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.

Timeline

1962
Born in Paris
1982–1985
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
1999–2000
DAAD, Artists in Residence, Berlin, Germany
2001
Special Award, Jury of the Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2002
Hugo Boss Prize
2005
Art Awards 2005 Beaux-Arts Magazine (prize for the best French artist)
2010
Contemporary Artist Award, Smithsonian American Art Museum
2013
Roswitha Haftmann Preis
Currently lives and works in Paris and New York

Exhibitions

2010
La saison des fetes, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain
2008
Bernard Bazile, Pierre Huyghe, John Knight, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
2007
Celebration Park, Reykyavik Art Museum, Reykyavik, Iceland(solo)
2007
Celebration Park, MUSAC, Castilla y León, Spain (solo)
2007
Silence, Gigantic ArtSpace, Tribeca, New York, NY, USA
2007
In Cima Alle Stelle, Fort de Bard, Italy
2007
Airs de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2007
52nd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2006
The Projection Project, Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium
2006
Construyendo el mundo / Building the World, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
2006
Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
2006
Intouchable, l’idéal transparence, Villa Arson, Nice, France
2006
Where Are We going? Selections from the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2006
The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2006
Celebration Park, Tate Modern, London, Great Britain (solo)
2006
Celebration Park, ARC, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
2006
This is not a time for dreaming, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2006
Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2006
Do the Right Bling, SM’s, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
2006
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
2006
CUT/Film as Found Object, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, USA
2006
Music For People, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Great Britain
2005
FUSION, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla Y León, Leon, Spain
2005
Public Art Fund, Central Park, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2005
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2005
Streamside Day, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2004
Working Title, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (solo)
2004
Streamside Day, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (solo)
2004
In the Belly of Anarchitect (with Rirkrit Tiravanija and Pamela M. Lee), Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
2004
One Million + Kingdoms, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, USA (solo)
2003
Streamside Day Follies, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, NY, USA (solo)