The Clown (Pagliacci, Leoncavallo)

Based on a true story, Pagliacci introduces us to the clown Canio, who is driven to violent desperation when his wife’s adultery is exposed. This leads to an on-stage confrontation and ultimately to his murder by the audience that once loved him. Here, Canio’s costume is suspended in?a moment of free-fall surrounded by daggers. It is as though he just jumped from the Pavilion’s balcony, referencing his untethering from reality, an impression reinforced by the minimum of strings that hold the sculpture in place.

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