Philippe Parreno & Liam Gillick
Space Time Substitution
May - 30 Aug 2020
From May 2020, De Pont will present a two person exhibition of the French artist Philippe Parreno and the New York-based British artist Liam Gillick in the large central space and the wool cabinets. This is the first time that the artists have shown an overview of the work they have made together since the early 1990s. The title Space Time Substitution refers to the retrospective nature of the project, in which earlier works are transposed to the present and come together in a new staging at De Pont.
Since the 1990s, Parreno and Gillick have had their own very distinct artistic practices. Parreno gained fame with his site-specific exhibitions that completely transform a space and in which he emphatically steers the perception of visitors by means of a scenography of light, sound and film. With his abstract, architectural structures and textual works, Gillick focuses on the imperfections and pitfalls of modernist and neoliberal ideologies. However, both artists have also engaged intensively in reflection on the medium of exhibition as an artistic form of expression. The orchestration of the exhibition and the manipulation of the visitor's experience are often more important to them than the individual objects on display.
The artists have seized the opportunity of the exhibition in De Pont to present their joint work in a large, all-encompassing gesture. Once again, the exhibition itself is the material: from lighting to room texts, from pedestals to signage - curious, self-willed and with humour they appropriate all these elements as ingredients for their work. The whole exhibition is a work of art.