The Sublimity of Marlene Dumas’ Portraits in Venice, Carlotta Mazzoli, δημοσίευση DailyArt [15/12/2022]Marilena Pateraki
On view until January 8, 2023, the exhibition Open-End, curated by Caroline Bourgeois for Palazzo Grassi in Venice, is a kaleidoscope of faces and emotions, as well as a window into Marlene Dumas’ world that reflects back on us.
If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Marlene Dumas’ exhibition at Palazzo Grassi in Venice is a whole encyclopedia. Gathering over 100 works among paintings and drawings created from 1984, the exhibition brings each visitor inside Marlene Dumas’ world and suggests an infinite number of interpretations.
Marlene Dumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and is regarded as one of the most representative painters of our times. Her career spans over 40 years, during which she has obsessively and repeatedly analyzed the theme of human portraitures, both as a symbol and a means to remember and describe. The artist is well known for her interest in the relationship between image and text, and her works present just as many layers as hermetic poetry. With an eerie and uncanny style, her paintings and drawings present a commentary on her life, a precise subject, and a hidden message all at the same time.