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Special Edition: Venice Biennale #5   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/15/13

In Anticipation of Missing Something New national pavilions – Angola, Bahrain, and Holy See – with Gabriella Picone It’s nearly impossible to see every work of art at the Venice Biennale and although many attempt to complete this glorious task, they often fall short. The biennale is just too monumental with the eighty-eight participating national pavilions, the extensive exhibition hall and hundred subsidiary events spread around the city. Inevitably there are always g... [more]

20130814185021-padiglione_angola__4_ In Anticipation of Missing Something: the Pavilions of Angola, Bahrain, and the Holy See   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/14/13

It’s nearly impossible to see every work of art at the Venice Biennale and although many attempt to complete this glorious task, they often fall short. The biennale is just too monumental with the eighty-eight participating national pavilions, the extensive exhibition hall and hundred subsidiary events spread around the city. Inevitably there are always going to be one or two forgotten national pavilions tucked away in the pockets of the city or an installation by an emerging artist located... [more]

20130814215104-stefanos_tsivopoulos_3 The National Pavilions, Part II: Politics vs. Imagination   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/14/13

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 historical analysis as well as the pragmatism of political discourse can both be included into the... [more]

20130807151212-gio_sumbadze_1 [VIDEO] Kamikaze Loggia. Pavilion of Georgia at Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ei Arakawa, Thea Djordjadze, Bouillon Group, Nikoloz Lutidze, Gela Patashuri, Gio Sumbadze, Sergei Tcherepnin at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 8/7/13

The Pavilion of Georgia at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 is an extension to an old building in the Arsenale site of the Biennial. The structure is called a “kamikaze loggia”, designed by Gio Sumbadze, who is a researcher of the typology of these vernacular architectural additions, which have been created since the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union to increase the living space. It’s said that a Russian journalist named them “kamikaze”, drawing a parallel betwee... [more]

20130807154757-lo [VIDEO] Yiqing Yin: In-Between / Venice Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yiqing Yin at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 8/7/13

The Venice Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is paying tribute to the “soft art”, weaving, and Venice as the destination of the legendary “silk roads” with the exhibition “Silk Map”. Six artists from Italy and the East have been invited to create artworks for the group show: AES+F, Marya Kazoun, Mimmo Roselli, Shilpa Gupta, Marialuisa Tadei and Yiqing Yin. The Paris-based French designer Yiqing Yin created the... [more]

Special Edition: Venice Biennale #4   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/3/13

A few remarks around the stones of Venice The Biennale collateral events, with Federico Florian [Venice is] a ghost upon the sands of the sea, so weak – so quiet, – so bereft of all but her loveliness, that we might well doubt, as we watched her faint reflection in the mirage of the lagoon, which was the City and which the Shadow. This is the description of Venice that the British writer and art historian John Ruskin gives in the incipit of his famous three-volume The Stones of Venice, p... [more]

20130731135920-wabf_bern1969_venice2013_23 The Biennale collateral events: a few remarks around the stones of Venice   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/31/13

[Venice is] a ghost upon the sands of the sea, so weak – so quiet, – so bereft of all but her loveliness, that we might well doubt, as we watched her faint reflection in the mirage of the lagoon, which was the City and which the Shadow. This is the description of Venice that the British writer and art historian John Ruskin gives in the incipit of his famous three-volume The Stones of Venice, published in London from 1851 to 1853. In the following lines, the author expresses the real... [more]

20130731212849-20130703031026-gilad_ratman_4 The national pavilions. An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/31/13

'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 evanescent, ghostly quality of Guardi's paintings; there, Venice seems to disappear in a tangle of colors and vaporized for... [more]

20130728072827-l [VIDEO] Mark Manders: Room with Broken Sentence / Dutch Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mark Manders at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/28/13

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]

20130728080849-svizzera [VIDEO] Valentin Carron. Swiss Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Valentin Carron at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - September 24th, 2013
Posted 7/28/13

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]

20130728082511-padiglione [VIDEO] Konrad Smoleński / Polish Pavillon, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Konrad Smoleński at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - September 24th, 2013
Posted 7/28/13

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]

20130724215609-kites_padangbai_bali This Used to be My Favorite Palm Tree   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/24/13

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]

20130720154920-_dsc2006 [VIDEO] Jeremy Deller: English Magic / British Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jeremy Deller at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/20/13

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]

Special Edition: Venice Biennale #3   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/18/13

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]

20130716142349-jaar_1 [VIDEO] Alfredo Jaar: Venezia, Venezia / Pavilion of Chile at Venice Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alfredo Jaar at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/16/13

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]

20130709211719-spagna_ir_4819 [VIDEO] Lara Almarcegui / Spanish Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lara Almarcegui at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/9/13

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]


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