Bilbao Guggenheim - Pierre Huyghe: (Untitled) Human Mask (2014)

(Untitled) Human Mask, created in 2014, takes viewers to a Japanese landscape scarred by the recent tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. There we witness a scene inspired by real-life events: in an empty, dilapidated restaurant, a monkey whose face is concealed by a traditional theater mask seems to be waiting for customers who never come. Impatiently pacing the premises, stopping to listen for the sound of someone approaching, or gazing out the window, the character trapped in that surreal setting performs a routine whose theme, according to the artist himself, is none other than the human condition.
The exhibition will be on view until July 16, 2017

Pierre Huyghe, (Untitled) Human Mask (2014). Film, color, stereo sound, 2 min. 66 sec. Running time: 19 min. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, London, & Anna Lena Films, Paris © Pierre Huyghe, VEGAP, 2017
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