Matthew Barney. Bildungsroman

26 Feb 2016 – 15 May 2016

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Oslo, Norway


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Matthew Barney is arguably the artist of the 1990s who most profoundly changed the language of sculpture.


He achieved this through the introduction of new materials, from petroleum jelly to gym equipment, the conflation of media and narrative structures, and his enigmatic biological fictions that are at once hilarious and monstrous. For Barney, sculpture is an emanation of places, performances, films, photos, drawings and ephemera, in which he is typically the story’s protagonist. In this exhibition, he has created a new layout and a narrative that goes from TRANSEXUALIS (decline) (1991) through The Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002) to the River of Fundament (2014).

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