Camille Henrot

"The Pale Fox"

21 February - 10 May 2015

OpeningFriday, 20 February at 7 pm (Admission free)
VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening hoursTue-Sun 11am - 7 pm
Admission4 € / concessions 2 € / members free

Commissioned and produced by Westfälischer Kunstverein; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kopenhagen and Bétonsalon – Centre d'art et de recherche, Paris.


Westfälischer Kunstverein is pleased to announce the first large-scale solo exhibition in Germany by French artist Camille Henrot (b. 1978). The internationally reviewed solo exhibition “The Pale Fox” is a coproduction of four European institutions and will travel to Münster in February via London, Copenhagen and Paris.

“The Pale Fox” is dedicated to our endeavour to make sense of our world and our existence via objects that surround us and the way in which they relate to one another. Camille Henrot (b. 1978) orders and arranges over four hundred photographs, watercolours, bronzes and artefacts according to principles that obtain from the most diverse cultural, philosophical and biological contexts, primarily demonstrating, in a superimposition of this kind, the excesses of this compulsive desire for order that purportedly leads to the acquisition of knowledge. The “Pale Fox” in the title is taken from an anthropological study of the West African Dogon tribe (Griaule/Dieterlen 1965). In their religion, the pale fox stands for disorder and chaos, but equally for genesis and becoming; disorder is judged thus not as a transgression but as a necessary condition for creativity. At the same time, for Henrot, the figure of the pale fox represents a symptom of our digital age: the avid human driven by curiosity and impatience, whose pale complexion reflects the luminous play of the computer screen through which he peers at the world at night from the sanctity of his burrow.

Camille Henrot was born in Paris in 1978 and is based in New York. Henrot was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013 and garnered the Kunststiftung NRW’s Nam June Paik Award in November 2014. The Guardian ranks “The Pale Fox” among the ten best art shows of the year 2014. In "Kunstkompass 2015", a listing of the most important artists of our time, Camille Henrot ranks #1 "upcoming artist of the year" (WELTKUNST 99/2015).



Camille Henrot produced an edition exklusively for the members of Westfälischer Kunstverein. If you're interested, please contact us. You will find information on purchase and shipping of our editions here.

Camille Henrot
"Working/Resting", 2015
Two part screen print
Edition of 60 (+5 AP)
600 €

The artist book "Elephant Child" is published by Koenig Books / Inventory Press.

Ill.: Camille Henrot „The Pale Fox“, 2014-15 | Exhibition view Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster | © ADAGP Camille Henrot | Photo: Thorsten Arendt | Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris und Johann König, Berlin



With thanks to Brillux for their generous support and for the implementation of the royal blue design.

The exhibition was funded by Kunststiftung NRW

Public Programme

Friday, 20 February at 7 pm (Admission free)

Exhibition walkthrough with Camille Henrot
Saturday, 21 February at 11 am

Guided Tours with Kristina Scepanski
Thursday, 26 February at 6 pm
Friday, 20 March at 6 pm 
Saturday, 11 April at 2 pm
Tuesday, 28 April at 6 pm

Lecture Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Timm
Wednesday, 6 May at 6 pm, Admission free
"Die Ordnung des Zeigens. Historische Museen zwischen Kunst und Kulturgeschichte"

Late Fridays
Open until 10 pm, Admission free
13 March
10 April
8 May