Marcel Dzama b. 1974
Une Danse Des Bouffons/A Jester's Dance
The artist's latest film is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art through December 29, and debuted to coincide with the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (September 5 - 15). In this Dadaist love story Une Danse Des Bouffons/A Jester's Dance, there are many recurring themes: death and rebirth, multiple identities and doppelgängers, false prophets, love and love lost, the corruption of power and fragility of what is real or true.Using a recreation of Marcel Duchamp's Étant Donnés, a trickster of old mythology awakens Maria Martins (played by Kim Gordon and Hannelore Knuts) from the sculpture. She finds her lover (a captive Marcel Duchamp) forced to recite chess moves to an unknown game. So Maria must enter a deep rabbit hole to save her love.
Commissioned by TIFF, 2013
Special event: Book signing with the artist
519 West 19th Street, New York
Saturday, October 19, 4 - 6 PM
Sower of Discord (Abrams) is the definitive monograph on the artist and includes a foreword by Raymond Pettibon, original short stories by Dave Eggers, an interview by Spike Jonze, and an essay by art historian Bradley Bailey, as well as a poster designed by the artist. Other recent titles include Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets (Hatje Cantz/David Zwirner) from the artist’s show in David Zwirner’s new London gallery; and original drawings for Momo, the 40th anniversary edition of the classic children’s book by German writer, Michael Ende, which has been translated into English by Lucas Zwirner for the first U.S. publication in over 25 years. For a complete list of books, visit the artist’s publications page.