The Arsenale is a massive complex of installation rooms just west of the Giardini, the garden home of the national pavilions, in Venice. Cavernous, dark, and seemingly unending, the halls of the Arsenale are one of the two main venues for the survey component of the Biennale. Curated by the director of this year’s Biennale, Daniel Birnbaum, the exhibition is called “Making Worlds” and includes a wide variety of artists.
In our second of two segments on the Arsenale, we present two simple, literal works of surprising gravity.
“Overgrowth” by Ceal Floyer is a single still color photo of a Bonsai projected to the size of a full-scale tree.
“Seventeen Less One” by Michelangelo Pistoletto fills one of the first rooms of the Arsenale with massive framed mirrors which the artist shattered in a performace at the beginning of the exhibition.
Note: There were no press images documenting the exhibition immediately available, so the photos are all by Contemporary Art Daily. We apologize for any poor quality, as we do not have access to a professional photographer.
Full gallery of images available after the jump.