For the 35th installment of his Body Double series, Brice Dellsperger recreated the mural from the opening scene of Robert Greenwald’s Xanadu (1980). In the film, a frustrated artist toils away in his studio, tearing up his sketches. The scraps that he tosses from his window eventually reach the mural, seemingly giving life to the inanimate women painted in the foreground, who break away from the painting to perform the musical number “I’m Alive.” During the exhibition, Dellsperger shot a film in front of the mural at Swiss Institute’s 18 Wooster Street space, reenacting this scene. The final version of the film, made complete with costumes by the artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz, was on view on the gallery’s second level.
Brice Dellsperger (1972, France) lives and works in Paris, France. Dellsperger studied at Villa Arson in Nice, France, and then at IMAC in Paris. Since 2004, he teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 1995, Brice Dellsperger he started developing the Body Double cycle, which has been presented at numerous international film festivals. His solo exhibitions include Réflexions, Air de Paris, Paris (2015), and Body Double: Vous n’en croirez pas vos yeux at Team Gallery, New York, USA (2014). His work is included in numerous public collections, including that of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.