Monday, June 4, 2012

In Venice: Cycling, Cubo-Futurism and the Fourth Dimension


At the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, June 9th to September 16th, there will be an exhibition centering on Jean Metzinger’s "At the Cycle-Race Track (Au Vélodrome)" of 1912 (above), one of the pivotal Cubist works at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It brings together two other paintings and a drawing by Metzinger on the same theme, in addition to several other paintings on the theme of cycling. Like Metzinger’s painting, the exhibition unites a passion for the sport of bicycle racing with an inquiry into the nature of the 4th dimension, which was much discussed in Metzinger’s circle. Racing bicycles, old and new, will be on show, as well as Einstein’s bicycle, illustrating the theory of relativity. Photographic material of the Roubaix vélodrome and related ephemera will be also presented, in addition to a new sculpture about time by contemporary Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer.

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