Philippe Parreno. Photo-Matthias Willi.

A key artist of his generation, Philippe Parreno has radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking it as a medium and placing its construction at the heart of his process. Working in a diverse range of me- dia including film, sculpture, drawing, and text, Parreno conceives his exhibitions as a scripted space where a series of events un- fold. 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. For the artist, the exhibition is less a total work of art than a necessary interdependence that offers an ongoing series of open pos- sibilities.

Often described as “immersive”, Parreno’s exhibitions introduce each precise element (a light sculpture, a film, a piece of music) that enforce the durational aspect of the exhibition asking the viewer to slow down, at times to sit down, and concentrate on each particular work, ultimately bringing each individual element into relation with another.

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