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20140213135145-image_2 Vision, knowledge and infinity: Kader Attia and the Jacob’s Ladder   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kader Attia at Whitechapel Gallery November 26th, 2013 - November 23rd
Posted 2/13/14

The 28th paragraph of Genesis, verses 10-13, reads: Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord […]. Lots of artists, during the course of... [more]

20131228150051-dieter_roth_-_self_tower__1_ An art of waste and recycling   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Björn Roth, Dieter Roth at HangarBicocca Foundation November 6th, 2013 - February 9th
Posted 12/28/13

In 1970, for his first solo show, Dieter Roth filled the Eugenia Butler Gallery in L.A. with thirty-seven suitcases containing assorted cheeses, transforming the room into a place infested by flies and maggots. In 1992, inside the spaces of a decadent former coach house near Hamburg, he created the Schimmelmuseum, a “museum of mold” including perishable works of art made of chocolate, sugar and spices. In 1982 Roth carried out a photographic record of the excrements he produced daily... [more]

20131106181053-onetorino_fond Wandering through Turin’s porticoes: the ONE TORINO project   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Artissima November 7th, 2013 - January 12th
Posted 11/6/13

With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches join together the most representative buildings in town,... [more]

20131105124033-large_1379003912 On occultism and race tracks: Artissima   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Artissima November 8th, 2013 - November 10th, 2013
Posted 11/5/13

Turin rises up along a natural handle, the point where two rivers – the Po and the Stura – join together. The town seems to find its refuge there, and grows to the South multiplying its reticulum of streets and blocks. It resembles a reserved beautiful lady, adorned with yellow autumn leaves and magnificent stone facades – she softly reclines on the Piedmontese hills and looks towards the Alps, whose embrace protects her from the Northern winds. Turin, especially in autumn, is so... [more]

Leave me alone: An Interview with Driant Zeneli  
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11/3/13

Turin, Italy, Nov. 2013: Driant Zeneli is one of the most promising young artists in the contemporary art panorama. Born in Shkoder, Albania in 1983, he moved to Italy when he was eighteen. His video works tell people’s dreams, desires, hopes and failures, starting from performances and actions where chance plays an essential role. About two weeks ago at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Turin, he presented his latest creation, Leave me alone, in the context of the show “Vitrine – Gente in s... [more]

20130814215104-stefanos_tsivopoulos_3 The National Pavilions, Part II: Politics vs. Imagination   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
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]

20130731212849-20130703031026-gilad_ratman_4 The national pavilions. An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
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]

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]

20130619192203-marino_auriti Notes on ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’. A Venetian tour through the Biennale   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kasper Akhøj, Victor Alimpiev, Ellen Altfest, Pawel Althamer, Levi Fisher Ames, Yuri Ancarani, Carl Andre, Uri Aran, Yüksel Arslan, Ed Atkins, Marino Auriti, Enrico Baj, Nikolay Bakharev, Miroslaw Balka, Phyllida Barlow, Morton Bartlett, Gianfranco Baruchello, Hans Bellmer, Neïl Beloufa, Stefan Bertalan, Rossella Biscotti, John Bock, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Geta Bratescu, KP Brehmer, James Lee Byars, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Roger Caillois, Varda Caivano, Vlassis Caniaris, James Castle, Alice Channer, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, aleister Crowley, Oliver Croy, R. Crumb, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Jos de Gruyter, Walter de Maria, Tacita Dean, John DeAndrea, Simon Denny, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Oliver Elser, Harun Farocki, Guo Fengyi, Peter Fischli, Aurélien Froment, Phyllis Galembo, Norbert Ghisoland, Yervant Gianikian, Domenico Gnoli, Robert Gober, Tamar Guimarães, João Maria Gusmão, Wade Guyton, Duane Hanson, Frieda Harris, Sharon Hayes, Camille Henrot, Daniel Hesidence, Roger Hiorns, Channa Horwitz, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, René Iché, Hans Josephsohn, Carl Gustav Jung, Bouchra Khalili, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hilma af Klint, Eva Kotátková, Evgenij Kozlov, emma kunz, Maria Lassnig, Mark Leckey, Augustin Lesage, Herbert List, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Sarah Lucas, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Helen Marten, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Steve McQueen, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Marisa Merz, Pierre Molinier, Matthew Monahan, Laurent Montaron, Melvin Moti, Matt Mullican, Ron Nagle, Linda Fregni Nagler, Bruce Nauman, Paulo Nazareth, Albert Oehlen, Shinro Ohtake, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Henrik Olesen, Damián Ortega, John Outterbridge, Pedro Paiva, Marco Paolini, Diego Perrone, Walter Pichler, Otto Piene, Paloma Polo, Eliot Porter, Imran Qureshi, Carol Rama, Charles Ray, James Richards, Achilles G. Rizzoli, Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pamela Rosenkranz, Dieter Roth, Viviane Sassen, Shinichi Sawada, Hans Schärer, Karl Schenker, Michael Schmidt, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Tino Sehgal, Richard Serra, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Drossos P. Skyllas, Harry Smith, Xul Solar, Christiana Soulou, Eduard Spelterini, Rudolf Steiner, Hito Steyerl, Papa Ibra Tall, Dorothea Tanning, Harald Thys, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, Andra Ursuta, Erik van Lieshout, Stan VanDerBeek, Danh Vo, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, David Weiss, Günter Weseler, Jack Whitten, Cathy Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Kan Xuan, Lin Xue, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Sergey Zarva, Anna Zemánková, Jakub Julian Ziólkowski, Artur Zmijewski at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13

That day, the Yellow Emperor showed the poet his palace. They left behind, in long succession, the first terraces on the west which descend, like the steps of an almost measureless amphitheater, to a paradise or garden whose metal mirrors and intricate juniper hedges already prefigured the labyrinth. They lost themselves in it, gaily at first, as if condescending to play a game, but afterwards not without misgiving, for its straight avenues were subject to a curvature, ever so slight, but con... [more]

20130514050330-1 The Maudit, Thomas Zipp   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Thomas Zipp at Kaufmann Repetto Gallery April 5th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Posted 5/14/13

The spaces of Kaufmann Repetto gallery in Milan smell of blood, medicine and hospital. The walls are covered with a black shiny varnish and the neon lights on the ceiling spread their cold beams over the mirroring tables. The setting looks like a security room or a refrigerating cell – there’s no life here, no wishes, no hopes. Every hint of humanity is properly frozen in the material traces of someone’s passage – a stool slightly moved by an invisible hand, some pale wooden apples scattered around b... [more]

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