Philippe Parreno orchestrates his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo along the lines of a dramatic composition where the spectral presence of objects, music, lights, and films guide and manipulate the visitor’s experience, offering a journey through his works, both old and new, transforming this monologue into a polyphony. Philippe Parreno plays with symbols, words, and sounds, to alter the visitor’s perception of the space. His meticulously mastered script metamorphoses the building itself into a quasi-living, perpetually evolving organism, into an automaton.
Since the 1990s, Philippe Parreno’s reputation has been built on his work’s originality and on the diversity and variety of his practice, including film, sculpture, performance, drawing, and writing. He views the exhibition as a medium, an object in its own right, an experience whose every possibility he seeks to explore.
The Palais de Tokyo is one of the few spaces in which such an experience of these epic proportions experience can occur. Parreno will be the first artist invited to occupy the entirety of the Palais de Tokyo’s expanded space of 22,000 square metres.
Philippe Parreno lives and works in Paris.