Venice this year was all about the mega gesamtkunstwerk, kicking off with the heartbreaking Germania pavilion, which Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010) turned into EGO, an out of control meta-fluxus church dedicated to his own death.
photos and videos cannot really decribe the simultaneous heavyness and lightness of this piece. Somehow it reminded me of The End, the 2009 Greek pavilion by Nikos Alexiou, who also passed away this year.
Moving on to the Swiss pavilion the always over the top gesamtkunstwerker Thomas Hirschhorn went over the over the top with "Crystal of Resistance"
aluminum foil car seats amongst a chaos of
monoblock chairs with empty aquariums and so much more
photodress menequin ending in crystal fringe while fingers scroll through photos on tv monitors
more broken mirrors
squirrels guarding magazines and crystals in brown tape caves was really the least of it. Again, you had to be there.
Moving on to gesamtkunstwerk number 3, Mike Nelson at the British Pavilion
who incredibly recreated a collage of Istanbul instances, a labyrynth of spatial and programmatic snapshots of everyday mayhem
complete with open air areas to just reming you that you have no idea where you are anymore: Neither Istanbul nor Venice, just inside his mind
or reaching down to grab his heart
(Danish Pavilion curated by our very own Katerina Gregos)
or becoming scaled into space (Dominik Lang Czech pavilion)
Rotating (Dominik Lang Czech pavilion)
practicing (Elas Lassry Arsenale)
burning (Urs Fischer)
melting office chair
Franz West showed his kitchen insideout, with all the works that hang there
Haroon Mizra got the golden lion for his "The National Apavilion of then and now"
a mountain of plinths
Gabriel Kuri upsidedown trashcans
(see you in Basel next week, together with A LOT of the Arsenale,
which was great, and ever so transportable,
gallerists must be happy indeed
great Rosemarie Trockel
FOS boat party, Danish pavilion
the at the great Padigline Internet, at San Servolo island, which this year hosted BYOB Venezia featuring gnes Bolt, Alterazioni Video, Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, Anna Franceschini, Billy Rennekamp, Britta Thie, Claudia Rossini, Cristian Bugatti, Eilis McDonald, Elisa Giardina Papa, Giallo Concialdi, Hayley Silverman, Interno3, Iocose, Jaime Martinez, Jeremy Bailey, KUNSTKAMMER, Les liens invisibles, LG Williams/Estate Of LG Williams, Luca Bolognesi, LuckyPDF, Marc Kremers, Marco Cadioli, Marisa Olson, Marlous Borm, Martin Cole, Matteo Erenbourg, Mai Ueda, Mike Ruiz, Miltos Manetas, Nazareno Crea, Nikola Tosic, Parker Ito, Pegy Zali, Petros Moris, Priscilla Tea, Protey Temen, Rafaël Rozendaal, Rene Abythe, Riley Harmon, Sarah Ciraci, Sarah Hartnett, Theodoros Giannakis, UBERMORGEN.COM, Valery Grancer, Wojciech Kosma, Yuri Pattison, Constant Dullaart, Daniel Swan, Duncan Malashock, Jodi, Panos Tsagaris, Travess Smalley.
and curated by Margherita Balzerani, Gloria Maria Cappelletti, Caroline Corbetta, Silvia Ferri De Lazara, Marina Fokidis, Elena Giulia Rossi, Valentina Tanni, Mara Sartore, Yvonne Force Villareal, Doreen Reemen, Jan Aman, Manuel Frara, David Quiles Guilló, Miltos Manetas, Lev Manovich, Angelo Plessas, Rafaël Rozendaal, Domenico Quaranta, Francesco Urbano and Francesco Ragazzi.
a night of mega projections in a garden on an island
inspiring Luigi Ontani at Peggy Guggenheim, which showed the collection of Ileanna Sonnabend
great Wilhelm von Gloeden
the over at the super weird Dogana, which I had visited before, and had not idea what a little over manicured ruin it was. I think the Tadao Ando renovation almost beats the fake ruins of Knossos in it's Disneyfied decadence. Why? Anyway I only post things that I like in this blog, so its not that I dont like it, its just that I was taken aback by the extreme fakery provided by endless coats of Euros.
inside the space is equally weird, and I'm not just saying this because they didnt give me the cute yellow bag for free. Still Marcel Broodthaers' piece seemed to resist the space
I think I would prefer these amazing Chen Zhen candle houses against a proper white cube
maybe my favourite video of all time, Bruce Nauman Clown
over at Palazzo Grassi further akwardness, though Urs Fischer's Raymond Pettibon exhibition wallpaper still rocks
Angelo did a Robot Poetry Reading from his just published Automatic Book
who also put together the fantastic Book Affair ay MetriCubi
we finished the Venice Rounds with
The Mediterranean Approach at Palazzo Zenobio,
curated by Adelina von Furstenberg and Thierry Ollat
and featuring Ghada Amer, Ziad Antar, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Marie Bovo, David Casini, Hüseyin Karabey, Ange Leccia, Adrian Paci, Maria Papadimitriou, Khalil Rabah, Zineb Sedira, Gal Weinstein, Peter Wuethrich (image David Casini)