Matthew Barney takes over the Hayward Gallery

From 17 March to 16 May 2021, The Hayward Gallery in London will showcase Mathew Barney’s new body of work which includes sculptures, engravings and the UK launch of a new film exploring the interchange between humans, landscapes, American myths and the natural world.

Set in the Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain, the feature-length film weaves classical elements and contemporary interpretations on the myth of Diana and Actaeon. Like most of Barney’s previous films, the piece is without dialogue but for the first time, the artist has added choreography. All of the dance passages were filmed on location.

Ralph Rugoff, Director at the Hayward Gallery, says: “Matthew Barney has created a significant new chapter in his artistic evolution with the challenging and thoughtful works in this exhibition. Focusing on our relationship with the natural world and a related range of timely and highly-charged issues, Redoubt reveals an artist in the midst of expanding his artistic language with exhilarating ingenuity whilst forging an urgent vision about some of the most pressing matters of our time.”

Redoubt presents a significant new direction in Barney’s oeuvre. The show will continue his exploration of materials started over the past decade, from the petroleum jelly of his earlier works to the cast metals that appeared in River of Fundament, 2014. The four large-scale sculptures in the exhibition derive from trees harvested from a burned forest in the Sawtooth Mountains. Formed out of molten copper and brass, the unique casts embody enlarged militarised elements, giving the sculptures poetical and intriguing dimensions.


Matthew Barney, Redoubt, 2018. Production still. ©Matthew Barney, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.
Matthew Barney, Redoubt, 2018. Production still. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.