Pierre Bismuth, Iris Bernblum, Nelly Agassi
Curated by Dieter Roelstraete
For Marie is an exhibition specifically conceived for the lower-level gallery of Den Frie that brings together the work of three artists: Nelly Agassi (b. 1973 in Tel-Aviv; lives and works in Chicago), Iris Bernblum (b. 1975 in Toledo, OH; lives and works in Chicago), and Pierre Bismuth (b. 1963 in Paris; lives and works in Brussels). The exhibition – an act of homage sparked by reimagining Den Frie’s basement as an architectural, institutional subconscious of sorts – is named after Princess Marie Bonaparte of Greece and Denmark, a major patron of Sigmund Freud and a pioneering psychoanalyst in her own right whose research focused primarily on the perceived riddle of female sexuality For Marie shadows the concurrent exhibition staged inside the gallery’s main spaces above ground by drawing attention to history’s cacophonous subliminal, subterranean rumblings, evoked in the participating artists’ interest in psychoanalysis and the conjunction of architecture, gender and memory.