A Scenic Exhibition or Scenery on Display?

A Scenic Exhibition or Scenery on Display?
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Conceived as part of the Hors-les-Murs, literally translated as “outside the walls”, this exhibition is a dual homage. Firstly, it recognises artist Philippe Parreno, eclectic protagonist of the contemporary art scene, acclaimed by international critics, but it also honours the icon Marilyn Monroe, an subject of the artist’s study. With a multi-disciplinary approach which embraces a vast gamma of mediums, including film, sculpture, drawing and performance, the Algerian artist has constructed a performative exhibition around the American icon. What distinguishes, however, his methodology of research from other masters that celebrated the famed Diva in their works, is the construction of the actual exhibition. The exhibition, according to Parreno, is not just a mere opportunity for the artist to present their results to the public, but is, in itself, a phase in the analytical process. His exhibitions are organic projects, actual settings in which the visitor, through their interaction, is called upon to have a direct experience and give it meaning. Here, the various expressive mediums mastered by Parreno explore the subject of the American diva and go as far as altering the normal perceptions of time and the confines between reality and fiction. Drawings, sculpture and film make up the setting of the exhibition, conceived by the artist as a work of total art that offers infinite possibilities of perception, a form of communication capable of transcending language itself.

Giorgia Cestaro - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing