Richard H. Driehaus Museum Presents “Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin”

Richard H. Driehaus Museum Presents
“Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin”
February 16 to April 14

“Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin is the first solo US museum exhibition of Copenhagen-based artist Sif Itona Westerberg, featuring recent bronze and concrete sculptures that draw from popular mythological narratives in dialogue with the museum’s richly-ornamented 1883 Nickerson Mansion. Curated by Stephanie Cristello, Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin is the fourth iteration of the Driehaus Museum’s contemporary art series, A Tale of Today, in which emerging artists build upon the immersive experience and cultural history of the Gilded Age building to expand our understanding of the world through the art, architecture, design.

“Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin takes inspiration from the Ancient Greek myth of soulmates—a single body that was divided into two parts, fated to forever yearn and search for its reflection. The exhibition title borrows terminology from concepts of interpersonal connection, a ‘twin flame’ often described in modern psychology as akin to soulmates. Westerberg contrasts ideals of creation and metamorphoses with the idea of ‘ruin,’ a double entendre in reference to either disaster, or the remnants of Classical artifacts.

“Creating a language of hybrid forms, Westerberg transforms common industrial materials such as aerated concrete into delicate, sensitive surfaces engraved with the retellings of ancient lore. Using material to explore the technological advances of industrialization, as well as the disenchantment that replaced myth in the dawn of modern society, Westerberg’s work offers a deeper understanding of the Nickerson Mansion and the cultural and social ideals of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.”

Learn more at Sif Itona Westerberg: Twin Flame, Double Ruin exhibition website at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum

“The Richard H. Driehaus Museum engages and inspires the global community through exploration and ongoing conversations in art, architecture, and design of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Samuel Mayo Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883, at the height of the Gilded Age. The Museum’s collection reflects and is inspired by the collecting interests, vision, and focus of its founder, the late Richard H. Driehaus.”

Learn more about the Richard H. Driehaus Museum at www.DriehausMuseum.org

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