Hyundai Artlab

Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno

Tate
2016
Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen
© Philippe Parreno Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys)

Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen

October 4 2016 – April 2 2017, Tate Modern

About the Exhibition

Philippe Parreno’s work entitled Anywhen transformed Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall into an experience that plays with time and space, guiding the public through constantly changing st...

Philippe Parreno’s work entitled Anywhen transformed Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall into an experience that plays with time and space, guiding the public through constantly changing stages of light, sound and moving elements. Anywhen was the first commission at Tate after the opening of the Blavatnick Building and it responded to the Turbine Hall’s new position at the centre of the museum, an open space connected to the city itself and free for the public to enter from many different levels and directions. As if on a walk through an urban park, visitors to Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen encountered events, movements and images that appeared and disappeared over time. Conceived in dialogue with other visual artists and practitioners, Anywhen presented itself as an instrument; the hall's lights were controlled and activated, a moving light casted shadows throughout the hall and a large central ‘marquee’ (a canopy covered in lights) hung suspended over the Turbine Hall bridge along with the changing soundscape that broadcast from various sources, blurring the sense of inside and outside, public and private, natural and technological. Vertical and horizontal acoustic panels, a screen, a grid of speakers and a projector came together in different configurations, and from time to time presented a film featuring a stage ventriloquist and underwater creatures.

Philippe Parreno (born in Oran, Algeria, in 1964) explores the borders between reality and fiction and is known for investigating and redefining the gallery-going experience. Parreno sees his exhibitions as choreographed spaces that follow a score, during which a series of different events unfold. He treats exhibitions as one coherent whole rather than a series of objects within a space and collaborates with many visual artists as well as musicians, architects, scientists and writers. His work is represented in museum collections including Tate, and Centre Pompidou. He was the first artist to occupy the entirety of the gallery’s expanded space of 22,000 square meters at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2013 and in recent years has held exhibitions at Martin Gropius Bau (2018), Art Institute Chicago (2018), Hangar Bicocca (2015), and Park Avenue Armory (2017).

Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno was curated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern with Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.