Philippe Parreno: Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

The iconic Palais de Tokyo undergoes a radical transformation at the hand of internationally renown artist, Philippe Parreno, from 23 October until 12 January 2014. Having worked across film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text, Parreno turns his attention to the exhibition as a medium in and of itself, playing with the architectural possibilities of the space in which art is displayed as the springboard for this latest show.

Free to explore unprecedented ideas, the artist challenges the exhibition experience. Exploring the space as an “object”, the building becomes capable of dialogue and discussion. Meticulously scripted and devised in collaboration with set designer Randall Peacock and sound designer Nicholas Becker, Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World presents a kind of mise-en-scène, where visitors are led along a series of events by a stream of sound, image and performance.

Marking the first time the Palais de Tokyo has been taken over by one single artist, Parreno’s ambitious project re-envisages the gallery as a living and evolving organism; a place where sounds are manipulated and symbols warped. His ideas are also built right into the foundation of the building as some of his changes leave a permanent and irrevocable impact on the space. Fellow artists Douglas Gordon, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonsalez Foerster and Tino Sehgal join in too as they help layer up and blend into this uniquely self-referential artistic space.

Philippe Parreno: Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, until 12 January, Palais de Tokyo 13, avenue du Président Wilson, 75 116 Paris

1. C.H.Z., 2011. (image extraite du film) / © Philippe Parreno. Courtesy Gallery Esther Schipper. © ADAGP, Paris 2013.