Month: August 2017

Glasstress | Palazzo Franchetti

Curated by Dimitry Ozerkov, Herwig Kempinger and Adriano Berengo, Glasstress spans two locations in Venice this year, the Palazzo Franchetti and the Murano factory on Murano Island. As an ongoing project running since 2009, the exhibition celebrating the glass blowing tradition, native to the Italian region, has deemed itself worthy of every Venice Biennale so […]

Iranian Pavilion | BIZHAN BASSIRI

Sculptor and poet Bizhan Bassiri weaves together history and fate at the 57th Venice Biennale’s Iranian Pavilion Culture has the potential to enrich, enliven and inspire us. In countries like Iran, whose cultural history extends as far back as the Medes, the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian empires of classical antiquity, the ability of artists to […]


The homogenising parameters set by galleries and curators that so to speak “matter” in the art world seem to generally dictate the way artists fine tune their self-image and their process of execution. The profession nowadays comes with high expectation. It is interesting to observe how the regulating factors affect the modern artist. Whether the […]

Ari Bayuaji’s notion of Home

Canadian-Indonesian artist Ari Bayuaji takes the notion of ‘home’ and transforms it into a visual language (mostly sculptural) where reclaimed, personal and at times found objects tell a story of his, and others he encounters on his life-long journey’s ideas of home. Having moved from Bali to Montreal as a young adult, objects from his […]

HyperPavilion | Arsenale Nord

Covering a massive amount of space, HyperPavilion, situated in the northern side of the Arsenale, takes place in three historic warehouses. All the pieces were created specifically for the show and focus on the advent of the digital in the art world. The artists selected from diverse backgrounds include Aram Bartholl (Berlin), Vincent Broquaire (Strasbourg), […]

Iraq Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale explores the country’s rich heritage and the realities of its ongoing conflict The Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale returned in 2011 after a 35-year hiatus. This year it is presenting the work of eight modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts, supplemented […]

Richard Serra | Drawings 2015-2017

American minimalist auteur, Richard Serra is known for his large-scale, industrially informed sculptures. In the ground-floor, windowed gallery of Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (MBVB), a pair of sculptures by the artist titled Waxing Arcs (1980, second version 1999) resides permanently. These two imposing sculptures were purchased over two decades ago and have gone through […]

Encounters In-Situ | Tino Sehgal at Fondation Beyeler

From May until November, the artist Tino Sehgal will be presenting a series of six artworks, what he calls “constructed situations,” at the Fondation Beyeler in the picturesque Swiss city of Basel. The starting point for the exhibition is a work acquired by the institution in 2015 entitled This You (2006), the only one of […]

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana Spanning the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta dela Dogana, Damien Hirst’s show Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable was a definitive hotspot for all visitors to the Biennale during opening week. It was the talk of the town in both a complementary and a pejorative way, as I […]

Cyprus Pavilion | POLYS PESLIKAS

At the Venice Biennale’s Cyprus Pavilion, Polys Peslikas explores the power of light and colour as he asks how we want to shape the future When Polys Peslikas responded to the curatorial concept for this year’s Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale — to use painting and colour as a way to explore possible futures […]