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19. International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

2 September – 2 October 2016

Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice

Inauguration: 2 September, Hilton Molino Stucky

Press conference in the Sala Plenaria at 6.00 pm

Showing of the Film PRE POST CARDS by Antonio Falduto (UTO) in the Sala Plenaria at 7.00 pm

Inaugural cocktail in the Skyline Rooftop at 8.00 pm (invitation only)


The nineteenth edition of OPEN, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations will be held from 2 September to 2 October 2016 at the Hilton Molino Stucky at the same time as the Venice Film Festival. Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, the exhibition is organised by PDG Arte Communications with the patronage of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

19 years of history of sculptures and installations in the open air in public spaces and unconventional ones that open for the enjoyment of a heterogeneous public, like the recent exhibition area in the Molino Stucky, the most important example of industrial archaeology preserved in Venice: now home to the Hilton and a culture centre. This interaction between the work of art and the public space for lingering or passing through brings beauty into everyday life through the activation of the onlooker’s aesthetic perception with the consequent withdrawal of his usual rational interpretation of reality. Reflection becomes a constant in OPEN, as well as a challenge for the artist to create unprecedented expressive developments through the dialogue between work and space.

The artists taking part in the exhibition combine an extremely free use of the expressive medium to contaminate the spaces of Molino Stucky, from the great sculptures of Liu Po Chun, Stefano Bressani and Giuseppe Verri which can be seen on the Fondamenta della Giudecca to the plastic works of the two Russian artists of the Recycle Group where the leitmotiv of recycled material debunks the new contemporary myths, and then to the installation by Li Chevalier where the particular technique with which the canvas undergoes a sequence of layers of ink is expanded in a serial intervention, to Yahon Chang, the Master from Taiwan who recently made his debut at the MACRO in Rome in the second stage of the long-term project From La Biennale in Venice to MACRO. International Perspectives coordinated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini and whose works will be remodelled for OPEN.

Linguistic experiments in a research into the expressive possibilities of colour as an emotional presence and pure physical value for Lee Tsung-Jen, Verteramo, Carlo Nieddu and Tomas. Heterogeneous works, different paths all sharing a vitalism that goes beyond the limits imposed by the surface, by the colour allowed to flow as though it were a pulsation, to new schemes of composition of tones and spatial backgrounds.

Photography is expressed in a research and an aesthetic that are as different as they are surprising in the works of Miresi and Federico Nero. Setting Venice: the first sets out to capture its views, secret corners, atmospheres, fragrances and architectural details, while the second presents an imperceptible whole through a neat symmetry that transforms industrial archaeological sites into symbolic and conceptual abstractions.


Parallel paths which, though originating in absolute freedom of expression, free from a compulsory theme, contaminate one another. The experience is repeated and amplified when the parallelism involves other zones, other linguistic games. As in the Film PRE/POST CARDS by Antonio Falduto (UTO) which will be presented in a world preview at OPEN and which concentrates on the temporal dichotomy of a world torn between the attempt to enable an ever present past to survive and the fascination of the most deviated aspects of a march in serried ranks towards the future. An analysis in which the director chooses to present questions by means of archetypes and modern myths. The film was shot in four cities: Cape Town, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and New York, involving more than seventy models.

This year OPEN collaborates with curators Serena Mormino, Bianca Laura Petretto, Wen-i Yang and Carola Cometto.

The seventh edition of the Arte Laguna Special Prize will be assigned to a young artist selected by the Arte Laguna Prize jury. This award will offer the winner the possibility to be included among the finalists of the Arte Laguna Prize 2017 and to show his or her work on the circuit organised by the same association.

Once again the winning formula of the Workshop in the Art of Calligraphy promoted by the National Taiwan University of Arts will see the participation of an increasing number of children from 4 to 10 years of age on 6, 7, 8 September in the Sala Casanova at the Hilton Molino Stucky at 15.00.

With the strength of this extraordinary formula, OPEN contributes to modifying the fabric of a city, making it an international platform of works in the open air, to show an amazed audience a new, involuntary, amazing way of enjoying art in the light dynamic of a walk outside over-familiar and restricting walls and perimeters, changing its content before their eyes.

The very idea and constant challenge of OPEN is to create a yearly art event in the open air and to gain followers in the world, arriving this year in Korea where Paolo De Grandis has been invited to the Biennale of Sculpture in Changwon, a precious place for its artistic heritage, with a particular wealth of history in sculpture which will be held from 22 September, to take part in an international symposium where he will illustrate his own twenty years of experience at OPEN and coordinate the participation of Michelangelo Pistoletto with The Third Paradise and that of the Colombian artist Jaime Arango Correa.

OPEN 20 - 2017

OPEN 20, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

1st September –1st October 2017

Venice Lido, Hotel Excelsior, Hilton Molino Stucky

 

Inauguration: 1st September 2017

Performance Reverie “PourOntani”: h. 3 pm, Giardino Moresco, Hotel Excelsior

Press Conference: h. 6 pm, Sala Plenaria, Hilton Molino Stucky

Performance Marco Fioramanti and Ana Rusiniuc “Il Relitto della Sirena”: h. 7.30 pm, Hilton Molino Stucky

Cocktail Party (by invitation only): h. 8 pm, Skyline Rooftop, Hilton Molino Stucky

Augmented Reality Experience by Richard Humann “Ascension”: Skyline Rooftop, Hilton Molino Stucky

| Press Release |

This year, OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will reach its twentieth edition. A significant year that celebrates the twentieth anniversary of an idea, a winning, innovative and regenerating intuition on the scene of contemporary art events. Twenty years of sculptures, installations, happenings and performances bearing witness to how art can break into the outside environment to attract the onlooker.

Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, the exhibition is organised by PDG Arte Communications with the patronage of the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and by the Veneto Region.

OPEN retraces its history through some of the most significant names in contemporary art who have taken part in OPEN such as Yoko Ono, who will present the world première of INVISIBLE PEOPLE, a project that has required long preparation: a symbolic and metaphoric vision of the journey of migrants, between imagination and poetry, so as not to forget. The return to the Hotel Excelsior and the return of ORLAN with a site specific installation based on Le Plan du Film, an important series conceived in 2001 in search of what Jean-Luc Godard called “the reverse of the cinema”: a work on the creation of a film in reverse starting from the communication and advertising of a cinematographic work, unique aspects, in this ingenious fiction, that make the film real.

And again Igor Mitoraj, Luigi Ontani, Federica Marangoni, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Gianfranco Meggiato, Amin Gulgee, Ferruccio Gard and Marianne Heske, who at OPEN 1999, brought an enormous 4000-year-old stone from the village of Tafjord, which is still at Venice Lido today.

A stage, a point of arrival and of a new departure, more aware and more rigorous, but always in line with the curator philosophy of its creator, Paolo De Grandis. Unlike every other yearly event, from which one could always expect something new, OPEN proposes its linearity and its integration, characteristics that have matured thanks to the simplicity of the underlying idea and to the open-air exhibition space: territories to be explored, points for exchange and comparison, choreographic spaces often open to be transformed, places where, in both physical and mental terms, the visitor can interact with the contents of the works on display.

OPEN is a great public park, a weave of nature and culture, internal and external, biological and technological, painting and multimedia, a synthesis of characters and of contemporary trends. In this way, the territory becomes a privileged observatory, as is demonstrated by the organisation of this important event, projected in a national and international dimension.

The curators collaborating with OPEN this year include Jon Hendricks for the participation of Yoko Ono, Philippe Daverio for Giuseppe Verri, as well as Niilofur Farrukh, Tamara Li, Nevia Capello, Serena Mormino, Bianca Laura Petretto, Elga Wimmer, Umberto Zampini and Flavia Vago.

The inauguration will present a performance by the young artist Reverie who, with PourOntani, will make a dedication with open eyes to Maestro Luigi Ontani that does not envisage any kind of quotation/recitation, artifice or expedient. It is a question of necessity and of life: tableaux-vivants, works made from life and especially the living echo of “VivArte”. In parallel Richard Humann will present Ascension, which on the occasion of OPEN 20 will create new constellation systems superimposed over our existing ones in the night sky. Humann’s art installation harnesses technology: the viewers simply hold their smart phone or tablet up toward the sky to see the Augmented Reality art.

The eighth edition of the Arte Laguna Special Prize will be assigned to a young artist selected by the Arte Laguna Prize jury. This award will offer the winner the possibility to be included among the finalists of the Arte Laguna Prize 2018 and to show his or her work on the circuit organised by the same association.

With the strength of this extraordinary formula, OPEN contributes to modifying the fabric of a city, making it an international platform of works in the open air, to show an amazed audience a new, involuntary, amazing way of enjoying art in the light dynamic of a walk outside over-familiar and restricting walls and perimeters, changing its content before their eyes.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Nutopia - Yoko Ono

Belgium - Phil Akashi

France - ORLAN

Germany - Günter Sponheuer

Japan - Kengiro Azuma

Iceland / China - Inga Svala Thorsdottir and Wu Shanzhuan

Italy - Giancarlo Bozzani, Stefano Bressani, Nando Crippa, Gillo Dorfles, Marco Fioramanti, Laura Fiume, Salvatore Fiume, Ferruccio Gard, Resi Girardello, Alessandro Manfredini, Gaspare Manos, Federica Marangoni, Davide Medri, Gianfranco Meggiato, Lucio Micheletti, Luigi Ontani, Max Papeschi, Antonio Paradiso, Gabriele Polidori, Maurizio Radici, Reverie, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Giuseppe Verri, Nanda Vigo, Laura Zeni

Norway - Marianne Heske

Pakistan - Amin Gulgee

Peru - Ana Maria Reque

Poland - Igor Mitoraj

Ukraine - Yana Rusnak

USA - Richard Humann

 

 

 

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Unique, eclectic and changing, this year OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, reaches its thirteenth edition, after a long history that has seen the participation of seventy-one countries, three hundred and sixty artists and one hundred and fifty curators. The event will be held from 1 September to 3 October, at the same time as the 67th Venice International Film Festival, offering a new path of expression, an open-air workshop, where the works are stages for contemplation and interaction.

Thirty-nine artists have been let loose on Venice Lido and the Island of San Servolo to define a physical and mental space, the allusive residue that lies in personal memory and in collective experience. Nearly all created specially for the exhibition, the sculptures and installations are spaces for reflection in which art transforms its tension towards the indefinite, eluding schemes and thematic constraints, to offer the visitor the possibility of thinking of a free art, open to evolution. 

Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, organised by Arte Communications, in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Venice City Council, the exhibition is held under the patronage of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the Province of Venice and Venice City Council.


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