The Fondation Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibition, Elsewhen, displaying a whole new installation by French artist Philippe Parreno at the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia. As part of the Collateral Events of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, this presentation has been produced in the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-les-murs” program. This program, inaugurated in 2014, showcases previously unseen holdings of the Fondation's collection in the multiple Espaces Louis Vuitton around the world (Tokyo, Munich, Beijing and Venice), thus realizing the Fondation’s commitment to mount international projects and make them accessible to a broader public.
For Parreno's installation, the walls of the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia are covered with a phosphorescent yellow wallpaper patterned with black irises. A grand luminous marquee, a recreation and reinvention of those that once stood on top of cinema entrances, floats above a large vertical mechanical mirrored shutter. An experimental hybrid digital program controls these interdependent elements, causing light to appear or disappear at irregular intervals by rotating the louvers and forcing pulses of air or synthetically generated sounds, all echoing microorganisms’ reactions integrated within the program. As the blinds move, the mirror reflects silhouettes of viewers and the structure of the marquee. When the light turns out, all shapes become ghostlike, accentuated by the phosphorescent walls mutating to dark green and black. Far from their initial utilitarian nature, the elements of the installation take on a playfully equivocal identity, bringing the pulse of life into the space to build a distinctive interaction between the viewer and the context. In 'Elsewhen', Parreno creates an experience where memories of the past come together in a disruptive temporality. The familiar markers of perception are annihilated in favor of a stimulating process of inventing new ways of understanding, all while defying rational categories and the established order.
Philippe Parreno 'Elsewhen'
May 11th, - November 24th, 2019
Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia
Calle del Ridotto 1353
30124 Venezia – Italia
Tel. +39 041 8844318
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7:30 pm; Sunday from 10:30 am - 7:30 pm