Mary Weatherford

"The Flaying of Marsyas"
an exhibition at Grimani Palace Museum
Mary Weatherford

The Grimani Palace Museum presents “The Flaying of Marsyas“, an exhibition of new paintings created by Mary Weatherford in 2021. Set up on the second floor of the museum in conjunction with the 59. Art Biennale, the exhibition was designed in collaboration with renowned architect and designer Kulapat Yantrasast.

The works in the “The Flaying of Marsyas” cycle are inspired by Titian‘s great 1570-76 masterpiece of the same name – The Punishment of Marsyas, now housed in the Archbishop’s Museum of Kroměříž in the Czech Republic – and reflect the timeless fascination this painting holds for Weatherford.

Inspired by the Renaissance painter’s delicate palette and paying homage to Venice’s distinctive light, Weatherford uses Flashe paint and neon lights to restore the effect of the antique canvas. The artist responds to Titian’s composition by translating the violent nature of his mythological theme into a more spontaneous form, also alluding to fate, haughtiness, and the relationship between the human and the divine.

Palazzo Grimani is currently hosting the exhibitions Domus Grimani, focused on classical statues, and Archinto, an exhibition of new and recent work by Georg Baselitz.


Location: Museo Palazzo Grimani, Venice

Schedule: until November 27, 2022

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