Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies - I through VII, 2015-2016 | Courtesy of Pinault Collection and Philadelphia Museum of Art


The artist, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009, is presenting a new exhibition at the Pinault Collection that sheds new light on his work, flanking historical works with a nucleus of more recent works, some of which are being shown for the first time in Europe on this occasion. From the 1960s to the present day, Bruce Nauman has explored different artistic languages, from photography to performance, from sculpture to video, experimenting with their conceptual potential and investigating the very definition of artistic practice. In particular, the exhibition pays tribute to a series of videos made over the last five years, starting with a revisitation of one of the first works in which Nauman experimented with the use of moving images: the famous Walk with Contrapposto of 1968. The term Contrapposto indicates a compositional formula typical of classical sculpture, in which the human figure is represented through a slight torsion of the torso around an axis, in the search for a balance between the limbs that emerges from the juxtaposition of the masses. Starting with the statuary of ancient Greece, the classical contrapposto has been used throughout the history of art, from the Renaissance to contemporary experiments by Bruce Nauman.



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