Pierre Huyghe Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne
In The Host and the Cloud, a live experiment was carried out over the course of one year in an abandoned ethnographic Museum in Paris. A group of people were exposed to live situations that appeared accidentally in the entire building. The Host and the Cloud is a ritual of separation in which the influences of a culture were exorcized, brought to contingency, by a self-generating operation. Some witnesses invited to enter the building were left alone within the unfolding experiment. In parallel the event was filmed.
During dOCUMENTA(13), Pierre Huyghe created Untilled, a compost site within a baroque garden, a non hierarchical association that included a sculpture of a reclining nude with a head obscured by a swarming beehive, aphrodisiac and psychotropic plants, a dog with a pink leg, an uprooted oak tree from Joseph Beuys’ 7,000 Oaks among other elements. This growing system remained indifferent to the presence of the viewers that encountered the site.
Both the dog, Human, and the sculptue with the beehive-head are part of the exhibition in Cologne.