Still from ‘Untitled (Human Mask)’ (2014) © Pierre Huyghe. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Anna Lena Films, Paris

Pierre Huyghe at Punta della Dogana in Venice

Oct 20, 2023

Curated by Anne Stenne, the exhibition will be on view 17 March through 24 November 2024

Next year in Venice, Pierre Huyghe will unveil a major new exhibition featuring a large group of works, including a selection from the Pinault Collection, conceived with curator Anne Stenne. 

For Pierre Huyghe, the ritual of the exhibition is an encounter with a sentient milieu that generates new possibilities of interdependence between events and elements that unfold. His works are conceived as speculative fictions and are often presented as a continuity of several forms of intelligence that learn, modify and evolve during the exhibition.

Pierre Huyghe, Of Ideal, 2019 – ongoing © Pierre Huyghe. Courtesy of the artist, TARO NASU, Marian Goodman Gallery and Hauser and Wirth. Photo: Ola Rindal

Pierre Huyghe, After UUmwelt, 2021 © Pierre Huyghe. Courtesy of the artist, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ola Rindal

His largest exhibition to date, Huyghe will transform Punta Della Dogana – Pinault Collection into a dynamic environment—a transitory state, whose time and space, as well as everything that enters, visible or invisible, are constituents of the works.

The exhibition is a site of formation of subjectivities, either without body or embodied, that circulate and manifest themselves in unpredictable ways through the works, which become sentient relays. An unknown language is invented here, endless and with no addressee, and inhabits voices, gestures, images and generates new real or fictional situations.

Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead, 2017 © Pierre Huyghe. Courtesy of the artist, Esther Schipper, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ola Rindal

Populated by inhuman, human, and non-human entities, affected by natural and artificial phenomena, the exhibition explores, in real time, the conditions for different entities to coexist, or hybridize, without hierarchical distinction or specific determination.

A major figure in questioning the relationship to non-human in art, Pierre Huyghe adopts, from his earliest work, a perspective other than human—inhuman—to reveal something beyond our comprehension, beyond our possibility of experiencing it. Pierre Huyghe challenges our perception of reality and by constructing other possible, proposes to become foreign to ourselves.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul, which will host an exhibition of Pierre Huyghe in 2025.

Pierre Huyghe. Photo: Ola Rindal

Anne Stenne

Pierre Huyghe (born in 1962, Paris) lives and works in Santiago, Chile. His work is internationally known and presented in various exhibitions around the world. Recent exhibitions include Chimera, EMMA, Espoo (2023); Variants, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker (2022); After UUmwelt, Luma Foundation, Arles (2021); UUmwelt, Serpentine Gallery, London (2018); After ALife Ahead in Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); The Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum, New York (2015). In 2012, his work Untilled was one of the most critically acclaimed contributions to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel.

Anne Stenne (born in 1983, France) is an independent curator. Establishing a long-standing relationship with artists, she has closely worked with Pierre Huyghe since 2014. Her recent curatorial projects with him are Chimera, EMMA, Espoo (2023); Variants, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker (2022); After UUmwelt, Luma Foundation, Arles (2021).