The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

Roberto Cuoghi presents an immersive sound installation at the New Museum in New York
Roberto Cuoghi, Šuillakku – corral version, 2008–14. Sound installation. Courtesy the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New Museum is presenting the first solo museum presentation in New York of the work of Roberto Cuoghi. Through an array of unconventional media, Cuoghi’s projects explore ideas of metamorphosis, hybridity, and violence. In the past, he has used mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation to confront the challenges of self-representation as well as physical and psychological transformation. In 1998, while he was still in his mid-twenties, he began what is perhaps considered his most legendary project, when he decided to literally transform himself into an old man. The artist adopted mannerisms as well as the eating and dressing patterns of a senior citizen, eventually coming to resemble a white-bearded, heavyset man, forty years his senior. Cuoghi has continued this experimental approach in works such as “Asincroni,” in which he used overlaying sheets of acetate to create surreal alterations of portraits of deceased relatives. With a similar combination of obsession, passion, and devotion, Cuoghi later undertook a two-year study of Assyrian language and rituals, for which he produced a gargantuan reproduction of a small talismanic statue of the menacing demon-god Pazuzu in 2008. Most recently, for the 55th Venice Biennale, he created Belinda (2013), a monumentally scaled sculpture modeled after microbial life-forms.

For his exhibition at the New Museum, Cuoghi presents Šuillakku – corral version (2008–14), an immersive sound installation evoking an imagined ancient Assyrian lament from the seventh century BC. For this piece, Cuoghi embarked on an imaginative journey back in time to the period between 612 and 609 BC, when the Assyrian Empire and its capital, Nineveh, was under attack and eventually fell into ruin. Channeling the grief and fear that were likely prevalent at the time, Cuoghi’s lamentation is performed on a collection of handmade instruments carefully researched, built, and played by the artist himself. Each instrument was recorded individually and assembled into a composition, which can be heard in its entirety when visitors stand at the center of the sound installation. The title, pronounced “shoe-ee-lah-coo,” refers to a posture adopted by the ancient Assyrians when praying, in which one hand is raised. As in much of Cuoghi’s work, the installation explores the ways in which the power of imagination can help transform both history and reality.

“Roberto Cuoghi: Šuillakku Corral” is on view on the Third Floor from April 30–June 29, 2014. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, and Margot Norton, Assistant Curator.

Roberto Cuoghi was born in Modena, Italy, in 1973, and lives and works in Milan. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2008), the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Île de Vassivière, Baumont du Lac, France (2007). His work has also been included in a number of important international group exhibitions, including: “The Encyclopedic Palace,” 55th Venice Biennale (2013); “10,000 Lives,” Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2010); “21 artists for the 21st century,” Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2010); “Making Worlds,” 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); “Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008–10); “After Nature,” New Museum, New York (2008); “Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection,” DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007); and “Of Mice and Men,” 4th Berlin Biennial (2006).

Today's News

May 26, 2014

Camera maker Leica turns focus on the past with lens-shaped new headquarters

Belgium police release video of attack on Jewish museum that killed four persons

Stradivarius violin kept in closet could fetch $10 million at Christie's sale in New York

Saint Louis Art Museum presents "Tragic and Timeless: The Art of Mark Rothko"

New exhibition by Ai Weiwei opens in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's newly refurbished 18th century chapel

Regen Projects' first exhibition with Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri opens in Los Angeles

The Kröller-Müller Museum presents 'Seurat: Master of Pointillism' exhibition

Hamburger Kunsthalle invites contemporary artists to create works that relate to the city of Hamburg

Roberto Cuoghi presents an immersive sound installation at the New Museum in New York

Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

Daniele Buetti creates a sound installation for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Dzine presents his most recent work at Walter Otero Contemporary Art in San Juan

Exhibition at Messum's offers an introductory survey to the work of Miles Richmond

Auctions America announces a complete ACD lineup for its flagship Auburn fall event

Bonhams Los Angeles presents four hundred years of Eropean history and design at June auction

Morgan Lehman opens exhibition of the work of Ruby Palmer

Wet Light: Bill Jenkins' second solo exhibition at Laurel Gitlen in New York

Major artworks by regional artists to be sold June 7-8 in New Orleans

Design journalist turned pop artist Helen Kirwan-Taylor opens exhibition at Themes & Variations

Thought-provoking book explores ways in which contemporary artists are confronting nature

The Traces of Time: Igor Mitoraj opens exhibition at ContiniArtUK

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful