Pierre Huyghe in Parcours

Art Basel 2018

Pierre Huyghe, Exomind, 2017, Concrete cast with wax hive, bee colony. © Pierre Huyghe. Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser & Wirth, London; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Chantal Crousel, Paris; Taro Nasu, Tokyo; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Photo credit: Kei Maeda.

Unlimited, Art Basel
14 – 17 June 2018

Exomind (Deep Water), 2017

A beehive grows on the head of a female figure, pollinating the surroundings.

Pierre Huyghe’s exhibitions are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic are self-organizing, co-evolving in a dynamic and unstable mesh.

In Documenta 13, Huyghe presented ‘Untilled’ (2011-2012), a live, constructed ecosystem. Within it, lying in the mud of a compost, a statue with the head covered by a beehive was a part of a wider set of operations occurring without control and under their own conditions.

In ‘Exomind’ (2017), among the living entities inhabiting a sandy hill in the the forest of Dazaifu, Japan, the beehive covering the head of a new female statue, as an exo-mind in endless formation, is growing by pollinating other living symbols. It constantly modifies itself in this transitory, porous, entangled environment in permanent variations.