Matthew Barney in Oslo

Face to face with the art language of the Nineties.


If we had to name the artists who played a key role in shaping the art language of the Nineties, San Franciscan multimedia artist Matthew Barney would be up there. His biological fictions—rendered through the use of petroleum jelly—and his distinctive blend of video, performance art and sculpture placed him at the forefront of the exploration of postmodern identities and bodies. Now the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo has dedicated an exhibition to his work, on display until 15 May.

In the self-titled exhibition Barney has set up a new narrative to present some of his most influential works: Transexualis (decline) from 1991; the memorable video series Cremaster Cycle, developed by Barney into five chapters and eight years of work from 1994 to 2002; and his latest video project River of Fundament, a six-hour film produced in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler and inspired by the novel Ancient Evenings by American author Norman Mailer. All hail!


26 Feb until 15 May

Astrup Fearnly Museet, Oslo


By Ilaria Lorio Albarin

Images: Cremaster 5: Lánchíd: The Lament of the Queen of Chain, 1997


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