Room with Broken Sentence is the title of Mark Manders’ exhibition at the Dutch Pavilion at this year’s Venice Art Biennale. Mark Manders is representing the Netherlands at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, the exhibition covers a 23 year span of Manders’ activity. The show combines existing installations with a new monumental 4 meter high sculpture.
Mark Manders: Room with Broken Sentence / Dutch Pavilion, Venice Ar... [more]
The artist Valentin Carron is representing Switzerland at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini. Carron conceived an exhibition that consists of wall and floor-based sculptural pieces, installation and readymade artwork. An over 80 meters long iron snake greets the visitor at the entrance and accompanies him through the whole exhibition. The main room of the pavilion features Windows, wall-based artworks inspired by the public and... [more]
Konrad Smoleński represents Poland at the Venice Art Biennale 2013. His monumental installation in the Polish Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini is titled Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More. The work is a continuation of the previous explorations of Konrad Smoleński, who focuses his interest on sound. Two church bells that have been cast especially for this exhibition are at the center of the installation. Two walls of loudspeakers and other elements complete the work. In regul... [more]
A cluster of kites float lazily in the evening sky: a classic red diamond, a black dragonfly with a long tail, a painted orange fish with no eyes. Hand-made and taped together by children’s hands with a mix of plastic bags, tissue paper, and wooden sticks. It is my first evening in Padang Bai, a small fishing village on the East coast of Bali. I am standing on the third floor terrace of the Dharma Guesthouse looking out at a lush green mountainside and tracing the line connecting each kit... [more]
English Magic is a new exhibition by artist Jeremy Deller conceived for the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, presented by the British Council. Jeremy Deller’s show focuses on British society, its cultural and political history, its people, icons, myths – from the past, present, and an imagined future.
There’s also English Magic, a new film work by Jeremy Deller, that forms a major part of his exhibition for the British Pavilion in 2013. The film brings together many o... [more]
Politics vs. Imagination
The national pavilions, part II, with Federico Florian
My tour through the national pavilions goes on (see Part I). We have imagined it like an artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial, from the substantial to the ephemeral. But the word ‘material’ has not only to do with the physical consistency of things. The term denotes something concrete, actual and real – a type of pragmatic and exact knowledge. The accuracy of hi... [more]
Alfredo Jaar is representing Chile at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. His work is a detailed model of the Biennale Giardini with all the art pavilions, placed in an enormous water tank. In regular intervals, the pavilions slowly sink and reappear again.
Alfredo Jaar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1956. He has lived in New York since 1982. Alfredo Jaar has participated in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009), São Paulo Bienal (1985... [more]
At the 55th Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Spain is represented by Lara Almarcegui, an artist who’s work often deals with urban wastelands and modern ruins. For the Spanish Pavilion, she conceived an installation that refers to the architecture and construction of the building that was constructed by Javier de Luque in 1922. Lara Almarcegui fills the pavilion’s spaces with mountains of different materials such as brick, concrete, cement, and glass: the same type an... [more]
The national pavilions.
An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial with Federico Florian
'Visions of spell sometimes emerge from the lagoon like ghosts dripping endless melancholy.’ These are the words that the well-known Italian art critic Antonio Morassi once used to describe the impressionistic views of Venice by Francesco Guardi – the great 18th century painter (and also Giambattista Tiepolo’s brother-in-law). Morassi’s description does justice to the e... [more]
Russia is participating in the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with Russian artist Vadim Zakharov’s exhibition Danaë, curated by Udo Kittelmann. Vadim Zakharov’s show focuses on the ancient Greek myth of Danaë, the mother of Perseus by Zeus. The myth of Zeus and Danaë has inspired many works of art, including the picture by Rembrand which was damaged in 1985 by a madman who threw sulphuric acid onto the canvas. Vadim Zakharov gives the mythol... [more]
The artist Tavares Strachan represents The Bahamas in the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2013. Curated by Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs, Tavares Strachan conceived an immersive installation that includes different media such as neon signs, video, sculpture, and painting, and surrounds the viewer by documentation of a reenactment of a historic narrative: the 1909 polar expedition of Robert Peary and Matthew Alexander Hens... [more]
The New York-based artist Sarah Sze is known for her complex sculptures and site-specific installations made of everyday objects such as tea bags, water bottles, and electric fans. Her works manipulate the space, be it a gallery, domestic interior or public space. This year she represents the United States of America at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. Her exhibition Triple Point features installations inside and outside the Pavilion building. Mu... [more]
Berlinde de Bruyckere is representing Belgium at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2013. De Bruyckere has conceived a site-specific installation for the Belgian Pavilion that is set in a very dark environment. Berlinde de Bruyckere is known for her scuptures that explore life and death. For her sculpture that reminds of a wounded tree or bones, she invited the writer J.M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 nobel prize for Literature, to serve as a curator and artistic col... [more]
Warning: For their presentations at this year’s Venice Art Biennale, France and Germany swapped their pavilions, so please watch the signage if you visit the show! I think that this is a fantastic idea. Imagine France is Germany, Europe is Asia, and she is he, and dogs are cats, and everything is everything. There is also some very good reason that the German pavilion features works by Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, Dayanita Singh, but damn, I guess you just want to see Ai W... [more]
Raqib Shaw is a London-based artist who is known for his opulent paintings of imagined paradises. Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague is currently presenting a representative selection of the works of Raqib Shaw. The exhibition was designed through direct interaction with the artist in cooperation with the Manchester Art Gallery. The solo show runs until September 15, 2013.
In this report, Raqib Shaw explains the overall approach to painting and his painting technique. In the second part of the int... [more]
SPECIAL PROJECTS AT SCOPE BASEL 2013
SCOPE's new curatorial direction, by Lori Zimmer
Just as the chaos of Frieze week in New York has calmed down, the party is resurrected in Basel, Switzerland. After a big splash at new venue, Skylight at Moynihan Station, SCOPE art fair continues to ride the heels of their rebranding honeymoon by raising the bar in Switzerland.
This year, SCOPE plans to wow with a roster of edgy featured projects including a sprawling El Anatsui installation, a museum quality scu... [more]