giovedì 21 giugno 2012


Fino al 2 September 2012
Kunsthaus Zürich
Sat/Sun/Tues 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed–Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Closed Mondays

‘Riotous Baroque’ does not deal with the illustrative intermingling of motifs, topics or formal analogies, but sets out to explore an approach that, with artistically sensualist intelligence, at once proclaims proximity to life as a conception of vital exuberance and laments its loss; and that links it to questions of what constitutes art itself.
The Baroque is associated with dynamism, sensuality, extravagance and theatricality, with a move away from the quiet solemnity of classical forms; but also with an age of instability and the breakdown of established orders. It has been variously identified as a ‘culture of flows and interfaces’ (Christine Buci-Glucksmann), and the beginning of our modern age (Erwin Panofsky). The exhibition also reminds us that the art of the Baroque has only enjoyed universal recognition since the 1930s and 1940s, thanks – as so often – to art historians who, armed with a certain proximity to the art of their era, dared to look into the past. It was Erwin Panofsky who saw the Baroque as founded in ‘the victory of subjectivism, which aims to express suffering and humour in equal measure.’
Featuring Baroque works by, among others, Pieter Aertsen, Valentin de Boulogne, Jacob Jordaens and from the present by Nathalie Djurberg, Maurizio Cattelan and Oscar Tuazon.

Pieter Aertsen, The Meatstall, 1551 – 1555
Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht

Pieter Aertsen, Peasants by the Hearth 1565
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, Belgium
Painting, Oil on wood, 142 x 198 cm

Valentin de Boulogne -Allegoria dell'Italia- Istitutum Romanum Finlandiae 

Valentin de Boulogne - The Four Ages of Man, National Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Painting, Oil on canvas, 96 x 134 cm

Jacob Jordaens – Il re beve - ca. 1593, Antwerp, Belgium - ca. 1678, Antwerp, Belgium

Jacob Jordaens – The Rest of Diana 1645 – 1655 Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Painting, Oil on canvas, 203 x 264 cm

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