Dancing with myself: the exibition in Venice

Friedlander_Self-Portrait, Lee Friedlander, Haverstraw, New York, 1966 - Museum Folkwang © Lee Friedlander

The collective exhibition opens at Punta della Dogana: it stems from the collaboration between the Pinault Collection and Museum Folkwang in Essen

VENICE. On Sunday 8 April the collective exhibition ‘Dancing with Myself’ opens at Punta della Dogana. Curated by Martin Bethenod and Florian Ebner, it stems from the collaboration between the Pinault
Collection and Museum Folkwang
in Essen.

The exhibition, presented in a first version in 2016 in Essen, proposes a revisited path with over 56 artworks not featured in the German museum.

‘Dancing with Myself’ faces the primordial importance of the artist’s role as actor and material of his/her own creations, from the 1970s to today.

The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices and languages (photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation…), cultures, geographic origins, generations and experiences, to establish a tension between extremely different artistic approaches: melancholy of vanity, ironic play with identity, political biography and existential questioning, the body as sculpture, effigy or fragment of its symbolic substitute.

The exhibition revolves around four themes – Melancholia, Identity Games, Political Autobiographies, Raw Material - that develop evenly through the spaces of Punta della Dogana with over 140 works. 116 works from the Pinault Collection, of which more than 80 have never been exhibited in Venice, establish a dialogue with a selection of works from Museum Folkwang in Essen.

On view 32 artists, including Marcel Bascoulard, Marcel Broodthaers, Damien Hirst and Giulio Paolini, who join the other artists already presented in Essen in 2016.

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The large format of the self-portraits of Rudolf Stingel, the iconic works of Gilbert & George, the sculptures of Alighiero Boetti, Urs Fischer, Robert Gober and Maurizio Cattelan, the photographs by Cindy Sherman characterised by a postmodern representation of traditional roles and the political and social critique in the works by artists such as LaToya Ruby Frazier, Paulo Nazareth, Adel Abdessemed and Lili Reynaud-Dewar give rise to an intense dialogue that reflects on selfperception in the art of the 20th and early 21st century, and brings the visitor at the heart of contemporary debates.

Collateral events dedicated to the exhibition include the talk with artists Gilbert & George and the
screening of their work The World of Gilbert & George as well as the presentation of the first Italian
translation of Claude Cahun’s pamphlet Les Paris sont ouverts.

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