They are not simply self-portraits, but rather representations of the self which become existential reflections and plays of the ego. The Dancing with Myself show at Punta della Dogana in Venice which runs until 16 December, brings together the “autobiographical” works of 32 well-known international artists, including Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Gilbert & George and Damien Hirst.
The exhibition includes 145 works, all produced since 1970, eighty of which have never been exhibited in Venice.
Visitors follow the exhibition's flowing narrative, which develops four themes: melancholy, plays on identity, political autobiographies and raw material.
“The self-portrait is a well-defined genre, while the representation of self does not fit into any genre and can cut across all artistic techniques. The picture of the artist is not the subject of the work, but it is its raw material,” explains Martin Bethenod, who curated the exhibition together with Florian Ebner.
Representations of the self become existential reflections. Such as We by Maurizio Cattelan with two models of the artist on his death bed
The outcome is a lively dialogue on the vision of self and of the use of the body in art, characterised by a plurality of experiences and cultures, but also by a wide variety of languages which range from painting to sculpture, from photos to videos, passing through installations.
The event, which sprung from the collaboration between the Pinault Collection and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, has been specifically designed for the rooms in the Punta della Dogana.
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Untitled #578 (2016)
Pinault Collection, Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Pinault Collection, © Maurizio Cattelan, Photo Zeno Zotti
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