Thursday, July 12, 2007

52nd Venice International Art Biennale

Saturday 9th June – Palazzo Querini Stampalia Onlus – Croatian Pavilion – Ivana Franke. The Coratian Pavilion is situated on the ground floor of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia Onlus, restructured in the 1960’s by renowned Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa. I loved this installation; I thought it was very elegant and pleasing to the eye. Ivana Franke’s site specific installation comprises of light, sound and objects aiming to emphasize fragile and subtle interpretation of three Venetian trademarks: canals, architecture and interior gardens, interlocking within Carlo Scarpa’s masterpiece. Franke’s vision includes all of the Area Scarpa’s characteristics, from visual and spatial interaction of water, stone and grass, to more poetic rendering of uncontrollable acqua alta(above) sweeping over the defined stonework artistry toward the lush greenery of the courtyard.

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