Pierre Huyghe (French, b.1962) is a Conceptual artist, filmmaker, and philosopher. Born in Paris, he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Huyghe has become known for his works that explore themes of pleasure, adventure, and celebration. Through exhibitions, films, and public performances, he creates situations that examine the boundary between reality and fantasy. His work ranges from expeditions to Antarctica to small-town parades and model amusement parks, often addressing social topics such as spectacle and mass media and the search for utopia.
Huyghe has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including a DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999–2000) and a Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale in 2001, where he represented France, as well as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2002, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award in 2010, and the Roswitha Haftmann Preis in 2013.
He has had solo exhibitions at important institutions around the world, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 2014; the Centre Pompidou in Paris between 2013 and 2014; the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City in 2012; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010; the Tate Modern in London in 2006; the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 2005; the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin in 2004; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 2003; the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 2001; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2000; and the Musée d''Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1998.
Huyghe currently lives and works in Paris and New York.