Author: Yasmina Nysten

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), […]

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 […]

Rei Kawakubo | Comme des Garçons

This spring 2017, 140 items by fashion designer Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons womenswear collection is on display at the Metropolitan Museum New York. The costume institute has gone out of its way to create a show around the theme of “in-betweenness”, a concept she has been working on since she began her career in […]

The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied | Fondazione Prada

A deep exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann resulted in The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied. One wonders how this quote by Leonard Cohen ended up the title of a media-oriented exhibition at the Fondazione Prada for the 57th Venice Biennale. The […]

The Vivien Leigh Collection | Sotheby’s Auction

London’s Sotheby’s legendary auction house is shining a spotlight on one of hollywoods brightest stars this coming September. The iconic actress Vivien Leigh, best known for her performance as Scarlett O’Hara in the all time classic film Gone With The Wind has amassed in her lifetime a collection comprised of paintings, jewelry, couture, books, furniture, […]

Philip Guston and the Poets

Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia A comprehensive exhibition depicting the relationship between pre-eminent American artist Phillip Guston (1913 — 1980) and his fellow poets is a central attraction at the 57th Venice Biennale. Situated in a prime location, Gallerie dell’Academia, this one is not to be missed. Comprised of smaller rooms showing his works on paper, […]

The End of Utopia | Palazzo Flangini

As an in-depth observation of mankind’s intervention on our planet, American artists Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas were invited by Studio La Citta Gallery to intervene at the Palazzo Flangini in a show called The End of Utopia. It seems peculiar that this is the subject of the 57th Venice Biennale’s main exhibition VIVA ARTE […]

Intuition Palazzo Fortuny

Opening with a series of Neolithic carved stones, standing in a dimly lit setting, Palazzo Fortuny’s intuition-themed exhibition encourages viewers to connect the world of the past and present — a sentiment that seems to be the running theme at the Venice Biennale. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, on an instinctive level, […]

Twelve Days Outside Time

Selections’ own Yasmina Nysten shares her ship’s diary, recounting the ideas and creations that characterised the first Antarctic Biennale With a flair for the radical, eccentric art pirate and director of the first Antarctic Biennale Alexander Ponomarev and the spirited young curator Nadim Samman reckoned with the fact that their next artistic project had to […]

Oblique Strategies

Berlin born British painter, theoretician of colour and composition Peter Schmidt had collaborated with many musicians and artists in his lifetime. One particular collaboration worth noting is the one with English musician, composer, writer and visual artist Brian Eno. First published in 1975, the collaborators invented a special deck of cards they called the Oblique […]