The exhibition Unknown Pleasures is running at the Museo Bardini from June 10 to Oct. 25, showcasing a spectrum of Glenn Brown’s work. Brown will be installing over twenty pieces including paintings, drawings and sculptures, some of which have been made for this exhibition and shown for the first time. Mining art history and popular culture, Brown has created an artistic language that transcends
Mining art history and popular culture, Brown has created an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. His mannerist impulses stem from a desire to breathe new life into the extremities of historical form. Through reference, appropriation and investigation, he presents a contemporary reading of new and remembered images.
Borrowed figures and landscapes are subjected to a thoughtful and extended process of development in which they gradually transform into compelling, exuberant entities. Mixing Renaissance art, Impressionism and Surrealism, Brown creates a space where the abstract and the visceral, the rational and irrational, the beautiful and grotesque, churn in a dizzying amalgamation of reference and form.
Placing Brown’s work alongside the renowned collection of Stefano Bardini will allow visitors to admire a leading contemporary artist as well as works of the past.
Located on Via Dei Renai 37 in the Oltrarno area of Florence, the Bardini Museum houses several medieval and Renaissance masterpieces such as Charity by Tino da Camaino, the Madonna of the Cordai by Donatello, the monumental paintings of the Crucifix by Bernardo Daddi, St. Michael the Archangel by Pollaiolo, Atlas by Guercino, and series of drawings by Tiepolo and Piazzetta. Born in Hexham, England, Glenn
Born in Hexham, England, Glenn Brown has been featured in nu- merous group and solo museum exhibitions. Recent solo shows include Glenn Brown, Tate Liverpool, England (2009, traveled to Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy; and Museum Ludwig, Budapest, through 2010); Conversation Piece V, Frans Hals Museum, The Netherlands (2013–14); Glenn Brown, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2016, traveled to Contemporary Arts Center, Cinncinatti, through 2017); Glenn Brown/Vincent Van Gogh, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, France (2016); and most recently Glenn Brown Rembrandt; Afterlife, Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam (2017).