Marcel Dzama’s work is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas.
Marcel Dzama was invited by Bryce Dessner, curator of Sounds From A Safe Harbour, and Lismore Castle Arts to make an exhibition as part of the creative process in the production of The Lismore Suite. The exhibition will be based around Dzama’s mesmerizing film Une Danse Des Bouffons, the artist’s fictionalized account of the ill-fated, romantic affair between artist Marcel Duchamp and Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins, and was commissioned by the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Alongside the film, there will a number of works on paper featuring figures from the artist’s earlier repertoire, as if posing for a group portrait of his ever-expanding roster of protagonists past and present.
We would like to thank David Zwirner Gallery for their help in the realisation of this exhibition.