Maria Zerres 'Dylan Paintings' (Palazzo Donà Dalle Rose, Venice)
Curated by Alan Jones
May 31 – September 25 2011
Publication: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
The cycle of paintings entitled “Dylan Paintings” of German painter Maria Zerres is inspired
by the most important biographical and musical facets in the life and work of the singer. The
passion and intellectual bite of Dylan’s music and poetry radiate from the radical naiveté and
the conceptual, painterly hand of Zerres‘ art.
The exhibition, taking place during the 54th Venice Biennale, is a cooperative project between
the Brigitte Schenk Gallery in Cologne, which has represented the artist for over $fteen years,
and the new foundation of Heiner Friedrich, DASMAXIMUM, in Traunreut, Baveria.
Legendary founder of the Dia Foundation in New York and Cologne, Heiner Friedrich has kept
a cycle of 60 paintings to be shown at the Foundation in Traunreut, beside works by Georg
Baselitz, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Imi Knoebel, Uwe Lausen, Blinky Palermo, Arnulf
Rainer and Andy Warhol. From July onwards, the Foundation will be open to the public. In its
unity, the painting cycle shown in Venice is meant to be seen as a closed body of work, and will
be on view for four months from June to September.
The exhibition´s curator, Alan Jones, author of the recent bestseller biography of Leo Castelli,
has written a text for the catalogue accompanying the show. In addition, the catalogue includes
a poem written especially for the exhibition, dedicated to Bob Dylan by the rock star Marilyn