BRUEGEL SUITE

54. BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Main venue: Chiesa di San Lio (Castello, Campo San Lio)
June 1 - November 27, 2011

Additional venue: Campo San Pantalon (Dorsoduro 3711)
Curator: Michael Francis Gibson
Organizer: Angelus Silesius Society
Supporters: City of Katowice, City of Toruń, Mestiere Cinema, Ars Cameralis, Silesia Film


Video sequences inspired by Peter Bruegel's Way to Calvary are projected on both sides of the San Lio's main altar. Two senseless sacrifices, one anonymous, the other mythical, are performed by the Red Tunics - the Spanish Militia soldiers punishing "the heretics of Flanders". Although it depicts an action taken in 1564, the very same year Peter Bruegel has painted his masterpiece, the subject remains actual today: torture in the name of religion occur so often.
The exhibition confronts the viewer with episodes related to that truly astounding work of art which so well illustrates what Bruegel's friend, the geographer Abraham Ortels had in mind when he said that Bruegel "painted many things that can't be painted. Multa pinxit quae pingi non possunt."
Lech Majewski's powerful rendering of this great and intricate work may justifiably be approached as a "visual Oratorio" and the video pieces displayed in Titian's parish in Venice may be seen as the central arias. To accomplish this, it took three years of complex work on the film "The Mill & the Cross", from which the video pieces are derived, that required patience and imagination as well as the use of new CG technology and 3D effects: Three years spent weaving an enormous digital tapestry composed of layer upon layer of perspective, atmospheric phenomena and people.

Michael Francis Gibson