MATTHEW BARNEY

REPRESSIA (decline) (solo show)
LACMA, Los Angeles
23 July 2023 – 7 January 2024

Matthew Barney, RADIAL DRILL, 1991, video still (video: Peter Strietmann), © Matthew Barney, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery
Matthew Barney, RADIAL DRILL, 1991, video still (video: Peter Strietmann), © Matthew Barney, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

On view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from 23 July, Matthew Barney’s REPRESSIA (decline) is a seminal installation from his breakout solo exhibition Facility of DECLINE at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, in 1991. The room-sized sculptural installation features two videos in which Barney performs strenuous acts of athletics with unorthodox outcomes: Radial Drill, 1991, and Blind Perineum, 1991. The central space features sculptural components that draw from the exercise equipment and materials used in wrestling, some of which are fashioned out of transmutable elements such as cast petroleum wax and petroleum jelly. Recently acquired by LACMA, REPRESSIA (decline) established Barney’s visual language and anticipates the corporeal drive of his Cremaster cycle of five films, all of which feature performance across different sites and timelines.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Matthew Barney, RADIAL DRILL, 1991, video still (video: Peter Strietmann), © Matthew Barney, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery
Matthew Barney, RADIAL DRILL, 1991, video still (video: Peter Strietmann), © Matthew Barney, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

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TechnoCool. New Trends in Hungarian Art in the Nineties (1989–2001) (group show)
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
27 October 2023 – 11 February 2024

Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 5, 1997, 35 mm film (color video transferred to film with Dolby SR sound), running time: 54 minutes, 30 seconds, production still
Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 5, 1997, 35 mm film (color video transferred to film with Dolby SR sound), running time: 54 minutes, 30 seconds, production still

Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5 is included in Technocool. New Trends in Hungarian Art in the Nineties (1989–2001). The exhibition explores the ways in which the revolutionising spirit of electronic music, DJ culture, and the new visuality of parties served as key inspiration for a generation of artists who started their career in the 1990s. Alongside Hungarian artists, Technocool also presents work by foreign artists who exerted a major influence in Hungary in this period. The displayed works showcase the development of different media – paintings, readymades, photographs, prints, videos and, to a lesser extent, computer-based art – as a new opportunity for self-expression during the nineties. 

Hungarian National Gallery

Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 5, 1997, 35 mm film (color video transferred to film with Dolby SR sound), running time: 54 minutes, 30 seconds, production still
Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 5, 1997, 35 mm film (color video transferred to film with Dolby SR sound), running time: 54 minutes, 30 seconds, production still

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Au bout de mes rêves (group show)
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille
6 October 2023 – 14 January 2024

Installation view: Au bout de mes rêves, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille, 2023, courtesy Vanhaerents Art Collection Brussels
Installation view: Au bout de mes rêves, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille, 2023, courtesy Vanhaerents Art Collection Brussels

Three works from Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, 2005, will be on view in Au bout de mes rêves. Showcased over the three floors of the Tripostal, Lille, the exhibition brings together works from the Vanhaerents Art Collection, one of Belgium’s most significant private collections of contemporary art.

Vanhaerents Art Collection

Installation view: Au bout de mes rêves, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille, 2023, courtesy Vanhaerents Art Collection Brussels
Installation view: Au bout de mes rêves, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille, 2023, courtesy Vanhaerents Art Collection Brussels