31 May 2013
Performance within the framework of
CATHERINE LORENT: RELEGATION
CA’ DEL DUCA - 2013
1 JUNE - 24 NOVEMBER 2013
Organised by Mudam Luxembourg
The title of the sound installation shown at Ca’ del Duca – Relegation – refers to the longstanding rejection, or “banishment”, of Baroque in the history of art, nowhere more so than in Venice, where Late Baroque architecture was stifled in its development by “anti-Baroque polemics”. Contrary to similar Baroque-averse tendencies in the current Berlin art canon, Lorent’s work posits the formal vocabulary of Baroque, which is often dismissed as absurd, wasteful and pathetic, as a central reference point. Citing pamphlets from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Lorent, who holds a PhD in art history, appropriates Baroque iconography relating to concepts of the sublime, power and domination, while highlighting the absurdities and contradictions which Baroque artists themselves had been very much aware of. For binary models fall short of explaining the complexities of the world: good and bad or ratio and religio may be antagonistic concepts, but in reality they are closely intertwined.
In the Luxembourg Pavilion art and music merge with the palazzo architecture as though in an alchemist’s crucible as Lorent skillfully combines antithetical elements such as abstraction and figuration, highbrow and lowbrow culture, free improvisation and rigid concept.
Corte del Duca Sforza 3052
30124 San Marco, Venice
Tel/Fax: +39 041 5207534
Canal Grande, between Ponte dell’Accademia and Palazzo Grassi
Vaporetto Accademia (line 1) or San Samuele (line 2)
Exhibition 1 June – 24 November 2013, 10 am–6 pm
Closed on Mondays (except 3 June and 18 November)