BURTYNSKY: Extraction/Abstraction

curated by Marc Mayer

M9 - Museum of the 20th Century
Venezia Mestre
from June 21st 2024 to January 12th 2025

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After the worldwide success of the exhibition Anthropocene, a multimedia exploration that documented the indelible human footprint on the earth, the photographer Edward Burtynsky continues its exploration on the impact of human action on the planet through a new exhibition which is hosted in Italy for the first time in M9 – Museum of the 20th Century, after its successful debut at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK.

The exhibition is the largest survey on the over forty-year career of the great Canadian artist Edward Burtynksy who dedicated his life to testifying to the environmental impact of the industrial system on our planet.

Burtynsky’s work focuses on what the artist describes as “large-scale industrial incursions across the planet.”

Through a deep historical understanding of image-making and an impressive mastery of the photographic medium, Burtynsky invites his viewers to look at places that exist beyond our common experience, places that satisfy our desires and needs of the present but which, at the same time, determine the future of our habitat.

Burtynsky’s large photographs present themselves at first glance as fascinating, indecipherable fields of color and abstract shapes, leaving observers suspended in front of natural or man-made objects that are often not immediately intelligible, but capable of drawing them into the work.

Curated by Marc Mayer, former director of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, with installation design by Alvisi Kirimoto, the exhibition features over 80 large format photographs, 10 high definition murals, one experience of Augmented Reality and a new section, called Process Archive, which shows the instruments and cameras used over the years by Burtynsky during his tireless navigation around the world, including those drones that allowed him to further enlarge the lens of his cameras.

The Museum second-floor corridor displays nine photographs from the photographic campaign commissioned from Burtynsky by the Sylva Foundation in 2022 to bear witness to the effects of Xylella on Apulian olive trees-an environmental disaster that allows us to grasp and concretely measure the effects of climate change on our country as well.

Finally, in the new M9 Orizzonti room, the award-winning short film In the Wake of Progress (2022), co-produced by Burtynsky together with renowned music producer Bob Ezrin and with original music by the late Phil Strong, is screened in immersive mode and for the first time in Italy.

Edward Burtynsky is considered one of the most accomplished contemporary photographers in the world. His extraordinary photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent more than 40 years of commitment to witnessing man's impact on the planet.

Burtynsky's photographs are in the collections of more than 80 major museums around the world. Among the main exhibitions we remember Anthropocene (2018); Water (2013) organized by New Orleans Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Center, Louisiana; Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; China (five-year tour in 2005) and Manufactured Landscapes (2003) at the National Gallery of Canada.

Among numerous awards, he recently received the 2023 PHotoESPAÑA Award for professional career and the Pino Pascali Award (25th edition). Burtynsky was also a key figure in the production of the award-winning documentary trilogy Manufactured Landscapes (dir. Jennifer Baichwal, 2006), Watermark (dir. Baichwal and Burtynsky, 2013) and ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (dir. Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Burtynsky, 2018). All three films continue to participate in festivals around the world.
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