Vik Muniz

Atalanta and Hippomenes, after Guido Reni – Diptych, 2006

Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum
Diptych: 236 × 360 cm (236 × 180 cm – each part)

The work by Vik Muniz ‘Atalanta and Hippomenes, after Guido Reni’, 2006 from ‘Pictures of Garbage’ series is an appropriation of painting by Guido Reni, an Italian painter.

Atalanta was famous for her beauty and speed in running. Her father wanted her to be married, but Atalanta, agreed to marry only if her suitors could outrun her in a footrace. Those who lost would be killed.

Hoping to win the race, young Hippomenes asked the goddess Aphrodite for a help, and she gave him three golden apples. The apples were irresistible, so every time Atalanta got ahead of Hippomenes, he rolled an apple ahead of her, and she would run after it. In this way, Hippomenes won the footrace and came to marry Atalanta.

Vik Muniz. Moscow House of Photography: Nov – Dec 2007
Vik Muniz – Russian Project. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow: Oct 2007 – Feb 2008

Vik Muniz. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2007. pp. 144 – 145

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