Philippe Parreno embraces the Rockbund architecture !

Philippe Parreno embraces the Rockbund architecture !

For his first art project in China, Philippe Parreno, internationally acclaimed for his unique oeuvre, embraces the architecture and the operation of the Rockbund Art Museum.

He infiltrates the functional “reality” of the building in order to develop unexpected events to happen through the use of blinds, screens, lights, sounds, photographs and cinematographic images. Philippe Parreno reveals / subverts the established codes of exhibition, theater, choreography and cinema.

Moreover, it engages the visitors into a full range of contradictory physical, emotional and conceptual experiences (opacity, dazzling, immersion, frustration, critical distance), that make the visitor aware about the “traps” of visual art formats as well as it raises new experiences of the image as an on-going development.

There is always something going unstable or displaced in the art projects of Philippe Parreno, as if disorder was a method for new possibilities of making and seeing the picture. It is also fundamental to consider how Philippe Parreno’s artworks are never definitively fixed, either achieved or newly produced, since they will always be part of an evolving process of change and extension. Thus Philippe Parreno’s exhibitions are experienced, not as a result or a sum of objects and images, but rather as an entire art creation that unfolds, explores emotions and ideas.

A key artist of his generation, Philippe Parreno radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking it as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. Working in a diverse range of media including film, sculpture, drawing, and text, Parreno conceives his exhibitions as a scripted space where a series of events unfold. 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. Based in Paris, France, Parreno has exhibited and published internationally. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble from 1983 - 1988 and at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en arts plastiques at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris from 1988 -1989.

Parreno was awarded the prestigious 2016 Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern Turbine Hall, titled Anywhen the commission received international acclaim. Parreno was also the first artist to take over the entire 22,000 square metre gallery space at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris with his exhibition Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World which opened in October 2013. Major exhibitions of Parreno’s work include: Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2017); ACMI, Melbourne (2016/17); Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2015), Park Avenue Armory, New York (2015), CAC Malaga (2014), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2013); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2013); Fondation Beyeler (2012); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2012); The Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Witte de With (2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); Kunsthalle Zurich (2009); CCA Kitakyoshu, Japan (2006); Kunsthalle Zürich (2006); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2003); Musée D’Art Moderne de le Ville de Paris (2002), and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2001).


08.07.2017 - 11.09.2017


Rockbund Art Museum

20 Huqiu Road

Huangpu district, Shanghai, Shanghai


Phone : +86 21-3310 9985






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