Marguerite Humeau, Venus of Frasassi, a 10-year-old female human has ingested a rabbit’s brain, 2018, Portland stone, sound, 31 1⁄2 × 12 3⁄4 × 11".

Marguerite Humeau

Kunstverein in Hamburg

he room was darkened, with ten vaguely anthropomorphic sculptures of various shapes and sizes illuminated by spotlights and scattered throughout—on plinths, on the floor, leaning against a column or wall. The sculptural and material qualities of these works—made of bronze; Portland stone; and pink, black, or brown alabaster—seemed to change with subtle variations in the light and shadows, which made their volumes both corporeal and abstract, and their surfaces fluctuate, almost as if alive.

Marguerite Humeau’s exhibition “ECSTASIES” was a sequel to her traveling show “Birth Canal,” which debuted at New York’s New Museum in 2018–19; like its precursor, it was anything but an ordinary sculpture show. It was a stage opened up to its audience, a synesthetic environment to be experienced with several senses simultaneously. The sculptures were accompanied by a complex sound collage of female

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