Matthew Barney – Bildungsroman

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Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition Matthew Barney – Bildungsroman (02.26.-05.15.2016)

Matthew Barney (b.1967, San Francisco, USA) is arguably the artist of the 1990s who most profoundly changed the language of sculpture. He achieved this through the introduction of new materials, from petroleum jelly to gym equipment, the conflation of media and narrative structures, and his enigmatic biological fictions that are at once hilarious and monstrous. For Barney, sculpture is an emanation of places, performances, films, photos, drawings and ephemera, in which he is typically the story’s protagonist.
For this exhibition Barney created a new layout and a narrative that went from Facility of DECLINE (1991) through The CREMASTER Cycle (1994–2002) and DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 (2005) to River of Fundament (2014). The title of the exhibition, Bildungsroman, made use of the literary term for a coming-of-age novel, thus reflected how the constellation of works can be read as a journey in the shaping of Barney’s artistic practice.

Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran and Therese Möllenhoff
Paperback: 102 pages
Language: English and Norwegian
ISBN: 978829140911

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