MAXXI, together with Deutsche Bank, presents the first exhibition in Italy by the Egyptian artist Basim Magdy.
The show, titled “The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of new Beginnings,” includes over 30 works, produced between 2006 and 2016, by thewinner of Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” prize in 2016.
From the installation The Future of Your Head (2008) to the imposing photographic work An Apology of a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale, from the trilogy of films produced in 2014 (The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys – The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness – The Dent) to the paintings in psychedelic colours Miniature Existence (2009), or A Recollection of Past Errors Manifested as a Crustacean (2013), the works of Magdy emanate a strange tragicomic glee: what makes them so otherworldly is the use of hypnotic music, acid colours and the antiquated flavour of the texts with which the artist creates narrations that leave endings open.
- Basim Magdy, detail from An Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale
- Basim Magdy, detail fromAn Apology to a Love Story that Crashed into a Whale