Pierre Huyghe to Create Met’s Next Rooftop Installation

The Met has chosen the artist for its annual rooftop installation.

French conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe has been tapped for the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s next rooftop installation, reports Carol Vogel from the New York Times.

The artist’s multidisciplinary oeuvre, which was surveyed at the Pompidou Center in Paris and is now on view at Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, includes film, performance, sculpture, magic, biology, nature and insects (see Is Pierre Huyghe the World’s Most Opaque Popular Artist? Ben Davis Sizes Up His LACMA Show). Often creating his own other-worldly sceneries, chairwoman of the Met’s modern and contemporary art department, Sheena Wagstaff, and Ian Alteveer, the Met’s associate curator, approached Huyghe after seeing the bewitching environment he created in 2012 for Documenta 13 and his retrospective the year after.

“His work is captivating, and the way he thinks about the layers of a site, taking into account history, environment and science is so compelling, we thought he’d create something particularly interesting,” Alteveer said. The installation, which is still in the works, will be on view from April 28 through November 1. Although no details besides the piece having a “film component” have been revealed, Alteveer dropped one hint: “Pierre loves the fact that the park is full of animals.”

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