Saturday, May 19, 2007

VENICE - Palazzo Grassi

Sequence 1 Exhibition. At the official opening of the Sequence 1. Paintings and Scultpture in the Francois Pinault Collection, at Palazzo Grassi, until November 11th, Francois Pinualt is showing Venice's mayor, Massimo Cacciari around the exhibition, they are accompanied by Alison M. Gingeras, the exhibition curator. M. Pinault and Mayor Cacciari, have a lot to celebrate, because Palazzo Grassi has just been granted the concession of the Punta della Dogana, the former customs warehouses, for thirty years. Restructured by Tadao Ando, this space will become a contemporary arts center, and will open in 2009. Gingeras explains the exhibition “The sixteen international and multi-generational artists selected for Sequence 1 are all resolute producers, while the practice of contemporary art has been irreversibly shaped by the twin legacies of the Duchampian ready-made and the Minimalist insistence on industrial fabrication the works in this show spotlight the presence of the artist’s ‘hand’, presenting a diverse range of artists who still rely on various expressions of ‘craft’ while expanding the traditional practices of painting and sculpture with twists and inventions.

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