The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Arriving at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: A Gothic Tower by Artist Wim Delvoye
Wim Delvoye, Torre, 2009.
VENICE.- From June 3 to November 22, 2009 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Belgian artist Wim Delvoye’s latest creation Torre: a stainless steel Gothic tower constructed, with its ogival windows and its turrets, to rise over the terrace of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, overlooking the Grand Canal.

Both architecture and ornament, Torre by Delvoye demonstrates not only ethereal majesty and vision but forceful material presence, drawing inspiration from masterpieces of Gothic architecture such as Notre Dame, Paris, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York. From a fusion of the sublime with the most advanced capabilities of computer technology, the Gothic style of the Tower unites it with the Romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich and Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Wim Delvoye’s artistic practice draws on the notion of the attraction of binary opposites: the sacred and the profane, the past and the present, the triumph of ornamentation over functionality. His art thrives on such paradoxes, that also form the basis of Surrealist artistic practice, combining these components of difference, not always manifest but ever present in his aesthetic. The placement of a Gothic tower in the vicinity of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni’s classicism creates just such a forceful and provocative paradox.

For Wim Delvoye: “While the Renaissance was a world view, the Gothic was a state of mind. The Renaissance was finite epoch lasting half a century before being succeeded by Mannerism. Gothic was an art outside of time. The human eye takes in detail like a stroboscope; glancing over lights and tracery, crockets and finials, it thrills to the joy of the tower’s soaring ascent.”

Born in 1965, Wim Delvoye lives and works in Ghent. He earned international recognition with his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1990 and 1999 and Documenta IX in 1992. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at the Ernst Museum Budapest (February-March 2008), a presentation of one of his Cloaca machines at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary (June-August 2008) and participation in exhibitions at MARTa in Herford (April-June 2008), Weserburg in Bremen (May 2008) and CAPC Bordeaux (June-September 2008).

Peggy Guggenheim Collection | Wim Delvoye | Glenbow Museum | Weserburg in Bremen | CAPC Bordeaux |




Today's News

June 3, 2009

PHotoEspaña 2009: Festival of Photography Offers 74 Exhibitions at Twelfth Edition

Tate Britain Shows First Survey in London for Eighteen Years of the Work of Richard Long

Duchamp, Miró, Marc, Monet and Picasso Highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Showcases Comprehensive Solo Sarah Morris Exhibition

Arriving at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: A Gothic Tower by Artist Wim Delvoye

Mark Lewis Represents Canada with Four New Films at the 53rd International Art Exhibition

Loan Exhibition of Major American Impressionist and Realist Paintings Opens at Queensland Art Gallery

A Collection of Color Plate Books, Maps, Atlases, Watercolors and Paintings will be Offered at Sotheby's

MoMA to Present the First Major U.S. Retrospective of Ron Arad's Work

Internationally Renowned Architect Glenn Murcutt Honoured at Museum of Sydney

Susan Kleinberg Mounts Installation at Telecom Italia Future Center for the Venice Biennale

Design Museum Celebrates Visionary Design from London's Creative Mavericks

New York Academy of Art Opens its Summer Exhibition 2009 Juried by Eric Fischl, Matthew Flowers and Anne Strauss

First Solo Museum Show Devoted to Katharina Fritsch' s Work Opens in Zurich

Crystal Bridges Expands Public Programs Team

Pierre-Marie Giraud will Present Some Sixty Original Contemporary Ceramic Pieces in Basel

Roxy Paine Makes New "Dendroid" for National Gallery of Art; Slated for Fall 2009 Installation in Sculpture Garden

"Artful Animals" Exhibition Opens July 1 at the National Museum of African Art

Heart of Houston's Museum District To Be Transformed This Week With a Public Art Installation

Cultural Artifacts Returned to Anguilla by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Sotheby's to sell one of Vilhelm Hammershøi's most beguiling interiors: 'Interior, Strandgade 30'

2.- German police find Hitler's lost horse sculptures that vanished the year Berlin Wall fell

3.- New Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education appointed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4.- Chrysler Museum mourns passing of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Amy Brandt

5.- How Iraqi friar Najeeb Michaeel saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Islamic State

6.- Anish Kapoor sculpture 'Blood Mirror' surprises with surface and sound effects

7.- Sotheby's to offer the first painting to be sold from Cornelius Gurlitt's trove of art

8.- Descendants of art collector Peggy Guggenheim go head to head in a French appeals court

9.- Vandalized statues from parks, gardens and public spaces restored at Argentine 'hospital'

10.- Unique 17th century portrait by British artist Mary Beale discovered at McMaster Museum of Art

Related Stories



Adolph Gottlieb Retrospective Opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Adolph Gottlieb Retrospective Opens at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Exhibition in Venice Examines the Evolution of Utopian Ideas

Peggy Guggenheim Collection Announces First Exhibition of Maurice Prendergast's Works of Art



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site