Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Venice: Querini Stampalia Foundation: Five Exhibtions

Venice: Querini Stampalia Foundation: Qiu Zhijie - New Roads – The Unicorn and the Dragon exhibition.  Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie, chief curator of the last edition of the Shanghai Biennale presents at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, until August 18, a selection of new works, entitled The Unicorn and the Dragon, curated by Chiara Bertola and Davide Quadrio. The artist explores the complex dynamics that outline space and time routes between the East and the West, the Past and the Present. The title of the exhibition “The Unicorn and the Dragon, a map of the collections of Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice and Aurora Museum, Shangai is inspired by Umberto Eco’s conference, “They were looking for unicorns“, held at Peking University in 1993.  In which Eco quoted that Marco Polo who, when seeing a rhino during his travels in the East, immediately identified it as a unicorn, in keeping with the classification for defining a creature with a horn that Western tradition had so far made available to him.

Qiu Zhijie – The Unicorn and the Dragon exhibition.   Finishing touches. Qui Zhijie is considered a real intellectual in the Renaissance meaning of the word, he is all in one - a thinker, an artist, a cartographer and even an archivist of knowledge.

 Qiu Zhijie – The Unicorn and the Dragon exhibition.  The new series of maps by Qiu Zhijie, some of them produced on paper using an ancient Chinese technique of dab rubbing and others drawn with ink directly on site expose these very bizarre misunderstandings that stem from the relations of cultural exchange between Italy and China and in a broader sense between the East and the West. Using multiple historical, philosophical and figurative references, the artist takes us through the history and evolution of these mystifications and helps us discover how these misleading interpretations could be fundamental in the discovery of new and unexpected cross-cultural analogies.

Co-curator with Davide Quadrio, Chiara Bertola.

 Photograph courtesy Querini Stampalia

Qiu Zhijie – The Unicorn and the Dragon exhibition. Looking at the maps of this Chinese artist, one can easily notice the similarity with the organicity and fluidity of the sinuous and dense map of Venice.  Qiu Zhijie draws up his maps detecting a system of typologically classificated cells, which are consolidated, each one with the others, in a similar way as the places that form the urban texture of the Serenissima. These mutual links between these conceptual cells give life to extraordinary cartographies that, like big turned tapestries narrate of the many knots and wires that maintain them together.

Querini Stampalia Foundation: Matta exhibtion - Roberto Sebastian Matta - Gordon Matta-Clark - Pablo Eschaurren.  Three names, three histories and just one common denominator: art.  For the first time together, the exhibition gathers three main protagonists of the international art scene in the Scarpa wing of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, until August 18. Gordon Matta-Clark and Pablo Echaurren don’t only share the same father Roberto Sebastian Matta, historical personality who took part in the Surrealism movement and influenced American artists of the Abstract Expressionism with his canvases and sculptures, but both of them are personages of the contemporary artistic scene with their own different expressive styles.
Above: Roberto Sebastian Matta.  The exhibition, curated by Danilo Eccher, starts with the work of Roberto Sebastian Matta which covers half a century of history of art, lived in three different countries: France, United States and Italy.


Gordon Matta-Clark. Children of the same father, but of different mothers, both Gordon and Pablo had a conflicting relationship with the father figure and they both searched a conceptual dialogue, impossible in their private life, with Matta through their art even if they have elaborated, each one with his own style, unique and different languages. If the similarity with Matta-Clark can have references even at a formal, aesthetic-architectural level which is present in a different way even in his father's work, in Echaurren the affinity is to be found above all in the conceptual aspect deriving from the same Dadaist and late Surrealist source of his father and brother.

Pablo Echaurren. The link between their art forms is clear and what is present in their works are social relations, they are always looking for a relationship with the public who doesn't only participate but is involved directly or indirectly, physically and mentally, culturally and socially, inside or outside the work.

Querini Stampalia Foundation:  Nick Devereux – Inpainting. For Inpainting, at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, until June 30, artist Nick Devereux embarks on a completely new research, starting from the text in which Pausanias, the Greek traveler and geographer of the II century AD, known for Description of Greece, diligently describes in this ten volume cultural geography of the Greek territory, the now-destroyed frescoes of Polygnotus at Delphi.

Nick Devereux – Inpainting. In the works shown at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, minimal geometrical constructions, interfere with the main figures, subtracting their specific identities. Devereux’s gesture disrupts the scene and the classical visual display, provoking an effect of disorientation to the viewer’s allured eye. The recurring vertical form becomes an emblem, generating a new epic, or better a hybrid: the synthesis of the origin and the process.

  One of Devereux’s dealers Paola Clerico, from Art at Work. AAW has no specific exhibition venue and each project is conceived, produced and realized in an ever-changing situation. 

Querini Stampalia Foundation:  Jacob Hashimoto – Gas Giant. Jacob Hasimoto’s exhibition, Gas Giant, until September 1, organized by Studio la Città, and curated by Marco Meneguzzo, is a large-scale site-specific installation that the artist has conceived for interaction with the rooms of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice; its aim is to create an unmediated relationship with the viewer. The work of Jacob Hashimoto is characterized by the use of certain stylistic elements borrowed from Japanese culture, such as kites made from bamboo and paper; Jacob reassembles these to build huge installations and interactive sculptural forms that literally invade the exhibition area.


Jacob Hashimoto – Gas Giant. The artist has said, “There is a playful component in my work. The stylistic elements that I use have something to do with a general feeling of nostalgia rather than any direct relationship to my origins. Kites are about a feeling for childhood and a relationship to nature rather than a particular Japanese tradition”. Gas Giant consists of about 10,000 bamboo and paper kites handmade by the artist.

Querini Stampalia Foundation: Chiara Fumai - I did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’. Chiara Fumai, presents her video-performance, I did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’, until June 30, at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. The piece is a reworking of the project for which the artist was awarded the 2013 Furla Prize in January by relating it to the spaces within the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, thus giving rise to a site-specific project.
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