Marina Abramović, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, and Nico Vascellari In Conversation with Rare Old Masters and Antiquities In New Exhibition at Colnaghi London17 September - 22 November 2021
Artists Marina Abramović, Nico Vascellari, and Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich have come together at Colnaghi London to exhibit a selection of works created in response to and presented in dialogue with masterworks from across eras, ranging from an Etruscan burial urn from the 6th Century B.C.E., to a rarely presented portrait by Diego Velázquez from the 17th Century. On view from 17 September through 22 November 2021, Humble Works explores creative synergies among artists across different ages, eras, media, and geographies, and reflects Colnaghi's commitment to cross-category presentations and collecting.
Taking its name from the sense of humility that one feels when confronted with rare masterpieces, Humble Works presents new installation, photography, and sculpture by Abramović, Pavlov-Andreevich, and Vascellari displayed alongside historic paintings and objects of the artists' choosing, each in its own space within Colnaghi’s London gallery. Presented together, the three artists’ personal experiences and creative responses explore shared themes of friendship, immaterial connections, and collective will.
'A central part of Colnaghi’s mission is to highlight art historical threads that connect objects from different time periods and categories, drawing them together in a manner that leads to exciting juxtapositions and discoveries,' said co-CEO and owner Victoria Golembiovskaya. 'Humble Works takes this concept one step further: for the first time, we are presenting new works created in direct response to paintings and objects of historical significance and where this cross-category dialogue and creative inspiration becomes the primary theme of the exhibition.'
Added Senior Global Director Chloe Stead, 'The title of this show, Humble Works, was collaboratively set by Marina, Nico, and Fyodor. Their choice of words indicates the awe with which we approach great masterpieces of antiquity or from the Old Masters. It is our privilege to present these artists deeply personal artistic responses to their selected masterpieces in this unique site-specific exhibition. I hope that visitors find the juxtapositions and dialogues between the works thought-provoking, perhaps provocative, but certainly rewarding.'
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