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Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney : The Cremaster Cycle
PARIS  •  Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris  •  Ongoing
In 1994 the American artist Matthew Barney (b. 1967, San Francisco) began his 5-part series of Cremaster films. Alone the numbering of the parts - 4 (1994), 1 (1995), 5 (1997), 2 (1999), 3 (2002) - is already a contradiction of the serial principle. Cremaster is the name of the muscle that raises or lowers the testicles in tune with outside temperatures, so as to keep the gonads at a constant temperature.

Each of the 5 films takes place at a certain geographic or architectural site. Barney uses landscape and architecture as facets of the plot and the characters. The central themes in Matthew Barney's works are the human body, sagas and myths, and in his films Barney creates fantastical images of enormous appeal. Mythical beings have a fictive sexuality beyond gender, while the different plots take place simultaneously, as in a dream.

After its Paris showing, the exhibition will travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (February 13, 2003 – May 11, 2003). A German and English edition catalogue (523 pages) has been published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Web Site

Contact: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

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