Palazzo Grassi announces major exhibition dedicated to Bruce Nauman for 2021

Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana will dedicate a major exhibition to American artist Bruce Nauman: Bruce Nauman. Contrapposto Studies.

A major exhibition dedicated to American artist Bruce Nauman (Indiana, 1941): this is announced by Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, the Venetian exhibition venue that will host the exhibition Bruce Nauman. Contrapposto Studies from March 21, 2021 to January 9, 2022, in the halls of Punta della Dogana.

Curated by Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Caroline Bourgeois, curator at the Pinault Collection, in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition aims to pay tribute to one of the most significant figures on the contemporary art scene. From the 1960s to the present, Nauman has explored different artistic languages, from photography to performance, from sculpture to video, experimenting with their conceptual potential and investigating the very definition of artistic practice. He won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and has been featured in many exhibitions around the world.

On the occasion of the major exhibition planned for 2021, Nauman will present his most recent production, in particular the series of video works that the artist has made over the past five years, starting with a revisitation of one of his earliest videos, Walk with Contrapposto (1968).

The term Contrapposto indicates, in classical art, a composition in which the human figure is represented with a slight twisting of the torso around an axis, so that the upper part rotates in the opposite direction from the lower part. With the Contrapposto Studies series, which includes Contrapposto Studies I-VII 2015/16, Contrapposto Studies i-vii 2015/2016, Walks In Walks Out 2015, Contrapposto Split 2017, and Walking the Line 2019, Nauman for the first time has taken up one of his historic works to push the limits imposed by technology and make something that was not technically possible or feasible at the time of the production of the first Walk with Contrapposto, which showed the artist moving a few steps inside a wooden hallway in his studio while striving to maintain the classical pose.

Works from the Contrapposto series will be juxtaposed with historical works to trace the main stages of the artist’s research on the themes of sound, performance and space.

The current exhibitions Henri Cartier Bresson. Le Grand Jeu and Youssef Nabil. Once Upon a Dream will be extended until March 20, 2021. When the exhibitions close, the rooms of Palazzo Grassi will be closed to the public for approximately seven months for maintenance work. Palazzo Grassi’s exhibition program will then resume in 2022.

Image: Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, I through VII (2015-16, Pinault Collection and Philadelphia Museum of Art) © Bruce Nauman

Palazzo Grassi announces major exhibition dedicated to Bruce Nauman for 2021
Palazzo Grassi announces major exhibition dedicated to Bruce Nauman for 2021

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