Nico Muhly – To the Body


Nico Muhly – To the Body

Color photo of a light skinned man sitting a computer desk and looking at the camera

Nico Muhly (photograph by Heidi Solander)

To the Body, composed by Nico Muhly (2018 Resident, current Trustee), is an immersive soundscape created for Yu Hong: Another One Bites the Dust, an exhibition curated by Alexandra Munroe that is on view concurrently with the 60th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia. It is a work in ten sections, played without pause and repeated without seam, in which fragments of Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (1680) appear, but are themselves disembodied from their original context. A soprano sings a line drawn from the original cantata over a bed of electronically manipulated sounds, Renaissance and Baroque instruments, and other voices. The primary musical and emotional elements are memory, contortion, and recontextualization; these act hand-in-hand with Yu Hong’s work, as well as in counterpoint to them.

To the Body receives its world premiere in Venice.

Yu Hong: Another One Bites the Dust is organized by Alexandra Munroe (current Trustee), senior curator at large for global arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition is a program of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Initiative that is supported by the museum’s Asian Art Circle.

Admission free and open to the public. To register, please email rsvp [at] (rsvp[at]yuhongvenice[dot]com).

Date & time
Thursday, June 6, 2024
5:00 PM
Chiesetta della Misericordia
Campo de l’Abazia, 3550
Venice, Italy
Event sponsorship

To The Body was commissioned by Works & Process with support from the American Academy in Rome and the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Circle.