From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO.
International Perspectives #3
curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini
Fragments of Rome, past, future, parallel worlds
Press Preview: 20 October 11.00
Inauguration: 20 October 2016 18.00
Open to the public: 21 October - 27 November 2016
MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
MACRO Hall, Via Nizza 138
Third stage for the exhibition project From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO. International Perspectives, conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini, dedicated to the presentation in the MACRO areas of some international installations from the International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, in recomposed and remodelled site-specific versions especially for the MACRO.
Promoted by Rome Capital, Department for Cultural Growth - Capitoline Superintendency for the Cultural Heritage, and organised in collaboration with PDG Arte Communications, the project sees the convergence of art “perspectives” of two cities that work to enable international art experience to travel over the national territory. From the lagoon city to the Capital. Two cities linked by an impressive historic and artistic tradition that have succeeded in further enriching this experience to give a voice and life to contemporary art, to bring this resource to the forefront, making use of actions to document what exists, with promotions of events and international connections. Research launched by Paolo De Grandis in 1995 with the concept of external pavilions at the Venice Biennale and the presentation of new countries.
This third appointment will present the exhibition Fragments of Rome, past, future, parallel worlds by Yi Zhou, a Chinese artist who lives between Rome, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, who represents the new generation of talented interdisciplinary artists. Yi Zhou creates great multimedia installations in which she combines cinema, digital animation, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and contemporary music compositions with prestigious collaborations such as that of the Maestro Ennio Morricone on the occasion of her participation in the Biennale in 2011.
Her work explores the kingdom of hyperrealism and neorealism: on one hand, she draws visual and tangible forms from her imagination and from dreams; on the other she gives nature a surreal appearance. Her works, a complex synthesis of fantasy, literature, mythology, philosophy and new technology, imbued with Chinese and Mediterranean culture, introduce the perturbing magic of virtual and supernatural characters and landscapes, set amidst the ephemeral reality of life, love and death, using the symbolic language of the unconscious. She blends old means of expression, like marble sculpture and 35 mm film, with extremely advanced techniques, such as 3D animation. Her films explore the limit between dream and reality, imagination and madness, truth and falsehood, life after death.
In the MACRO Hall Yi Zhou will present a multimedia installation with 3D animation, literary echoes and references to the history of Rome and its ruins. The videos will be projected on marble slabs, recreating an interactive environment.
The show begins with the new virtual reality video made in collaboration with Sundance New Frontier in which Yi Zhou reinterprets Rome and its history, and the world preview of New Shorelines, produced in China but with European settings and traces of European tradition. The work presents a world in transformation where all the arts converge in one to follow the principle in which the margins of the arts blend together. Poised between shade and light, Yi Zhou seeks inspiration from Tim Burton and from Walt Disney characters to graft visions taken from submerged worlds and new glacial eras. A fantastic journey freely interpreted by numerous associations of images, accompanied by the thrilling notes of Bryan Ferry who composed the music.
The exhibition will also include My Heart Laid Bare, a video with the participation of Charlotte Gainsbourg, where Yi Zhou reinterprets Boccaccio's Decameron and in particular the tale of Nastagio degli Onesti. Shot on the outskirts of Rome between the port of Fiumicino and Ostia, the video tells of the end of a love affair through the highly personal, surreal vision of the artist in which the everyday dialogues with dreamlike visions marked by the constant symbol of the heart and the primordial spring of water.
Next comes The Ear with the protagonist Pharell Williams and the music of the maestro Ennio Morricone. Here, inspired by the short story by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol entitled The Nose, from the Petersburg Tales, Yi Zhou has written her own absurd short story about the loss of an ear. The ear becomes the key element of the film, shot in RED and partly in 3D animation. Throughout the work, the ear and the inner ear are transformed together into an Ear Bridge, as they are gradually crossed by a bridge.
The Greatness with a masterly contribution by Ennio Morricone is an important expressive stage for Yi Zhou. Drawing inspiration once again from the Divine Comedy the artist tells of her imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise choosing specific and appropriate images, scenes and characters from her previous works. In The Greatness the music is of fundamental importance. The video begins with the notes of a mysterious waltz and the sound track draws attention to the specific affinity between the artist and the composer, the Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone, in this their second collaboration. Morricone's exploration of emotional sound vibrations in various states of fear, pleasure, exaltation and mystery, like his use in this work of segments of melodies and unpublished sounds from his personal archive, are both an extension of his active professional concern for the "fusion of objects and subjects", the perfect complement to the multilayered visual style that Yi Zhou adopts in her films and animations. The haunting melodies are reminiscent of sound tracks that Morricone composed for the first trilogy of films by Dario Argento. The Greatness was produced by the Contrasts Gallery in partnership with MK2 and Yi Zhou. The sound track was recorded in Morricone's studio in Rome in early 2010.
Yi Zhou's world is populated with nocturnal visions filtered through literary reminiscences, reinvented, overturned or recovered references, which are repeated insistently, shunning easy didactic examples to open up to cultural contaminations and experiments with language. In her 3D animations, peopled with apocalyptic visions but always leaving a glimmer of light, the altered images, stripped of their meaning, give life to a nostalgic haiku that wipes out all trace of anything that makes sense, opening up the story to an abstract dimension, diluted in a spiral movement.
As Achille Bonito Oliva said at the time of the exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2011:
«Art is a hope for happiness, said Baudelaire. The total art of Yi Zhou is the demonstration of the Chinese artist's desire to represent the depth and the surface of things, the appearances of the world and the deep impulses that permeate the human soul. Her work is the fruit of a multimedia language, the synthesis of cinema, digital animation, sculpture, painting, drawing and contemporary music. In this way, even through the video, the work becomes the ability to represent time in space, to capture the fleeting moments of life in a fragmentary vision that succeeds in catching the present without forgetting the past, in a dialogue between different cultures, East and West."
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From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO. International Perspectives
Project Curators: Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini
Project Promoter: Roma Capitale – Superintendent Capitolina of Cultural Heritage
Project Co-Organiser: PDG Arte Communications
The Question of Beings
YAHON CHANG @ Roma
Curators: J. J. Shih and Francise Chang
First Organised by MOCA Taipei
Exhibition Co-Organisers: Contemporary Art Foundation & MDCA Foundation
Press preview 23.06.2016, 12 pm
Opening ceremony 23.06.2016, 6.30 pm
Exhibition Period: 24. 06 – 28. 08. 2016
Exhibition Location: MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda
Address: Teatro Studio Uno, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, 00153 Roma
From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO. International Perspectives is a new exhibition project conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis and Claudio Crescentini. The project is devoted to the presentation of three selected international exhibitions from La Biennale di Venezia - International Art Exhibition at MACRO’s spaces, as site-specific, reconstructed, and remodelled artworks.
Promoted by Roma Capitale – Superintendent Capitolina of Cultural Heritage and organised in collaboration with PDG Arte Communications, the project seeks to converge the art prospects of two cities that are working together to circulate the experience of international art throughout the country. Venice and the Capital, two cities that are linked by immense historical and artistic traditions, have been able to further enrich their heritage so as to give voice and life to contemporary art. Moreover, they are also discovering and emphasising this cultural resource by documenting existing assets and promoting both initiatives and international connections. The research for this project was initiated in 1995 by Paolo De Grandis, whose efforts helped introduce new countries to La Biennale di Venezia and prompted the establishment of additional outdoor pavilions. Therefore, the works will follow a path of innovation and travel from one city to the next, from one space to the other, enriching themselves with meanings and nurturing a new audience. All the while, the works will be evolving in a new context, specifically created for MACRO by the various international artists who were invited to participate.
From La Biennale di Venezia to MACRO. International Perspectives reaches its second stage with Yahon Chang @ Roma, The Question of Beings, curated by J. J. Shih and Francise Chang. First organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei for the La Biennale di Venezia, this summer at MACRO it is presented in collaboration with Contemporary Art Foundation and MDCA Foundation.
On site at MACRO Testaccio - La Pelanda space with ceiling height measures at 12 meters tall, Yahon Chang will re-create the conceptual exploration of his site-specific ink painting installations, which were exhibited at The 56th International Art Exhibition at the MOCA Taipei Pavilion for the Collateral Events of la Biennale di Venezia. Chang’s new works, to be exhibited at La Pelanda, will correspond with the conceptual framework suggested by its past title The Question of Beings. Furthermore, Chang will also create new works that resonate with the historical site of La Pelanda, an ex-slaughter house. Additionally, there will be three large-scale iron sculptures shipped especially from the OPEN (2015) exhibition in Venice, which will be presented along with the “ink painting” installation. The form of Chang’s sculpture stems from his ink brushstrokes, together, the ink paintings and the sculptures express the transformation and representation on how a two dimensional plane transforms into a three dimensional form, and finally to the concept of a space.
In last year’s Collateral Event at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Yahon Chang investigated the theme of “The Question of Beings” at the Istituto Santa Maria Della Pietà, where he created a site-specific exhibition featuring a series of new ink on paper paintings and mixed media installations that explored the conscious and subconscious natures of individuals. With this site-specific ink painting installation that filled the entirety of the exhibition space — windows, doors, ceiling, walls and floor, Chang questioned the diversity and complexity of living beings in an effort to delve into the likenesses and differences between the recesses of human and animal instinct. Chang also reflected upon his life experiences by painting meditative portraitures that resonated with his feelings of rejection, struggle, acceptance and love he had experienced in this world. These portraits of sentient beings, while offering a variety of subject matter, presented cohesion through the singularity of their compositional style. Implying a spiritual connection to the Santa Maria della Pietà church that was situated in front of the exhibition site of Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, the paintings evoked a feeling of commemorating the past, present, and future, while simultaneously encompassing all the world’s greatness and mediocrity, achievements and failures.
In the past few years Chang has exhibited at different venues, often creating site-specific works for them. As the scale of his exhibition expands, the challenges he must face also become greater. Since The 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Chang has started to create more large-scale, site-specific works for each exhibition in effort to resonate with the space, to connect with its historical setting, and to have more interaction and conversation with the viewers. As he ages he faces more challenges when creating site-specific works for exhibitions. This exhibition at MACRO Testaccio - La Pelanda presents him with new levels of challenges, both physically and mentally. He will create works on site for a period of 5 days, producing a body of ink on canvas painting. Each canvas will measure between 10 to 20 meters long and they will drape down from the ceiling in varying length, allowing the viewers to meander through a labyrinth of ink paintings that confront them with a multitude of countenances. These drapes of long linen canvas echo with the traditional Chinese landscape painting and evoke the likeness of cascading waterfalls. Yet, the fluidity of his brushstrokes portrays the different countenances of sentient beings in a both abstract and expressive manner, which brings to mind the metaphor of the stream of life. The multiplicity of faces will fill the centre of the exhibition space, long linen canvas will drape to the floor, creating an interactive environment that will allow the audience to enter a world akin to an “alternative Facebook.” This interactive environment will invite the viewer to contemplate the nature of sentient beings, while questioning the meaning of their own identity and the meaning of life.
The site for MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda was once a slaughterhouse that has been transformed into a contemporary art museum space that it is now. Yahon Chang’s paintings will serve as a commemoration of the past and also propose questions concerning the meaning of life. He will paint on site to create an ink painting installation for the La Pelanda space that corresponds to the horrors and impermanence of life at the slaughterhouse. His work will also lament the holocaust and wars from the last century, bringing one to recall the painful process of human civilisation, and eminent these pain into an artistic expressions. Amongst the ink painting installation, Chang will install rust treated iron sculptures, the rust will represent its humble nature, serving as a reminder that all will decay and return to nature. It is precisely for this eroding nature that Chang chose to create his sculpture in this manner to emphasis on the transient ephemerality of life.
Rome was not built in one day, nor was Yahon Chang’s artistic career established in a short period of time. Contrarily, he achieved his dream of becoming an artist by persevering through times of trial and hardship. “All roads lead to Rome” is a saying that befits Yahon Chang, for no matter what initial career path he took, it always led him back to art in the end. His experiences in business as well as in personal life have enriched his art with stories and emotions, all of which are reflected in his art. Wielding his powerful brush, he pours his diverse artistic expressions into his painting. This exhibition at MACRO Testaccio – La Pelanda will showcase yet another formidable manifestation of his will to express and to surpass the challenges he faces as a contemporary Chinese ink painter.
Written by J. J. Shih and Francise Chang
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Location: MACRO TESTACCIO - La Pelanda
Teatro Studio Uno, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, Roma
Public Opening: June 24th – August 28th 2016
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 3pm-8pm
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Collateral event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Organiser: Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau (I.C.M.) www.icm.gov.mo
Curator: Mr Ung Vai Meng (President of the I.C.M.), Ms Leong Wai Man (Head of the Cultural Heritage Department of the I.C.M.)
Collaborator: Architects Association of Macau (A.A.M.) www.macaoarchitects.com,
Participants: Mr Wong Chung Yuen (President of the Board of Directors of the A.A.M.), Ms Wu Kim Kam (Deputy President of the Board of Directors of the A.A.M.), Mr Wong Iat Cheong (Head of Studies and Projects Division of the Cultural Heritage Department of the I.C.M.), Mr Alexandre Lou (Architect / I.C.M), Ms Ip Kin Hong (Heritage Architecture Conservator / I.C.M), Mr Lei Kam Meng(Conservation Technician, Macau Youth Challenge), Mr Cheong Chong Peng(Conservation Technician, Macau Youth Challenge), Mr ChuChan Kam(Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Chao Chi Peng(Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Kwah Hou In (Architect / A.A.M.), Ms Vera dos Santos (Architect / A.A.M.), Mr Leong Chong San (Architect / A.A.M.) , Mr Tong Man Kit (Architect / A.A.M.)
Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Coordinator: PDG Arte Communications www.artecommunications.com
Venue: Campo della Tana Castello 2126/A
Preview: 26th, 27th May 2016
Opening to public: 28th May – 27th November 2016
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Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao S.A.R. Government of the People’s Republic of China, in cooperation with Architects Association of Macao, are pleased to present a collateral exhibition, “Coexistence”, that addresses the theme of Reporting from the Front by taking into account the unique cultural hybridisation in Macao, the blending of the East and West, and many facets that reflect the dynamic mixed cultures.
Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade in Chinese territory, became a Portuguese settlement in the mid-16th century and returned to China in 1999. The “Historic Centre of Macao” is a collection of a series of locations in the old city centre that witness the unique assimilation and coexistence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, and represents the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage, including monuments, squares, streetscapes, churches and temples.
Macao has been a fast growing economic region in recent decades, the Historic Centreinevitably faces challenges with emerging new and modern developments, the integrity of the major monuments and the original urban fabric that define the historic settlement however has remained intact, with all necessary qualities to fully convey the cultural values despite the contemporary setting of Macao. The exhibition is based on the unique urban context of Macao, and aimed to investigate the relationship between the local life and historical architecture, which can be influenced by the changing urban environment and modern requirements.
Through the use of physical installation and digital communication, the exhibition will provide the interactive opportunity to review how we can learn from these “old” buildings and the existing urban context of Macao in a “new” way. The exhibition will explore the idea for reconditioning historical spaces for domestic use, in which a suggestive, fertile dialogue is struck between past and present. By presenting a series of recent restoration and regeneration projects, as well as displaying the traditional (perhaps disappearing) building techniques and local materials that are being rediscovered, reused and applied during the re-making process in the past and present days, one might be able to understand the coexisting east-and west relationships between the architectural approaches and the Historic Centre. That is, to report and share these stories at the "frontline" in Macao by referring to the theme of the Biennale.
About the Organiser
The Cultural Affairs Bureau [Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau (I.C.M.)] was founded as a public institution in 1982. The aim was to assist in drafting and implementing the policies in culture and academic research, by organising activities in relation to Sino-Portuguese and Chinese cultural interchange, and to disseminate and stimulate local interests in art, heritage and culture. The Institute continued to maintain its role in legislation, providing training in various arts and promoting cultural events to locals. Over time, the administrative structure of the Cultural Affairs Bureau has been developed and reformed. Today, the Cultural Affairs Bureau is formed as a part of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau S.A.R. Government.
The Cultural Heritage Department of the Cultural Affairs Bureau is responsible for organizing the Macao Architecture Exhibition, the Collateral Event of La Biennale di Venezia. The Department mainly focuses on classifying, restoring, renovating and revitalising Macao's cultural heritage, including historical architecture, archaeological discoveries and artefacts. Of particular importance are the monuments, classified urban areas, buildings and sites, by which must be protected legally and respectfully. This is achieved by issuing specific requirements and advisory constraints for building works for the protected area and buildings, and drawing up plans to restore buildings that are in a state of decay and emergency. In 2014, the Cultural Heritage Protection Law became effective to enforce the preservation of cultural heritages in Macao.
About the Collaborator
Architects Association of Macau (AAM) is a professional organization formed by Macau architects. It was initially found in 1980 and officially reorganized in 1988. AAM celebrated its 25th anniversary and held a series of ceremonies and activities in November 2013.
AAM is a member of the UIA, ARCASIA and CIALP. Adhering its traditions and missions, AAM commits to unite members and aims at promoting the social status and professional levels of Macau architects. AAM also helps on the developing architectural industry in Macau, and actively assisting the architecture regulation revisions and urban planning studies. AAM will continue to introduce Macau architecture to the world, to cooperate and communicate with international professional and cultural organizations, and to serve as a platform for Macau architects to demonstrate their professional competences and talents.
Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice 建築兵法
Collateral Event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition– La Biennale di Venezia
Showcase of Hong Kong’s Architectural Excellence
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation (HKIABF) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) jointly organize the exhibition titled “Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice” (建築兵法) to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia under the sponsorship by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
The Organizers are pleased to announce that Mr. Stanley SIU (Chief Curator), Mr. Aden CHAN, Mr. Sunny YUNG, Mr. Kwok Kin SO, Mr. Kenneth TSE, Mr. Angus NGAI and Mr. Paul YIP have been appointed curators of the exhibition following a public call for proposals. The curators have long experience in curating similar exhibition including “Past. Present. Future. Tacking Hong Kong Architecture” in 2015 showcased thirty winning projects from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards. In response to Alejandro Aravena’ overall theme of “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT”, the Curatorial Team has developed concepts for the exhibition.
INTRODUCTION OF EXHIBITION
Hong Kong is a city known for its versatility and resilience; yet what is often seen in daily life is rigidity and lack of alternatives. Architecture, under such circumstance, becomes an agency reflecting on human, social and even political conditions, and at the same time moulding the values of the public. On one hand, it conforms to the rules of capitalism and private demand; on the other, it seeks to transcend the norm and open up imagination. What lies in between could be conflictive and creates endless and ever-changing battlefields. New ideas are put to test at the borderline; they may fail or they may transform into new set of values. Working on the margins often unveils the social dilemma – whether human need should be replaced by the need for progress and wealth.
The classical Chinese essay Thirty-Six Stratagems is a collection of military tactics applied at wars in ancient China. The wisdom provides guides in politics, business and civil interaction in modern time. The stratagems are categorized into chapters that illustrate different situations, both advantageous and disadvantageous. Drawing reference from the classic, the exhibiting architects and artists examine the challenges they face and attempt to provide solutions to the complexity of reality.
The situations they chose tell the battles that they are fighting, which can be personal as well as social. A battleground may root in their practices or at different aspects in everyday life and in society. The extremely high real estate prices, highly dense living space, dominant market force, visionless sense and practice to urban renewal, housing planning and environmental friendliness - the exhibiting architects and artists unfold the challenges and the pressing needs of the public, and try to tackle the issues with their solutions inspired by the age-old wisdom. They see themselves not merely practitioners in architecture or art, but activists in making a difference. Their works are commentaries on social reality. Individual practitioners come up with proposals using unique language in architectural or art practices, they coalesce into a think-tank to experiment ways to survive at the margin and win the battles.
Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice”
in the 15th InternationalArchitecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
Date 26 - 27 May 2016 (Preview);
28 May – 27 November 2016 (Open to public)
Venue Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122 Venice, Italy (opposite the main entrance of Arsenale)
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation(HKIABF)
Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC)
ABOUT CHIEF CURATOR
Mr. Stanley SIU
Stanley Siu studied in New Zealand and received his Bachelor Degree of Architecture from UNITEC School of Architecture. He returned to Hong Kong after graduation and has practiced as an architect on a number of residential, commercial, master planning, cultural and sustainability projects in Hong Kong and China. In 2012, Stanley founded the international awards winning Hong Kong-based architectural firm Daydreamers Design. Daydreamers Design has participated in the 2013 Lantern Wonderland competition organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and has received the Gold Award. In 2014, Stanley has received the Young Architect Awards organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, one of the most prestigious awardsin the field of Art and Architecture in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Coordinator in Venice: PDG Arte Communications
For general administrative matters, please contact the Organizer:
HKIA Secretariat Ms. Tobe TO
Tel: (852) 2805 7335 or (852) 2511 7827
For curatorial matters, please contact Curatorial Team:
Curatorial Team Curator Mr. Stanley Siu / Mr. Paul Yip
Tel: (852) 6431 7855
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Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Mr. SIU Kwok Kin, Stanley_First Confession
Mr. CHAN Pui Hong, Aden_Memory Tanks
Mr. SO Kwok Kin_One verse Ten Thousands - A Hometown Trilogy
TSE Kam Wing, Kenneth_Full Script of the Viva Blue House
NGAI Chung Hon, Angus_The Unlimited Quality of Limited Space
Mr. IP Chung Man, Tony_Architecture for Green Living
Mr. TANG Yiu Lun, Jason_Verso - Spatial Poverty & Diversity
MA Kit Yi, Maggie_A Rumination of Life, Money and Personal Space
TANG Kwok Hin_The Surface of Wind and Light
OPEN19. 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)
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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.