Dancing with Myself

Punta della Dogana
08/04 - 16/12/2018


The collective exhibition ‘Dancing with Myself’ is open at Punta della Dogana from April 8 to December 16, 2018. Curated by Martin Bethenod and Florian Ebner, it stems from the collaboration between the Pinault Collection and the Folkwang Museum in Essen. The exhibition, presented in a first version in 2016 in Essen, proposes a revisited path with over 56 artworks not featured in the German museum.

‘Dancing with Myself’ faces the primordial importance of the artist’s role as actor and material of his own creations, from the 1970s to today. The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices and languages (photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation…), cultures, geographic origins, generations and experiences, to establish a tension between extremely different artistic approaches: melancholy of vanity, ironic play with identity, political biography and existential questioning, the body as sculpture, effigy or fragment of its symbolic substitute.

Approximately 100 works from the Pinault Collection – from Claude Cahun to LaToya Ruby Frazier, from Gilbert & George to Cindy Sherman, and from Alighiero Boetti to Maurizio Cattelan – are on display alongside a selection of works on loan from the Folkwang Museum. The show is greatly rethought for Punta della Dogana and includes 45 works that did not feature in the version presented in Essen.

The exhibition revolves around four themes – Melancholia, Identity Games, Political Autobiographies, Raw Material - that develop evenly through the spaces of Punta della Dogana with 145 works. Over 100 works from the Pinault Collection, of which more than 80 have never been exhibited in Venice, establish a dialogue with a selection of works from the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

The exhibition catalogue is in three languages and published by Marsilio, Venezia

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The exhibition catalogue is published by Marsilio Editori. Graphic design by Leonardo Sonnoli.

The catalogue includes texts by François Pinault, Martin Bethenod, Florian Ebner, Thibault Boulvain, Enrico Camporesi, Anna Fricke, René Grohnert, François Jonquet, Sam Korman, Patrick Martinat, Angela Mengoni, Jonathan Pouthier, Jean-Marc Prévost, Abigail Solomon Godeau, Stefanie Unternährer, Angela Vettese.

360 pages
1 edition in 3 languages (Italian, English, French)

Available for sale online

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