Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium is a live ecosystem hosting a specific narrative created for Frieze Art Fair
Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium is a live ecosystem hosting a specific narrative created for Frieze Art Fair. This narrative was enacted by seawater creatures selected as the players in Huyghe’s aquatic performance. While the conditions in which the players coexist are constructed within a fictitious narrative, the behavioural relationships between the players are real. The aquarium created an intimate psychological world that formed a point of contrast with the atmosphere throughout the rest of the fair.
Pierre Huyghe (b.1962) is a French artist based in Paris and New York. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include: ‘The Host and the Cloud’, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; the 2011 Berlin Film Festival's Forum Expanded; and Gloria Cinema, Kassel; ‘Pierre Huyghe: Works from the Collection’, Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2011); La Saison des Fêtes, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2010); ‘A Time Score’, MUSAC -Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León (2007); and ‘Celebration Park’, Tate Modern, London, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (both 2006). He was recently honoured with the 2010 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award and, in 2012, will take part in Documenta 13, Kassel.