Retranslation ///// Final Unfinished Portrait //// PETER WELZ //////// 23/03/21
Spazio ORR is happy to present the projection of Peter Welz's work final unfinished portrait (Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1991–92) which is present in Italy for the second time after being exhibited at Musée du Louvre, Paris, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Galleria Nationale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma.
The work 'Corps étrangers' explores a dialogue between dance and drawing. In the galleries dedicated to antique statuary, William Forsythe and Peter Welz examine the human figure and its relation to space with an installation that mixes painting, drawing and video projections. Inspired by Francis Bacon's final unfinished self-portrait, a masterpiece that is being shown for the first time in France, the installation ‚retranslation | final unfinished portrait (Francis Bacon) | figure inscribing figure' has been linked with the experience of an ontological loss.
The installation is indebted to Samuel Beckett as much as to Francis Bacon, as Forsythe says when he speaks of "registering and inscribing the presence of an absence“ while the camera captures Forsythe from a variety of perspectives - frontal, above and from the side as in understanding a sculpture in space.
Installation view Musée du Louvre
Courtesy Goetz Collection | Photo: © Musée du Louvre / Angèle Dequier
final unfinished portrait (Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1991–92) © Peter Welz, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2017. Image courtesy of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Installation view MoMAT Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Installation view Galleria Nationale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma