Friday, 8 June 2018, 24:00 | midnight

#96: Philippe Parreno

Over the last 20 years, Philippe Parreno has redefined the experience of the exhibition exploring the possibilities beyond the presentation of single artworks. He conceives his exhibitions as choreographed spaces that follow a script where a series of events unfold. Parreno also questions the concept of authorship and has worked in collaboration with many highly influential artists, architects or musicians.

We are very honored that Philippe Parreno is our guest showing

Mont Analogue, 2001
Colorimetric mapping of ASCII (character encoding) of the novel of « The Mount Analogue , A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing »  by René Daumal  (Editions Gallimard ,1944) 

Philippe Parreno (born 1964) is a French artist who lives and works in Paris, France. His work includes various media, such as film,, performance, drawing, and text. By re-evaluating the meaning of reality, memory and the imaginary, Parreno focuses on expanding ideas of time and duration through his works and distinctive conception of exhibitions as a medium.  He began examining unique approaches to narration and representation in the 1990s and has been exhibiting internationally ever since.


Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing is a classic novel by the early 20th century French novelist René Daumal.

The novel is both bizarre and allegorical, detailing the discovery and ascent of a mountain, which can only be perceived by realising that one has travelled further in traversing it than one would by travelling in a straight line, and can only be viewed from a particular point when the sunrays hit the earth at a certain angle.[1]

“Its summit must be inaccessible, but its base accessible to human beings as nature made them. It must be unique and it must exist geographically. The door to the invisible must be visible.”

Daumal died before the novel was completed, providing an uncanny one-way quality to the journey. Father Sogol – the “Logos” spelled backwards – is the leader of the expedition—the expedition to climb the mysterious mountain that unites Heaven and Earth.

Mount Analogue was first published posthumously in 1952 in French as Le Mont Analogue. Roman d’aventures alpines, non euclidiennes et symboliquement authentiques.

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