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Born in 1962 in Paris, France.
Lives and works in New York.
Pierre Huyghe’s works often present themselves as complex systems characterised by a wide range of life forms, inanimate things and technologies. His constructed organisms combine not only biological, technological and fictional elements, they also produce an immersive, constantly changing environment, in which humans, animals and non-beings learn, evolve and grow.
Covering an eclectic array of topics —ranging, variously, from genetic engineering and new realist philosophy to seascapes —Huyghe’s work unremittingly interrogates the contours of cultural, biological and exhibition-based systems.
He was also the recipient of the Nasher Prize for Sculpture (2017); Kurt Schwitters Prize at The Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany (2015); the Roswitha Haftmann Prize in Zurich (2013); the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010); the Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Special Jury Prize awarded by 49th Venice Biennale (2001).
Huyghe has been celebrated internationally with solo exhibitions at venues including the Serpentine Gallery, London (2018); Guggenheim Bilbao (2017); Sprengel Museum Hannover (2016); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2014); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2013); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico (2012); Kunstmuseum Basel (2011); Museo de Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofia/Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2010); Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik (2007); Tate Modern, London (2006); Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2001); Santa Monica Museum of Art (1999).
He was also featured in major international group shows including the de Young Museum, San Francisco (2020); NTU-Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2019); Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2019); Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2018); Le Consortium, Dijon (2018); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); Guggenheim Bilbao (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC (2016); Punta Della Dogana, Venice (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2013); Documenta, Kassel (2012); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2010); Sydney Biennal (2008), Whitney Biennal, New York (2006).
Pierre Huyghe curated the exhibition Okayama Art Summit in 2019, Japon.
Pierre Huyghe’s works have joined the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico; Art Gallery of Ontario; Reykjavik Art Museum; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turino; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunstmuseum, Bâle; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Collection IAC, Villeurbanne; Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; Musée national d'art moderne — Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris; Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine, MÉCA, Bordeaux; Frac Île de France —Le Plateau, Paris; Frac Normandie Rouen; Musée de Grenoble; Musée d'arts de Nantes; Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart; MAC/VAL, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, among others.