Marc Quinn – The Archaeology of Art

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

The Giorgio Cini Foundation presents a new major exhibition opened to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore from May 29, 2013: Marc Quinn, major solo exhibition curated by Germano Celant and produced in collaboration with the artist, who sees a selection of more than 50 works – including sculptures, paintings, drawings and other art objects – by Marc Quinn, one of the most well-known representatives of the generation of Young British Artists. With more than 50 works, including 15 never before exhibited, the exhibition titled Marc Quinn is among the most important ever devoted to the artist. In addition to celebrating the renewal of the collaboration between Quinn and Celant (dating Garden exhibition organized by Fondazione Prada in Milan in 2000), Marc Quinn marks the return to Venice after the English artist The Overwhelming World of Desire in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection 2003 and reaffirms the growing interest in the Giorgio Cini Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Marc Quinn began his career exploring some particular themes, such as the relationship between art and science, the human body and its mechanisms of survival, life and its preservation, beauty and death. Quinn describes the show as “an exploration of the relationship with our body and the physical and cultural world around us, what it means to live in a world that is real and virtual at the same time.” In the exhibition you can admire, the five colossal shells of the series The Archaeology of Art that seem to ask if the desire to create art is inherent in nature. Perfectly symmetrical shapes, created by nature, which conceal a strange intelligence and seem to follow an order to their superior. Enormous in terms of size, but extremely detailed, these shells are between objects printed in high definition 3D world’s largest, the result of a digital code issued by a computer on the basis of the code of the biological DNA that has created the originals. The shells carved in bronze lie on the beach, as rocked by the tide.

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

“The works of Marc Quinn are projected into the past and into the future, from birth to death. Are floating images that depict the body, the flesh, the happy reproduction of his contemplation, both positively and negatively. Exteriorize the intimate desires of the human being and the mental images that pass from one condition to another, and sexual embrace both his inner and outer life – says the curator Germano Celant – This major solo exhibition of the Giorgio Cini Foundation intends to contextualize the production latest Quinn to provide a greater understanding of his art, as an art of incarnation, which focuses on the visual and tactile values, targeted to nature, the human being, but also in the light of the retina and that the filters. »

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Courtesy Matteo De Fina

Fondazione Cini

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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