The first solo exhibition in the UK by French artist Pierre Huyghe (b. Paris 1962), Celebration Park features several newly completed projects alongside significant recent works never previously shown in the UK.
Celebration Park premieres a new work A journey that wasn't 2006, based on Huyghe's 2005 journey to Antarctica, where he searched for a unique creature reported to be living on an hypothetical uncharted island. The story of this expedition is told in a film, partly shot on location in Antarctica and partly on location in New York's atmospheric Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park, where Huyghe staged a spectacular operatic event, related to the journey, last autumn.
Featuring film, neon texts and sculpture Celebration Park takes the visitor on a journey of discovery in which fact and fiction, storytelling, the nature of time and intellectual property are all played with and explored in Huyghe's complex, multi-layered works. At the entrance to the exhibition, an oversized set of doors seem to appear and disappear: freed from function, they move sedately yet mysteriously through the space.