The Baroque style is often identified by luxurious materials, chubby cherubs and sumptuous details. A new exhibition entitled "Riotous Baroque: From Cattelan to Zurbarán" complicates this notion by presenting naughty works from 17th century masters, present day provocateurs and more.
On view is Pieter Aertsen's painted butcher shop in "The Meatstall," a 16th century rendering of glittering raw flesh appealing more to the eye than to the tongue. Visitors will also spy Urs Fischer's "Problem Painting," a society portrait rudely interrupted by an oversized, hairy carrot. Rotting meat and supple flesh permeate this stomach-churning exhibition, where past and present become tangled together.
Veering away from a didactic approach, "Riotous Baroque" lets the artworks collide, leaving differences and similarities to illuminate themselves through the act of looking.
"Riotous Baroque: From Cattelan to Zurbarán" features work from Pieter Aertsen, Giovanni Battista Langetti, Alessandro Magnasco, José de Ribera, Jan Steen, Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Crumb, Paul McCarthy and more. The show runs from June 14 until October 6, 2013 at the Guggenheim, Bilbao in Spain.
See a preview in the slideshow below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Urs Fischer (1973-) Problem Painting, 2012 Acryl. Lack und Siebdruck auf Aluminium 360 x 270 Kunsthaus Zürich. Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde, Geschenk des Künstlers
Pieter Aertsen (1507/08–1575) The Meatstall, 1551–1555 Oil on panel 123 x 175 cm. With frame 151 x 202 x 8.5 cm Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht
Glenn Brown (1966-) The Happiness in One’s Pocket, 2012 Oil on panel 225 x 180 cm Collection of the artist, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2013
Maurizio Cattelan (1960-) Untitled, 2007 Taxidermied dog, Taxidermied chick, expanded polyurethane Variable size Installation view: Maurizio Cattelan, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, February 2–March 24, 2008. Private Collection Photo, Markus Tretter Courtesy, Maurizio Cattelan's Archive
José de Ribera (1591–1652) Saint Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women, c. 1621 Oil on canvas 180.3 x 231.6 cm Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Bartolomeo Passerotti (1529–1592) The Crazy Lovers, n/d Oil on canvas 114 x 118 cm Private Collection, Paris
Juergen Teller (1964-) Paradis XII, 2009 C-Type, Edition 2/5 127 x 177.8 cm. With frame 134.5 x 194.5 x 0.6 cm Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Diana Thater (1962-) Chernobyl, 2010 Installation: 6 projectors, 6 media players, Lee Filters Edition of 3 + 1 A.P Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, London Installation view at Hauser & Wirth, London Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Simon Vouet (1590–1649) The Rape of Europe, ca. 1640 Oil on canvas 179 x 141.5 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1624) Hercules diverts the River Alfeus, 1634 Oil on canvas 133 x 153 cm. With frame 147.5 x 169 x 6.5 cm Museo Nacional del Prado