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[VIDEO] Anri Sala: Ravel Ravel Unravel. French Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
Anri Sala represents France at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. The exhibition is titled Ravel Ravel Unravel, which is a play on words based on the verb ravel, as well as a reference to the French composer Maurice Ravel. The videos on display show two pianists and a DJ who tries to sync the two different performances. This year, France and Germany have swapped their pavilions in the Giardini, so Anri Sala’s project has been conceived for the space of the German Pavilion. Read more at Vernissage TV (Image on top: Anri Sala; Courtesy of the a... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 8/20/13
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[VIDEO] Kamikaze Loggia. Pavilion of Georgia at Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 between the romantic and suicidal character of these extensions and the typical ending of most Georgian fa... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 8/7/13
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The national pavilions. An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial.

by 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 evanescent, ghostly quality of Guardi's paintings; there, Venice seems to disappear in a tangle of colors and vaporized forms. I think about Guardi while I'm standing in front of a bar's window in Piazza San Marco – I ca... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 7/31/13
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[VIDEO] Ai Weiwei: Bang / German Pavilion at French Pavilion / Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 Weiwei’s stools, so here they are: Bang! Read more at Vernissage TV. (Image on top: Ai Weiwei,... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/2/13
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[VIDEO] Jeremy Deller: English Magic / British Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 of the ideas behind the works in the Pavilion and features visual and thema... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/20/13
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[VIDEO] Mark Manders: Room with Broken Sentence / Dutch Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 Art Biennale 2013. Professional Preview, May 30, 2013. Read more at Vernissage TV. (Image on to... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/28/13
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[VIDEO] Venezuelan Urban Artists Collective. Pavilion of Venezuela at Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
The Pavilion of Venezuela at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is dedicated to Urban Art. The exhibition is titled El Arte Urbano. Una estetica de la Subversion (Urban Art. The Aesthetics of Subversion). The pavilion is curated by Juan Calzadilla. Venezuelan Urban Artists Collective: El Arte Urbano. Una estetica de la Subversion (Urban Art. The Aesthetics of Subversion). Pavilion of Venezuala at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Professional Preview, May 31, 2013. Read more at Vernissage TV. (Image on top: Venezuelan U... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 9/12/13
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[VIDEO] Lara Almarcegui / Spanish Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 and quantity of construction materials used by workers to construct the pavilion in the early 20th cen... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/9/13
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[VIDEO] Valentin Carron. Swiss Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 religious architecture of the 1950s which recall modernist abstract paintings – but are i... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/28/13
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[VIDEO] Konrad Smoleński / Polish Pavillon, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 regular intervals, the traditional bronze bells, full-range speakers and other sonorous objects play a sympho... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/28/13
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Notes on ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’. A Venetian tour through the Biennale

by Federico Florian
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 continuous (and secretly those avenues were circles).   Jorge Luis Borges, The Parable of The Palace ... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 6/19/13
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[VIDEO] Tavares Strachan: Polar Eclipse / Bahamas Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 Henson. This video provides you with an exhibition walkthrough and a short interview with Tavares Stra... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/2/13
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[VIDEO] Berlinde de Bruyckere: Kreupelhout – Cripplewood / Belgian Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 collaborator. The collaboration follows a joint project from 2012, when De Bruyckere and Coetzee publi... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/2/13
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[VIDEO] Yiqing Yin: In-Between / Venice Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 art piece “In-Between”, a red threaded body portrait of a woman. The installation is ma... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 8/7/13
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In Anticipation of Missing Something: the Pavilions of Angola, Bahrain, and the Holy See

by 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 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 on the second floor of a hidden palazzo that is missed. This year’s 55th Venice Biennale, &ld... [more]
Posted by Gabriella Picone on 8/14/13
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[VIDEO] Vadim Zakharov. Danaë / Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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 mythological theme of Danaë an updated interpretation. Curator Udo Kittelmann says: “The... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/2/13
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[VIDEO] Terike Haapoja at Nordic Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
Terike Haapoja’s solo exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion is one of two exhibitions that Finland presents at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibitions are presented under the heading Falling Trees, a title that refers to an event that happened at the 2011 biennale: The Finnish pavilion was severely damaged when a large tree fell on the building. While Antti Laitinen deals with the exhibition concept in the Finnish Aalto Pavilion, Terike Haapoja converts the Nordic Pavilion into a dimly lit space reminiscent of a science museum. Terike Haapoj... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 8/20/13
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[VIDEO] Ali Kazma: Resistance. Pavilion of Turkey at Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
For his participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy, Turkish artist Ali Kazma conceived a multi-channel video installation called Resistance. Resistance explores ways to both release the human body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. Ali Kazma looks at how the body is shaped today through scientific, cultural and social tools. Read more at Vernissage TV. [Image on top: Ali Kazma, particolari dell’installazione; Courtesy of the artist and La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) / Photo by Italo Rondinella] [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 9/12/13
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[VIDEO] Alfredo Jaar: Venezia, Venezia / Pavilion of Chile at Venice Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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, 1987, 2010), and Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). His exhibition Venezia, Venezia is curated by... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/16/13
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The National Pavilions, Part II: Politics vs. Imagination

by 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 historical analysis as well as the pragmatism of political discourse can both be included into the realm of the ‘material’. On the contrary, the domain of the ‘immaterial’ emb... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 8/14/13
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[VIDEO] Sarah Sze: Triple Point / U.S. Pavilion / Venice Art Biennale 2013

by Vernissage TV
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. Much of Sarah Sze’s solo show evolved on-site over a three-month installation period. For Triple Poin... [more]
Posted by Vernissage TV on 7/2/13
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“We’re not like artists”: What the Venice Architecture Biennale says about art

by Elvia Wilk
Director David Chipperfield stands at the whitewashed entranceway to the Arsenale on the opening day of his Common Ground biennale, pink-faced among a swarm of onlookers. He’s exclaiming in front of a videocamera: “We’re not like artists! The primary material of architects is our buildings – we can’t hang buildings on the wall.” Maybe they don’t go on the wall, but where do the buildings go at the Architecture Biennale? It’s a question that no one, least of all Chipperfield, seems able to answer. Though architects have found ways to present their work to the public for centuries, large-scale e... [more]
Posted by Elvia Wilk on 9/26/12
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Notes on Gloria

by Mia DiMeo
Olympic medalists could help the U.S. win another kind of gold—the Golden Lion prize for best National Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale—as part of the multimedia performance, sculpture, video, and sound exhibition by Puerto Rico-based conceptualists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. There was some surprise when the pair was chosen to be the U.S. representatives for 2011, following the recent big-name artists, including the posthumous presentation of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres in 2007 or Bruce Nauman’s Golden Lion–winning installation in 2009, shown in Venice. The married coupl... [more]
Posted by Mia DiMeo on 6/6/11
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Future Speak

by Alexander Forbes
Bice Curiger curates the 54th Biennale’s international exhibition, ILLUMInations, which examines, as the (somewhat cringe-worthy) title suggests, the artist’s role in shedding light on reality within our post-national landscape. An art-world fixture, Curiger has worked for nearly two decades as curator of the Kunsthaus Zurich, co-founded the Zurich- and New-York-based critical journal Parkett, and is the editorial director of Tate etc. The exhibition’s artist make-up veers towards young and male, with only thirty-two females represented out of eighty-two total. A great number of artists, inc... [more]
Posted by Alexander Forbes on 6/3/11
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Future Promises

by Mara Goldwyn
Change has been bubbling to the surface across the Arab region, and as it passes the boiling point, it’s unclear what to do with so much hot water. What direction will the post-revolution(s) take? Who will determine the shape of things to come, and how? Disillusionment with politics has perhaps been the driving force behind much of the movement. In the meanwhile, strategies for creating and defining the future are being contemplated and considered and not only are other voices being included but different forms of communication are playing a more central role. Art is one of them. The privatel... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 6/6/11
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World on a String

by Rebecca Catching
Curator Daniel Birnbaum chose a clever theme in this year’s curated biennale exhibition. It has almost endless scope and he did a fairly good job of making sure that the artists fit the topic – even if that did sometimes mean equating “making installations” with “making worlds”. The art was generally of high quality, interactive, thought provoking and yes, even fun.The first and most entrancing work was Lydia Pape’s “Ttéia I, C. 2002” – a black void shot through with glinting golden columns of thread that left us feeling a bit breathless (in the same way one feels in beholding a monumental p... [more]
Posted by Rebecca Catching on 7/13/09
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Best in Show

by Rebecca Catching
  Ah the pavilions – what to do about this motley crew. All too often they are hijacked by government bureaucrats who choose curators they know will put up a safe show, unlikely to ruffle any feathers. Still, the pavilions nonetheless offer an interesting barometer of a particular government’s attitude towards contemporary art. Some governments--Iran, USA and the UAE--came off as woefully out of touch. Feel free to disagree, but it’s doubtful that anyone goes to the Biennale to see middling sculpture and abstract calligraphy (Iran), retrospectives of modernist icons such as Bruce Nauman... [more]
Posted by Rebecca Catching on 7/13/09
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Collateral Damages

by Rebecca Catching
The collateral events, like the pavilions, were a very mixed bag – it was like the biennale threw a party and everyone was invited – even those who should have been left off the guest list such as Liu Zhong (“In Praise of Nature”) and his traditional Chinese painting renditions of dull-eyed sheep – reportedly sponsored by the Chinese government. Many of the shows seemed to fall between the realms of completely irrelevant expressionist painting and poorly conceived conceptual art.There were however a number of standout shows that poked up out of the muck. Several of the most interesting ones... [more]
Posted by Rebecca Catching on 7/13/09