Venezia y Cultura [Venice and Culture]

Danny Matthys


Installation, 225 x 22.5 x 7 cm.
Materials: photographs, neon light

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0460_19).

In the mid-1980s Danny Matthys made a long trip to Australia followed by a period of reflection. Many of his early photo mosaics get a definite shape in the following years. Venezia e Cultura originates from this period. Photos, including from Venice and from Matthys' own environment, are integrated into a larger whole. Neon lights above the various photo sets enhance the coherence, while rendering details harder to read. The coherence is further enhanced by covering certain areas with semi-opaque paint or ink, creating cohesive entities.

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