‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’ brings together Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger in a unique collaboration with The Royal Ballet, specially commissioned works responding to three of Titian’s paintings – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and the recently acquired Diana and Callisto – which depict stories from Ovid’s epic poem ‘Metamorphoses’.
The original poem was rendered to paintings by Titian, then today, to contemporary poem, ballet, paintings, performance and installation.
I particularly like Mark Wallinger’s discovering and concealing way of response. It offers a contemporary encounter with a living, breathing Dana while reminding us of the perils of looking. It is refreshing to walk in a dark room to walk around a bathroom model and peek through possible holes…
Wallinger said “Diana is about watching and being caught in the act and evolved out of my desire to find a way of representing Diana bathing in a contemporary way.”