Intersections: Nicholas and Sheila Pye

The Coronation

February 17 - May 22, 2011

The Coronation is a three-channel video with sound, projected on three 52-inch plasma monitors. Wall-mounted and arranged like a triptych, the work alters the architecture of the gallery and establishes a visual dialogue with Georges Rouault's Tragic Landscape, 1930, from the permanent collection. The Coronation is a pictorial narrative, in which the Pyes, who are married and come from Canada, explore issues of gender and identity. In three separate scenes that unfold simultaneously and evoke panels in an altarpiece, the couple is shown in a series of physical transformations against an Edenic landscape, as they come together and separate.


Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

Intersections is supported by Phillips International Forum members.