We invite you to explore Pérez Art Museum Miami’s (PAMM) newest exhibition—Marco Brambilla: Heaven’s Gate. Explore this hyperrealistic, immersive video installation that satirizes Hollywood glamour and excess.
Meet the artist in the gallery on opening day from 5-7pm.
About Heaven’s Gate
A satirical, vertigo-inducing meditation on the Hollywood ‘Dream Factory,’ Heaven’s Gate takes viewers through a time capsule of lush cinematic landscapes of collaged film samples collected from famous Hollywood images, featuring major stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Beyoncé, Audrey Hepburn, and Matthew McConaughey.
In a totem-like display of screens, the viewer travels through a vertical landscape of infinitely-looping scenes from prominent films, led upwards through a series of seven surreal landscapes that retell the history of the world—starting with the creation of the universe and culminating in a dramatic explosion—to examine human nature’s relationship to consumption and overabundance. Referencing the luminous qualities of silver screen spectacles, the piece both celebrates collective storytelling consciousness and satirizes its saturated glamour. Film characters and fantastical set pieces are transformed into infinitely looping memes, trapped in time as media sculptures remove from their original context; now inhabiting a hyper-sensory parallel universe where the lines between gaming, news, reality TV, and Hollywood are part of the same human epic.
The title “Heaven’s Gate” refers to Michael Cimino’s 1980 film whose extreme production costs bankrupted United Artists and effectively brought to an end the era of director as auteur, paving the way for the studio domination of the medium, which has continued to the present-day. The work reappropriates the language of pop culture to depict the tensions present in religion, industry and celebrity: ascension and fall, innocence and experience, vanity and pageantry, sexuality and awakening, simplicity and excess. Through this absorbing work, Brambilla highlights the sensory overload of today’s compendium of popular culture to engulf the viewer’s senses with a hyper-saturation of imagery almost impossible to sustain.