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l’arte non è cosa nostra…

So to address the Sgarbi issue (see previous post) ‘cos you could not really avoid it…here is a tiny fraction of his art vomitorium…

HOWEVER…there were amazing things even in this ill conceived mish mash…

Le Cene di san Giuseppe Folk art from Salemi – offerings made from baked salt dough…

…and outside of the Arsenale and Giardini venues…

…a rather marvellous instalation by Koen Vanmechelen  – Born in Venice
a contemporary manifestation on the borderline of art and science at the Palazzo Loredan…

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deconstructing constructions…

Beautiful work by Chinese artist Song Dong…Four artists were invited by curator Bice Curiger to create ‘para-pavilions.’ These large site-specific structures are designed to host works by other artists, in order to break up the expansive ‘illuminations’ exhibition. The artist de-constructed his family home in order to create this work…

This made me smile…Artist Lateefa Bint Maktoum at the United Arab Emirates pavilion – think she might be their answer to Jack Vettriano!

Installations by Monica Bonvicini

Yang Maoyuan’s ‘all things are visible

China always seems to show in this space… When i asked a Chinese artist friend about his opinion on the work by Yang Maoyuan, he was hugely dismissive saying it was government art by a government artist…so there you go!

other posts on the venice biennale 2011 in this blog

giardini – catch that pigeon

pavilions inside gardens inside the biennale

my “i imposter”

stars of track and field we are

biennale supermarket

l’arte non è cosa nostra

biennale supermarket…

So time to jump back a little bit, back to the Venice Biennale and the Arsenale venue in particular which i never posted about…Impossible to show here really…the vast and beautiful complex of buildings always wins over what is inside (except for the Architecture Biennale from 2010), and worse still “controversial” curator Vittorio Sgarbi (Italian art historian, television personality and former under-secretary of culture) is showing his “art knickers” to us all in the vast Italian Pavilion and it ain’t  pretty…However Sgarbi is not everywhere and for sure as ever it is fascinating and there is much to see and debate…

Sheffield based Haroon Mirza’s The National Apavilion of Then and Now. He is the recipient of the Silver Lion for a promising young artist.

I loved this!! and i got here just in time i think… things were already (purposely) starting to drop off!) it’s Untitled by Urs Fischer – It entailed three 1:1 scale wax sculptures – giant candles actually, which gradually disintegrated as the Biennale months wore on – I took this picture in early July…i guess by now there is just a giant puddle of wax on the floor…

other posts on the venice biennale 2011 in this blog

giardini – catch that pigeon

pavilions inside gardens inside the biennale

my “i imposter”

stars of track and field we are

deconstructing constructions

l’arte non è cosa nostra

my “i imposter”

Still inside the Giardini…this time in the British pavilion am posting about the  I Imposter installation by Mike Nelson, a labyrinth of of rooms, corridors, spaces, attics, corners…I know he has done this sort of thing before…but really in this environment (and in view of some pretty mediocre neighbours – including a super banal Boltanski-by-numbers installation in the neighbouring French pavilion) it stood out both conceptually and formally…and it was fun too. I guess you can experience it a thousand different ways, here are the spaces where i lingered:

It took three months to transform the neo-classical box that is the Great Britain Pavilion featuring 2ft-thick walls, 3,000-odd square feet of exhibition space and a 30ft-high ceiling. Nelson set himself the task of “making it disappear“…

Meanwhile in the Czech and Slovak Republic pavilion, Dominik Lang’s The Sleeping City where he intervenes on soviet era works by his sculptor father (Jiří Lang, 1927–1996)…

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giardini – catch that pigeon

pavilions inside gardens inside the biennale

my “i imposter”

stars of track and field we are

stars of track and field we are…

More of the beautiful and the ugly from the pavilions…

An upside down tank from the Korean War with a treadmill installed on its right track – one of the installations by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla in the U.S. Pavilion. A USA track and field athlete runs on it periodically to make the treads (and the heads) turn. The athletes throughout the day changed, i filmed a woman (see above) but other times really muscular male runners performed and the whole thing became way more testosteroni…

“armed freedom lying on a sunbed”

The German Pavilion (renamed Egomania) converted into a “chapel” called A Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within by Christoph Schlingensief, literally blows your mind, an assault on all your senses, the fact that the artist was dying while he made the work and died before the opening of the pavilion is palpable..

 …on spectacle… Crash- Passive Interview by Hajnal Németh at the Hungarian pavilion:

other posts on the venice biennale 2011 in this blog

giardini – catch that pigeon

pavilions inside gardens inside the biennale

my “i imposter”