An homage to Venice born out of a close dialogue with the curator Luca Massimo Barbero, Vik Muniz's project comprises a series of completely new photos inspired by the old masters of the Cini Collection, paintings by the likes of Francesco Guardi, Dosso Dossi and Canaletto. Muniz is fascinated by the Italian genre of the capriccio and by the Venetian tradition, and the result is this series of new works couched in an extraordinary vivid range of colours that sets out to hold a dialogue with the pictures on display in the museum.
The artist revisits the theme of the 18th century capriccio in a contemporary key, simulating the brushstrokes of these paintings with cuttings of illustrations from books on the history of art, carefully selected not only for their colors but also for the images they contain. Glued together, they create the tactile surface of an impasto. Continuing the tradition of the artists of the 17th and 18th centuries, Muniz has rearranged these elements in a creative way, constructing new images that, through an interplay of allusions and quotations, intrigue and fascinate.
About the Author
Luca Massimo Barbero (Turin, Italy, 1963) is an art historian and critic who specialises in European and American art movements of the second half of the 20th century. He is associate curator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and director of the Institute of Art History at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.