Berlinde De Bruyckere, Actaeon, 2011–2012 , 2012 © Berlinde De Bruyckere. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Galleria Continua, Foto: Mirjam Devriendt
Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue with Cranach and Pasolini
KUNSTHALLE wien project space,
March 30th – May 06th, 2012
The Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere’s work touches us through the emotional intensity of its expressively deformed body sculptures radiating suffering, pain, anxiety, and death. For her series of exhibitions “Into One-Another …” begun in 2011, De Bruyckere not only works under the impression of current events, but creates space-related sculptures in immediate confrontation with selected filmic works by Pier Paolo Pasolini and an original painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Cranach’s and Pasolini’s body languages enter into a dialogue with De Bruyckere’s fragmentary waxen body images, which lack all “telling” exterior elements: gaze, head, gestures, attributes. The animal nature that comes to the fore above all instead seems to hold a mystery: the secret of life and death.
Berlinde De Bruyckere, born 1964, lives and works in Ghent.
Curators: Cornelia Wieg (Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt),
Lucas Gehrmann (Kunsthalle Wien)
In cooperation with Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.
Special thanks are due to the Gallery of Paintings of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and to Hauser & Wirth Gallery, London.