PC Valmorbida and Jared Najjar celebrated the opening of Misericordia, Brent Bolthouse, Atlanta de Cadenet, Stavros Niarchos, Bettina Korek, Piero Golia, Gustavo Godoy, Esthella Provas, Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman, Mario Testino among others explored Misericordia at PRISM, which will be open to the public during regular gallery hours, through December 4th, 2010.
The exhibition brings together Masters from the Renaissance and work by contemporary artists. It juxtaposes 15th to 17th Century Old Masters with performance video from the 1970s and contemporary artworks. Curated by Birte Kleemann, Director at The Pace Gallery, the works examine the treatment of Mercy as represented from devotional paintings of the 15th century to the use of the artist’s body as a metaphor for the suffering of humankind in contemporary works. It emphasizes how these artists explore pain, fear and penance, in the sense that today we either fail to rejoice in God’s Mercy or that we are too occupied with personal matters to be merciful towards others.
Works by the artists Marina Abramović, Joseph Beuys, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Lucio Fontana, Terence Koh, Anders Krisár, Giovanni di Marco, Jonathan Meese, Giovanni Battista Naldini, Olaf Nicolai, Jen DeNike, Angel Otero, Antonio di Pietro, Sterling Ruby, Katharina Sieverding, Bill Viola, and xhafabdessemed (Sislej Xhafa and Adel Abdessemed) will assess how the artistic expression of Mercy is demonstrated, has transitioned, vanished, and in some cases persevered and reappeared through centuries and multiple artistic mediums.
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