Matthew Barney

Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen

Matthew Barney opened this survey of his work from the past five years to spectacular effect—with an elaborate costume parade featuring the complete cast of characters from his films and videos. This event, which drew a crowd that overflowed into the museum’s courtyard, served both as a prelude to the exhibition inside and as a trailer for the screening of Barney’s latest film, Cremaster 1, 1995. His entire repertoire was represented in the parade—from the “anal warrior” of Mile High Threshold: Flight with the Anal Sadistic Warrior, 1991, coach Al Davis and football hero Jim Otto of OTTOshaft, 1992, to the double-horned ram and fairies of Cremaster 4, 1994—all moving across and around a catwalk to music supplied by kilted bagpipers and an oversized sound system. Seen in the flesh, these characters inevitably lost some of their mythical aura. Creating an atmosphere at once comical and

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