Human brings together the powerful vision of Sean Scully and the majesty of San Giorgio Maggiore. The exhibition is devoted to the fundamental tension between our heart’s striving in a world of beauty and struggle and our soul’s yearning for eternal transcendence.
Featuring around forty new and recent paintings, sculptures, works on paper and stained glass windows, HUMAN takes visitors on an intimate journey through the various artistic fields that Scully has mastered since the early 1970s. Scully’s unique, innovative vocabulary of horizontal and vertical stripes, for which he is internationally renowned, which has now embraced figurative composition, is on rich display throughout. His vision transforms the Abbey into something that is timeless in its sublimity.
“I want to make available the journey from the spiritual to the physical, and from the physical to the spiritual.”- Sean Scully
Inspired by the biblical story of Jacob’s Ladder, which established a conduit between the world we inhabit and the one that lies beyond, Scully’s soaring sculpture rises over ten metres under the Basilica’s dome. Comprised of stacked frames wrapped in felt of rich and varied colours, "Opulent Ascension" directs one’s gaze heavenwards through the oculus of the cupola.
Credits: installation views of Sean Scully "Human", Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, 2021 © Sean Scully, courtesy Kewenig, photos by Stefan Müller / Video by Patxi Bergé, courtesy Kewenig