2013 | sound piece for museum audioguide | 16 minutes | English and German
Where does the story begin? Does the story begin? The paintings tell a tale that unfolds in all directions: high and low, close up in the foreground and far on the horizon at an impossible distance. Which way will you turn as you enter the gallery? You can start by turning left or turning right. Either way, the paintings’ story will be told, but will it be the same story?
Created for Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, Mille Regretz leads visitors on a unique tour of ten sixteenth-century tapestry cartons by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, depicting the 1535 Conquest of Tunis. The artist shares historical details and personal impressions, artistic curiosities and musical impulses. By turns factual and fantastical, Mille Regretz addresses representations of warm and colonialism, patronage and artistic autonomy, and questions how we understand Vermeyen’s images as modern-day spectators.
In 2015, Mille Regretz was acquired by the Museum as is now part of the permanent collection.
The below videos provide footage of the Vermeyen cartons on view at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, as well as excerpts of the spoken and sung narrative. Contact Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay for the complete soundtrack.
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