Pierre Huyghe

Read our feature on the Kurt Schwitters Award-winning artist, from the October 2013 issue

By Christopher Mooney

Pierre Huyghe, Untilled, 2011–12 (installation view, Documenta 13, 2012, Kassel). Photo: © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Esther Schipper Pierre Huyghe, Colony Collapse, 2012 Performance, Les Arènes d’Arles. Photo © Lionel Roux and the artist Pierre Huyghe, Zoodram 4, 2011. Photo: © Guillaume Ziccarelli. Courtesy the artist

In retrospect, as I reflect back on the human moment I spent in a Paris café with Pierre Huyghe last June, it should have come as scant surprise that the words ‘encounter’ and ‘event’ peppered so many of his declarative statements. Linchpin terms of contemporary French philosophy since Alexandre Kojève’s well-attended Hegel class at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in Paris during the 1940s, the two words have fuelled contemporary French art and its curation since the whole relational…

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