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Glenn Brown

Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto (group show)
Palazzo Ducale, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
20 October 2018 - 7 January 2019

Glenn Brown, Nostalgia, 2016 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, Nostalgia, 2016 © Glenn Brown

On the occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto, in a project designed to underline the modernity and innovative power of his painting, the Polo museale del Veneto, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Zuecca Projects present “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”.

The exhibition, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and hosted from October 19, 2018, to January 07, 2019, is focused on the dialogues between Tintoretto’s masterpieces preserved at Palazzo Ducale and Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, with the artworks by leading contemporary artists influenced, for attitude and style, by the Master.

The exhibition is conceived as an itinerary among the different venues, and it includes two thematic sections, “Faces” and “Stories”, related to the subjects of the artworks.

“What does it mean to paint today? What conceptual and stylistic issues are faced by painters with different and distant cultural traditions? How the representation of the human face is defined to underline the most significant elements of expressions, in an anthropological, symbolic or social sense?

As Jean Paul Sartre wrote “Tintoretto is Venice even if he does not paint Venice“, with a will of psychological introspection that makes the painter’s characters extremely modern, able to stimulate a reflection on the evolution of the contemporary portrait, from a descriptive act to an interpretation of the depicted character.

The artworks by international artists of the last generations invited to “Contemporary Dialogues with Tintoretto”, offer a constellation of images that are disquieting or monumental, traditional or irreverent, to outline an overview of different portraits in a stimulating and surprising dialogue with the paintings by Tintoretto. From the master Emilio Vedova, who had a privileged relationship with Tintoretto since his youth, to American artists like Matthew Monahan or Josh Smith, the exhibition is an opportunity to think about the extreme modernity of Tintoretto, who is still able to dialogue with the most successful painters of the contemporary art scene.” Ludovico Pratesi

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Glenn Brown

Comeback. Art-Historical Renaissances (group show)
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen
20 July - 10 November 2019

Glenn Brown, New Plastic Experiences, 2016 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, New Plastic Experiences, 2016 © Glenn Brown

Times of upheaval create a desire for orientation in the past. Accordingly, everything historical in our present economy: In the advertising, fashion and film world, the "old" as the authentic in opposition to a mass-produced unity culture in position and often transfigured nostalgic.

Art history is also making a comeback in the visual arts. While in the 1980s the artists cited traditions of the 20th century as "appropriation art", for some years now an orientation towards old masters and art historical techniques has been evident.

Artists not only copy and alienate paintings from bygone eras but also respond more freely and playfully to the "mnemic energies" (Aby Warburg) stored in ancient works. Not infrequently, they try to visualize the collective heritage through performative strategies as well as through photographic and cinematic media for the present.

Glenn Brown website


Glenn Brown

Inspired by Rembrandt. 100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House Museum (group show)
The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam
7 June - 1 September 2019

The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.

This exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Discover the surprising selection of old and new, big and small, fine and sketchy. You will see work by such artists as Rembrandt, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, and also by Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.

The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam