Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante

Continuing The series of contemporary art exhibitions at the Theseus Temple, this year the Kunsthistorisches Museum is presenting Bacchante, a new commission by the young American sculptor Kathleen Ryan. This is Ryan’s first muse um exhibition. It is curated by Jasper Sharp, and generously supported by the Contemporary Patrons of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

A cascade of bursting ripe, oversized grapes tumbles to the floor. Tethered by raw stainless steel chains and cast in polished concrete with a buoyancy that seems to defy the material, they are draped over a ceramic cushion and laid on a stone mattress. The work’s title, Bacchante, points us away from the inanimate towards something more human, a female follower of Bacchus, the riotous, drunken Greek and Roman god of wine, freedom and ecstasy. Lying here in a temple, the sculpture is many things at once: heavy and weightless, playful and sensual, ideal and blasphemous, desirable and forbidden. The work draws on a visual vocabulary anchored in the history of art, from the voluptuous, overtly sexualized femininity of the Venus of Willendorf, through the figurines of Mesopotamia to the myths and iconography of Ancient Greece and the painted still lifes of Caravaggio. It manages to remain both resolutely classical - in its essential form, a reclining nude – and a contemporary provocation.

Venue

Theseustempel

Volksgarten
1010 Wien

Tickets & Info

Current Dates

  • Tue. 22 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 23 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 24 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 26 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 28 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 29 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 31 Aug 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

September

  • Fri. 01 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 04 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 11 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 18 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 25 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Sep 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October

  • Sun. 01 Oct 2017, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.