Philippe Parreno’s solo exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Switzerland) presents new works by the French artist that connect like a puzzle when walking through the museum’s halls. At the center of the show are two new films by Philippe Parreno: Marilyn and C.H.Z. As in his famous film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (a documentary similar to German filmmaker Hellmuth Costard’s 1970 experimental film Fussball wie noch nie about Manchester United footballer George Best) that he realized together with Douglas Gordon, the two new films are portraits that revolve around a specific space. They are embedded in a parcours, which also includes two of Parrreno’s Marquee’s, a room with drawings, sound wave “water lilies” in the pond in front of the museum, and a DVD with a soundtrack by Arto Lindsay that erases itself after a one play.
In this interview with the artist, Philippe Parreno talks about his relationship to Basel (where he showed Zidane in the city’s football stadium), how he got the idea to the film Marilyn, how the different works in the exhibition are connected with each other, and about future projects.
Philippe Parreno at Fondation Beyeler. Interview with Philippe Parreno. Press preview, Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Switzerland), June 11, 2012.
See also: Artist Talk: Hans-Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with Philippe Parreno at Fondation Beyeler. Exhibition walk-through with statements by Sam Keller, curator Michiko Kono, and Philippe Parreno after the break.
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Exhibition Tour with Sam Keller, Michiko Kono, and Philippe Parreno (17:21 min.):