Thursday, May 04, 2006

photograph by Manfredi Bellati
VENEZIA - PALAZZO GRASSI - highlights from the opening
"Where Are We Going?" a selection from the Francois Pinault Collection. For those of you who haven't got time to read the full story and see all the photographs in ARTINFO - below -here are some highlights. After twenty two years of Fiat reign, Palazzo Grassi is now home to French luxury-goods and Christie's owner Francois Pinault. M. Pinault is also the wealthiest art collector in France and is one of the major collectors in the world. This spectacular debut exhibition is curated by Alison Gingeras, adjunct curator for the Guggenheim Museum; she was chosen by Pinault for their shared dispositions towards certain artists, such as Koons. "I chose what was singular and also strong pieces from the collection, as well as the works of the 20 artists Pinault collects in depth,” Gingeras said. “I wanted to create a dichotomy between Pop and Post Pop Art—between European and American Art.” Shown above is the amusing installation, entitled Vintage Violence (2004-2005) by Urs Fisher, 1.700 raindrops, cascade over the grand staircase and part of the courtyard. The internal courtyard floor is laid with Carl Andre's spectacular 37th Piece of Work (1969-1981) of 1,296 metal square plates. HRH Princess Michael of Kent commented, “I am astonished that we are allowed to walk on this beautiful, precious and valuable installation.” Beyond that Jeff Koon's Hanging Heart (1994-2006).
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