Thursday 3 April 2014

Review of Matthew Barney: River of Fundament at Haus der Kunst, Munich

Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
Haus der Kunst, Munich
17 March – 17 August 2014

“… Like a serpent whose insides have blown apart, I gave up, sued for peace, and gave birth to my bloody clotting history of coiled and twisted eviscerate.” [Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings]

Matthew Barney (b1967), best known for his Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002), comprising five films, with accompanying photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations, filled with anatomical allusions to the position of the reproductive organs during the embryonic process of sexual differentiation, is back. His latest project, River of Fundament, a further collaboration with Berlin-based American composer Jonathan Bepler, likewise comprises a film (given its European premiere at the Bavarian State Opera house in Munich on 16 March 2014), 15 large-scale sculptures, several series of drawings and some “archival” photographs, story boards and annotated books (Libretti).

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