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Matthew Barney to make solo debut in Australia on an epic scale

US artist will incorporate pieces from David Walsh's antiquities collection

Matthew Barney, "River of Fundament", 2014 (still), photo Hugo Glendinning

The US artist Matthew Barney is due to have his first solo exhibition in Australia at the collector David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania, in November. “Barney will be incorporating pieces from Walsh’s antiquities collection, along with a selection of the works currently on display at the Haus der Kunst in Munich,” says a spokeswoman for Walsh. The artist’s show in Germany (until 17 August) includes 14 large-scale sculptures, drawings, photographs, storyboards and vitrines relating to Barney’s epic six-hour film “River of Fundament”, which features Maggie Gyllenhaal and the late Elaine Stritch. The film, which was co-produced by the Laurenz Foundation (the organisation behind Basel’s Schaulager), was shown at Theater Basel during Art Basel in June. Conceived as an opera, with a score by the composer Jonathan Bepler, it is loosely based on Norman Mailer’s famously abstruse 1983 novel “Ancient Evenings”. The film is due to be screened at Federation Concert Hall in Hobart on 21 November.

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