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4 November 2009 – 24 January 2010

Philippe Parreno: November is an ambitious overview of the work of innovative Algerian/French artist Philippe Parreno. This major solo exhibition comprises some 15 mixed-media works ranging from such seminal films as The Boy from Mars to installations such as Speech Bubbles. This exhibition is not merely a survey of previous works but is seen by Parreno as an opportunity to revisit and even refabricate older works in order to transform the gallery spaces at IMMA. The title, November, is a starting point for injecting life and energy into the exhibition as the newly adapted works are exhibited from the month of November. As part of the Irish Film Institute programme a new film by Philippe Parreno, 8 June 1968, 2009, will be screened for the first time in Ireland, along with his ground-breaking earlier film, Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait, 2006, made in collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Gordon.

Philippe Parreno, Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas; November 2009, christmas tree in cast aluminium, paint, 120 cm height. Installation view Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photographer: Denis Mortell   Philippe Parreno, Speech Bubbles; November 2009, gold mylar balloons, helium, variable dimensions, Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium. And Orange Bay, After Gabriel Tarde’s Fragment of Future History; November 2009, orange Plexiglas, variable dimensions. Installation view Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photographer: Denis MortellPhilippe Parreno, AC/DC Snakes; November 2009, adapters and electrical plugs, electric light bulbs, connecting wire. Installation view Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photographer: Denis Mortell

Born in Oran, Algeria, in 1964, Philippe Parreno lives and works in Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include Il Tempo Del Postino: A Group Show (with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Opera House, Manchester (2007), Le Cri ultrasonic de l’écureuil (with Ronn Lucas), Studio 28, Paris, France (2006); The Boy From Mars, Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA), Kitakyushu, Japan (2006); Fade Away, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2004) and No Ghost Just a Shell (with Pierre Huyghe), Rosa de la Cruz Collection, Miami (2003). Recent collaborative exhibitions include Zidane, a 21st Century Portrait (with Douglas Gordon), Magasin 3, Stockholm (2008); Briannnnnn & Ferryyyyyy/Law Creativity (with Liam Gillick), Kunsthalle Zürich; Konsthall Malmo and Vamiali’s Athens (2006) and Rirkrit Tiravanija: No Vitrines, No Museums, No Artists, just a lot of People (with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Pierre Huyghe and Maurizio Nannucci), Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venice (2004). 

The exhibition is an international collaboration between Kunsthalle Zürich; Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Bard College, New York. Each venue will curate slightly different exhibitions in close dialogue with the artist.

Two publications accompany the exhibition, a comprehensive survey catalogue of Philippe Parreno’s work, including critical notes by Christine Macel, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the first chronological list of the artist’s works to date. It also includes an interview with the artist by independent curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, an essay by Maria Lind, Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, and a work of fiction inspired by Parreno written by IMMA Director Enrique Juncosa. Price €49.00. Click > arrow link” hspace=”0″ src=”/en/siteimages/arrow2.gif” align=”baseline” border=”0″ /><a href=here to buy the catalogue.
Its companion book, Parade?, a children’s book, which features sixteen monsters inspired by Parreno’s work, created and illustrated by Johan Olander, with a storey written by the artist. Price €18.00. These books are produced by Centre Pompidou Editions and JRP Ringier.

L'Ambassade de France en Ireland

The exhibition is supported by L’Ambassade de France en Ireland and Cultures France.

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.