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MASBEDO. For Beauty is just the beginning of terror

12 November — 12 December 2019

MASBEDO, ‘Fragile’, 2016. Installation view, ‘Hypervisuality’ Palazzo Dugnani, Milan, April 2019.

This year, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya hosts three video works bythe artist duo Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza, Milan 1973, and Iacopo Bedogni,Sarzana 1970), in direct dialogue with its recently renovated sections of Renaissance and Baroque art. Madam Pinin (2017) proposes a reflection onthe concept of beauty, its transience and its conservation through the storyof conservator Pinin Brambilla Barcilon, who dedicated fifty thousand hoursof her life to the restoration of Leonardo’s Last Supper. Fragile (2016) alsofocuses on the concept of “care” and the fragility of art, showing the image of a sick peacock being carried by his master through the halls of the Savoy gallery in Turin. Lastly, Blind Mirrors (2019) stages the convergence-conflict oftwo seemingly distant cultures, the Western European and the Indian-Tamil, in the evocative 18th-century setting of the party hall of Palazzo Gangi inPalermo. Here, Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti shot the famous dance scene in his masterpiece film The Leopard (1963).