Sunday, June 26, 2011

Venice Biennale: Para-Pavilions

Photograph by Francesco Galli – courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Venice Biennale: Para-Pavilions.  The curator of the 54th International Venice Biennale, until Novermber 27th, entitled ILLUMInations was directed by Bice Curiger.  The exhibition itself offered an opportunity to foster a process of mutual interaction among the artists, four of which where asked to create large sculptural structures, the Para-Pavilions. Song Dong, Monika Sosnowska, Oscar Tuaron and Franz West designed the Para-Pavilions that could also host works by other artists.

Para-Pavilion: Song Dong’s Para-Pavilion, entitled Intelligence From Poor People was created by rebuilding his hundred years-old Chinese parental home, a meeting place for works by the French artist Yto Barrada and the British artist Ryan Gander.

A detail: Song Dong - Intelligence From Poor People 

Photo by Heiri Haefliger/Atelier Franz West - Courtesy of the artist

Para-Pavilion: Franz West’s Para-Pavilion entitled Tea Kitchen at Franz West Studio presents the reproduction of the kitchen from his home in Vienna.  The works by artist friends usually found hanging there are now presented on the exterior of the structure, while on the inside wall Dayanita Singh is showing her photographic projection Dream Villa

Photo by Markus Rössle, 2009 - Courtesy of the artist

Golden Lion Award.  One of the Golden Lion Award’s for Lifetime Achievement went to Franz West and the other to Sturtevant.  
Para-Pavilion.  Monika Sosnowska’s Para-Pavilion entitled, Antechamber is used to exhibit the photographs by David Goldblatt’s of apartheid in South Africa.  
Photo by Monika Sosnowska -  Courtesy the artist, Foksal Gallery Foundation, The Modern Institute, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Kurimanzutto, Hauser and Wirth
Para-Pavilion:   The model for Monika Sosnowska’s Para-Pavilion Antechamber.
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