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Art Basel: Dinner Celebrating Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament

By Codi Mohr

June 20, 2014

An intimate dinner co-hosted by Tina Brown, Daphne Guinness, Eli Broad, Dasha Zhukova, and Credit Suisse took place on June 17 at Kunstmuseum Basel celebrating artist Matthew Barney at this year’s Art Basel. Dinner was preceded by cocktails and a conversation between Brown and Barney in which they discussed the making of Barney’s latest film.

Barney is well known for his eight-year project Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002). For Art Basel 2014, Barney presented yesterday his seven-year collaborative effort River of Fundament with composer Jonathan Bepler as the film’s Swiss debut at the Theater Basel. The piece is a six-hour opera following the death and reincarnation of novelist Norman Mailer (based loosely on his 1983 novel Ancient Evenings) and a 1967 Chrysler Imperial, and it will not be screened in the Unites States until next year.

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Guests including Steve A. Cohen, Richard Chang, Marc Glimcher, and Jeffrey Deitch were surrounded by decorative white peonies and harp music by Italian musician Désirée Dell’Amore.

Art BaselCredit SuisseDaphne GuinnessDasha ZhukovaDésirée Dell’AmoreEli BroadJeffrey DeitchJonathan BeplerKunstmuseum BaselMarc GlimcherMatthew BarneyNorman MailerRichard ChangSteve A. CohenTina Brown

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