From 23 April to 6 November 2022
Venice, Museo Correr
Sala delle Quattro Porte
Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff and Amin Jaffer
Scientific direction Gabriella Belli
As part of the “MUVE Contemporaneo 2022” project, Museo Correr will host Huong Dodinh’s first time in Italy exhibition, Ascension. The artist’s work will be displayed in the “Sala delle Quattro Porte” (The Room of Four Doors).
Born in Vietnam and Parisian by adoption, Huong DODINH was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris during May 1968 social unrest. She spent the next five decades isolating herself from the outside world, developing a unique, pure, vibrant, spiritual, and universal body of work, but she never attempted to share it publicly.
The first major exhibition dedicated to Huong DODINH was held at the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Paris, in 2021, debuting alongside a solo show at the art fair Asia Now.
With her work she questions the concepts of light and line. The composition of the line is centered around the construction of her art. The relief often present in her artwork allows her to give a direction to the light. Through her unique technique, layering of multiple coats of paint and artistic geometry, she gives her canvases a singular depth and a density that reveals her works’ evanescent brightness.
Ascension is a site specific work. The artist conceived and designed a series of works specifically created for the event. The art installation is composed of fourteen paintings, each 3 meters high, placed in order to recreate a triangle that surrounds the wooden sculpture of the Madonna della Misericordia, a wood sculpture from the XV century. The artist invites the audience into the heart of fourteen elongated and tapered panels on display, taking the form of a candle which leads to a mystical atmosphere hovering in the Room of Four Doors.
For the last eight years the “Sala delle Quattro Porte” has only hosted exhibitions of important female artists, like Jenny Holzer, with the work “War Paintings”, and Shirin Neshat, with the work “The Home of My Eyes”. Such as in this case, with Huong Dodinh exhibition, the connection created between the room and the works of art has always turned out as new and inspiring dialogue. Also in this case female artistic research is a source of novelty and of an innovative meditation on what is happening.
Exhibition organized by CMS Collection
With the collaboration of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Con il supporto di Pace Gallery