Press Release

The Espace Louis Vuitton Müchen is pleased to present Marilyn, an exhibition dedicated to French artist Philippe Parreno, pursuing the Fondation Louis Vuitton’ mission of showcasing holdings from the Collection to an international audience through the “Hors-les-murs”programme. This programme unfolds at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice, Beijing, Seoul and Osaka.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2023

Philippe Parreno, Marylin

Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich (Germany)

17.02 - 06.08.2023




Philippe Parreno‘s reputation has been built on the diversity of his practice which spans a vast range of media including film, sculpture, drawing and performance. Through his multidisciplinary practice, Parreno has created unexpected artworks that question the boundaries between reality and fiction, often blurring the distinction between the two. The artist invites the viewer to radically re-evaluate the nature of reality, memory, and the passage of time, elaborating universes where the aesthetics of social exchanges and situations are prioritized over the creation of art objects.

Since the 1990s, one constant and underlying thread in Parreno‘ oeuvre is his interest in the exhibition as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. He vies that the exhibition is an object in its own right, an experience and format which he is constantly questioning and reinventing. Thus preferring projects to objects, Parreno began examining unique approaches to narration and representation throughout his works, conceiving his exhibitions as a scripted space where a series of events unfold. He seeks to transform the exhibition visit into a singular experience that plays with spatial and temporal boundaries and the sensory experience of the visitor. From the 2000s onwards, ghosts, ventriloquists and robots began appearing more in Parreno‘ films, posing the question of the origins of storytelling, whilst interrogating the passage of time and blurring reality and fiction. These important themes continue through Parreno‘ later works, including Marilyn (2012), a film recreating Marilyn Monroe‘ life in a phantasmagorical séance. For Parreno, the exhibition is a total work of art that offers an ongoing interdependent series of open possibilities.

For Marilyn, the Espace Louis Vuitton München invites you to experience emblematic works from the Collection by Philippe Parreno in various media. Alongside the eponymous video installation Marilyn (2012), the series of drawings In Preparation of Marilyn: “he Quasi Living”(2013) will be shown as well as the video installation The Writer (2007), and the sculpture Untitled (2010). Comprising drawings, sculpture and film, these works typify Parreno’ multidisciplinary practice through which he continues his quest to find an ultimate form of communication capable of transcending language.

About the artist

French artist Philippe Parreno was born in 1964 in Oran, Algeria. His oeuvre approaches the exhibition as a medium and is constantly questioning and reinventing its format through film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text.

He has works represented in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Kanazawa Museum of the 21st Century, Japan; MoMA, New York; Musée d‘rt moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US.

Philippe Parreno currently lives and works in Paris, France.

Philippe Parreno, In preparation of Marilyn: The Quasi Living (detail), 2013. © and courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Philippe Parreno, In preparation of Marilyn: The Quasi Living (detail), 2013. © and courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Exhibition 17 February  - 06 August 2023. Espace Louis Vuitton Müchen, Maximilianstraße 2a - 80539 Munich (Germany). T +49 89 558938100. Hours: Monday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 10am–7pm.






Philippe Parreno, Marylin, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, Germany

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