Vanessa Beecroft

Castello di Rivoli

Three different groups of women—young, naked models; relatives of the artist and veterans of her past performances dressed in brightly colored tunics; upper-crust Turinese women dressed in tunics of a color between beige and tawny yellow—sat on glass chairs facing a glass table. Waiters entered and served foods of different colors in turn. The women ate slowly, with severe facial expressions and without speaking. This was VB52, 2003, Vanessa Beecroft’s latest performance, conceived for the Castello di Rivoli, whose retrospective of the artist’s work also included documentation of earlier performances projected on a giant screen and a series of photographs, including numerous Polaroids from the early ’90s.

The bourgeois ceremonies that Beecroft stages are becoming more complicated. For some years now, her actions have indeed been downright liturgical and thus quite different from her early

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