Inverted Topiary 6, 2011 – ink on drawing paper, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel Photo: Hans-Georg Gaul
 Continuously Habitable Zones aka C.H.Z., 2011  – Film still  Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel and Courtesy Gallery Esther Schipper
 Opening Shot, 2011 – ink on two sheets of drawing paper, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel  Photo: Hans-Georg Gaul 
 Marilyn Monroe, in preparation for a spiritist session, 2012   – Maja Hoffmann / LUMa Foundation – Photo: Adam Reich
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Philippe Parreno  
For his exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, French artist Philippe Parreno presents two new films mise en scene with a choregraphy of sound and images that guides the visitor throughout the space. The first film C.H.Z. (“Continuously Habitable Zones”) is linked to a territory. The film gives perspective to a black garden constructed in Portugal. A landscape produced a film, and a film produced a landscape. The landscape is perennial; it is what the image rejects. A second film, Marilyn, is a portrait of a ghost, Marilyn Monroe. The film conjures her with a phantasmagoric seance in the suite at the hotel Waldorf Astoria in New York where she lived in the 1950s. Her presence is reproduced by three algorithms: the camera becomes her eyes, a computer reconstructs the prosody of her voice and a robot recreates her handwriting. The dead is incarnated in an image.


Fondation Beyeler  /Basel
Philippe Parreno
10.6. – 30.9.2012