“Breaking and fixing are key notions in my practice, like an accelerated archeological process; every work is confronted by wars and earthquakes, continually cracked up by my dissatisfaction.”—Matthew Monahan
At the core of the sculptural practice of Matthew Monahan lies the adoption of classical tropes and its simultaneous radical alteration. Through references that encompass the Italian Renaissance, from surrealism to contemporary literature and philosophy, the artist enacts a complex clash that renders his sculptures like ruins of the present time.
Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition held at Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps in Rome from April 6 to May 25, 2016, the book reflects the peculiar creative strategy of the artist: The colored photographs documenting the show are impressed on top of a black-and-white reprinting of Palazzo Altemps. Le collezioni, the illustrated catalogue presenting the various collections hosted at the Palazzo. As the sculptures on view are inserted into the classical pieces of its collection, its documenting pictures are radically juxtaposed to the collection’s register.