Through February 8, 2015
Just opened last week at the contemporary art space of the Gucci Museum in Florence and on view through February 8, 2015, is a multimedia exhibition of work by French artist, Camille Henrot.
Henrot’s work embraces many artistic disciplines and theories of knowledge, utilizing a broad range of media: film, video, illustration, photography, sculpture, installation. The exhibition features Grosse Fatigue, a 13-minute film first exhibited in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale, where the artist won the Silver Lion award, and gained a very large following of international critics. Despite being exhibited in many museums across the world, this work has not since been shown in Italy.
Based on extensive research carried out at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, Grosse Fatigue is 13 minutes of film featuring original music from composer Joakim and the voice of slam poet Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, who reads a long spoken word poem written in conjunction with the writer Jacob Bromberg. Grosse Fatigue is shot through with immense utopian goal to create an infinite intermingling of scientific history with tales from general history, mythology, art, anthropology while being linked to Genesis and the evolution of the world. The artist explains:
“In my video, the desire to universalize knowledge is accompanied by the consciousness that I have of this act. Which is to say that at the very moment that I attempt to make the world liveable by universalizing the subjective, I understand the futility of this attempt and its inherent limits.”
In conjunction with Grosse Fatigue, Gucci Museo is also showing two of Camille Henrot’s sculptural pieces, which make use of varied materials, such as the industrial items used in Tevau (2009), or flowers, like in the series entitled “Est-il possible d’être révolutionnaire et d’aimer les fleurs?” (Is it possible to be a revolutionary and love flowers?), first shown at the 2012 Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Camille Henrot was born in 1978. She lives and works in Paris and New York. She was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 for Grosse Fatigue. Her work has been shown in a large number of exhibitions in the most prestigious international institutions, including the Tate Modern (London), the New Museum (New York), the Sculpture Center (New York), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Fondation Van Gogh (Arles), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Macba (Barcelona), to name but a few.
For more information and images, see the Gucci Museo website.
October 3, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Gucci Museum – Piazza della Signoria , 10 – Florence, ITALY
Hours: daily 10am – 8pm
Tickets: €6 (50% of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the preservation and restoration of the most important treasures of the city of Florence.) T 055 7592330