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The new film by Canadian-born multidisciplinary artist Marcel Dzama (featuring music by Arcade Fire and an appearance by former Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon) pays oblique tribute to the cinema of David Cronenberg while dropping playful art-historical quotations from Duchamp to Picasso, Beuys to Orsler.
Marcel Dzama's new film Une Danse Des Bouffons (or A Jester's Dance) is a Dadaist love
story inspired by expressionist cinema in which Marcel Duchamp's Étant donnés comes to
life. Motifs of death and rebirth, multiple identities and doppelgängers, false prophets, love
won and love lost, fragility, and the corruption of power spiral in a dizzying game of chess.
A fly character sits in an audience, a head explodes, limbs are severed, a creature in a black
cloak with a hybrid body gives shocking birth, and a woman — played by Sonic Youth's Kim
Gordon — communicates to her lover, who is trapped in a television screen. These smart,
oblique references to the films of David Cronenberg mingle with art historical quotations,
from Duchamp to Picasso to Beuys to Orsler, in a work that, like the rest of Dzama's oeuvre,
is both playful and macabre. With music by Arcade Fire.
Presented and organized in partnership with
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,
952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5-15.
Exhibition continues until December 29.
Co-curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss.
- Marcel Dzama
- Marcel Dzama was born in Winnipeg and is based in
Brooklyn. His drawings, sculptures, films and dioramas
have been exhibited internationally and acquired by major
musems, including the MoMA, CCA Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia, and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art
in Berlin. In 2010, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
held a major survey of his work.