Miami-Dade County Visual Arts

Opening of Schneebett by Enrique Martinez Celaya

Opening of Schneebett by Enrique Martinez CelayaThursday, October 13, 6-8pm – Miami Art Museum Auditorium, 101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

Miami Art Museum will present the US debut of Enrique Martinez Celaya’s Schneebett, a major installation inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s convalescence and death in Vienna in 1827. Originally created for the Berliner Philharmonie and presented in 2004, Schneebett (Snow Bed) reflects on the final hours of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life. Its title is from a poem by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, a meditation on death. To re-animate the spirit of those celebrated exhibitions, Martinez Celaya created a new version of the installation for Miami Art Museum, which opens with a performance of Beethoven’s late quartets by the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A video of the performance will be on view for the duration of the exhibition. On view through January 1, 2012, the three-part installation conveys Beethoven’s final moments in Vienna, far away from his native Bonn. Martinez Celaya, who was born in Cuba, was inspired in part by the thought of Beethoven’s passing away far from Bonn, the city of his birth, which he left at age 21 never to return. For the opening reception, MAM members free; non-members $10. Parking is available at 50 N.W. 2nd Avenue for $5 with Museum validation.

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