Philippe Parreno at Tate’s Turbine Hall


Philippe Parreno: Anywhen

at Tate Modern Turbine Hall
Until 2nd April 2017

The second Hyundai Commission has been recently unveiled in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. From French artist Philippe Parreno, Anywhen has transformed the huge cavernous space of the Turbine Hall into a audio-visual experience that includes film, sound and light. And what large-scale installation would not be enhanced with the presence of giant inflatable fish balloons?

A massive screen at one end of the hall is showing a series of film sequences with subject matter as varied as a performance by ventriloquist Nina Conti to an iridescent cuttlefish rippling across the screen and gazing at the audience with his bulbous eyes. The Turbine Hall’s lights are controlled and activated according to different sequences and an additional moving light casts sharp shadows across the floor and walls of the space. All the while giant silver fish balloons  are floating around the Turbine Hall, some grazing the ceiling while others hover low to the ground.

Parreno’s Anywhen sees a grid of speakers and horizontal acoustic panels moved into different configurations throughout the hall and a canopy of flashing lights suspended over the Level 1 bridge. All the elements are combined to create a mixture of sound and light, both natural and technological.

Best of all, Philippe Parreno’s Anywhen is free to enjoy and much of the pleasure of this latest commission has been to see the way the Tate’s visitors are enjoying this installation, often stretching out on the carpeted floor and taking their time to fully absorb this multi-sensory experience.

Philippe Parreno’s Anywhen is on at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall until 2nd April 2017

All photographs ©The London Art File

Admission: FREE

Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 6pm
and until 10pm on Friday & Saturday

Tate Modern
London SE1

Information: 020 7887 8888 or


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