A monkey masked as a Japanese child, lilies stolen from Monet’s garden and a stone sculpture that’s warm to the touch are but a few of the unexpected elements at Pierre Huyghe sensational new London show at Hauser & Wirth. Building on the garden he created in a huge park in Kassel at the last Documenta, with its live, wandering dogs and an entire manipulated ecosystem, Huyghe's current expansion of his oeuvre positions him as one of the current masters of cultural spectacle. Scale it seems is the new battleground for art stardom. Yes we said that dirty word. Press release post-jump.
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Pierre Klossowski, the lapsed Catholic intellectual with a Polish aristocratic title (his brother being the notorious Balthus), a childhood education in Germany, and a legacy of philosophical treatises on Nietzche and Sade, has never been the most lucid of writers. In fact he never even tried that particular trick. Klossowski studied Latin so extensively, it corrupted his French, leading him to a lifetime love of archaic words and long, multi-part sentences with some pretty extended sub-clauses. Yet his influence was such that not only did intellectual giants such as Foucault declare themselves fans, Klossowski's system of thought and of writing was an explicit influence on works like Foucault's own "History Of Sexuality".
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