alternate human and non-­human chronologies.

“Pierre Huyghe collapses art and nature into an intriguing journey through light and dark, sound and music, installation and film taking us to mysterious and poetic horizons,” says Victoria Lynn. “Huyghe’s projects transport us to an ‘elsewhere’, while intensifying the conditions of the present moment. They cannot be consumed instantly. This is one reason why they are so politically and emotionally affective.”

Tarrawarra International 2015: Pierre Huyghe
Tarrwarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
Exhibition continues to 22 November 2015
Entry fees apply

For more information, visit: www.twma.com.au for details.

Image: Pierre Huyghe, A Journey That Wasn’t, 2005 super 16mm and HD video transferred to HD Digital Disc, colour, sound 21:41 min, Ed. 7 + 2 AP – courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York