Edward Burtynsky – Extraction / Abstraction

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After the worldwide success of the exhibition Anthropocene, a multimedia exploration that documented the indelible human footprint on the earth, the photographer Edward Burtynsky continues its exploration on the impact of human action on the planet through a new exhibition which will be hosted in Italy for the first time in M9 – Museum of the 20th Century starting from 21 June 2024, after its debut at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK.

The exhibition is the largest survey on the over forty-year career of the great Canadian artist Edward Burtynksy who dedicated his life to testifying to the environmental impact of the industrial system on our planet.

Curated by Marc Mayer, former director of the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, the exhibition features over 80 large format photographs, 10 high definition murals, one experience of Augmented Reality and a new section, called Process Archive, which will show the instruments and cameras used over the years by Burtynsky during his tireless navigation around the world.

Finally, the exhibition also includes the award-winning immersive multimedia projection of In the Wake of Progress, which will be screened in the new room M9 Horizons.

Burtynsky’s work focuses on what the artist describes as “large-scale industrial incursions across the planet.” Through a deep historical understanding of image-making and an impressive mastery of the photographic medium, Burtynsky invites his viewers to look at places that exist beyond our common experience, places that satisfy our desires and needs of the present but which, at the same time, determine the future of our habitat.

Edward Burtynsky is considered one of the most accomplished contemporary photographers in the world. His extraordinary photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent more than 40 years of commitment to witnessing man's impact on the planet.

Burtynsky's photographs are in the collections of more than 80 major museums around the world. Among the main exhibitions we remember Anthropocene (2018); Water (2013) organized by New Orleans Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Center, Louisiana; Oil (2009) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; China (five-year tour in 2005) and Manufactured Landscapes (2003) at the National Gallery of Canada.

Among numerous awards, he recently received the 2023 PHotoESPAÑA Award for professional career and the Pino Pascali Award (25th edition). Burtynsky was also a key figure in the production of the award-winning documentary trilogy Manufactured Landscapes (dir. Jennifer Baichwal, 2006), Watermark (dir. Baichwal and Burtynsky, 2013) and ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (dir. Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Burtynsky, 2018). All three films continue to participate in festivals around the world.