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Matthew Barney made his name by spectacular performances combining sport with art. Then his  ‘Cremaster’ film cycle (1994-2002) – where he appears transformed into different shapes, both animal and human, and journeys through a baroque, dreamlike world – parachuted him to the international stage. Presenting a more intimate and secret aspect of this exceptional artist, the BNF in partnership with the New York Morgan Library and Museum, has organised the first retrospective of his drawings in France, ‘Subliming Vessel’. Contrasting with the baroque features of his videos, performances and sculptures, Matthew Barney’s drawings are intimist, meditative works in a small format. Along with his drawings, Barney presents in showcases he built himself some of his storyboards, and works he selected from the BnF collections such as medieval illuminated manuscripts and engravings by the great masters of print making, as well as rare and precious books on alchemy. He transforms each showcase into an original work of art. In conjunction with the exhibition, Matthew Barney will also create a new Drawing Restraint performance in the BnF. And in partnership with MK2 and the Cinémathèque française, a series of his films will be presented during the exhibition period, including his latest, River of Fundament.
Until 5 Jan. 7€/ 5€. Tue-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun 1-7pm. Closed Mon.
BNF François Mitterand, Quai François-Mauriac, 13th.


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