Barney and Beuys at Ca' Venier dei Leoni
Exceptionally, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, located in the halls of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in a permanent manner, will be transferred to the other wing of the Venetian museum, inside the spaces destined for temporary exhibitions.
This is the mutual poetry of Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys, two of the greatest protagonists on the international contemporary scene.
An American and a German, separated by a generation gap of forty years and by life experiences which seem to be eons apart, are now being compared one to the other.
Two "magicians of the multimedia" who, with video, designs, sculpture and showcases, have stripped the walls of the Palazzo, transforming them into a kind of performance setting.
The metamorphosis and the metaphoric use of materials and symbols is characteristic of their philosophy, which reveals not a few common elements, both aesthetic and conceptual.
by Orsola Bertini Curri
:venews june 2007
Barney and Beuys
From 6 june to 2 september
Peggy Guggenheim Collection