Suggestion, Force, Disease, and Passing in Viviane Sassen’s “Venus and Mercury“
propelled by different records of the French imperial court in the seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds of years. She wove these accounts into a melancholic story soaked in suggestion, power, interest, ailment, rot, and demise.
Various intriguing stories lie behind the display Venus and Mercury at Huis Marseille. Many were motivated by the lives of Marie-Antoinette, imperial courtesans, poisoners and seers, just as by the sexual and clinical narratives that encompassed the French illustrious court in the seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds of years. Venus alludes to the Roman goddess of affection and desire, and Mercury to mercury, the substantial fluid metal that was for some time used to treat venereal sicknesses. Every one of the fourteen exhibitions recounts to a different story; together they structure a connected succession of surprising narratives, with join graceful messages by Marjolijn van Heemstra. A portion of these accounts are connected by the entertainer Tilda Swinton in a sleep inducing video establishment. Other than interactive media establishments, the display incorporates special works made with paint and collection procedures, banners, and detached grand pieces.
A darker looking child, supposedly the ill-conceived little girl of the Sovereign of France – Louise Marie-Thérèse, who was conceived in 1664 – is one of the famous figures from the historical backdrop of the French court that motivated Viviane Sassen to make various one of a kind works rewarded with ink and paint and hung in the Nursery Room at Huis Marseille.