June 12th, 2009

Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 1

Fare Mondi - Making Worlds

The Palazzo at the Giardini is a large exhibition hall at one end of the Giardini, the garden home of the national pavilions, in Venice. The Palazzo is one of the two main venues for the survey component of the Biennale, and includes a frantic-looking cafe designed by Tobias Rehberger. Curated by the director of this year’s Biennale, Daniel Birnbaum, the exhibition is called “Making Worlds” and includes a wide variety of artists.

There were many compelling sections of the Palazzo, but we’ve broken down nine key selections into three parts. Part 1 features contributions by Wolfgang Tillmans, Saburo Murakami (a standout in an area on the Gutai group), and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 1

Wolfgang Tillmans filled a room with an installation which, according to the plaque, is about color in nature and artificial color in photography. It’s a lovely collection of works, touching many, though not all, of the lines of Tillmans’ practice. See the gallery after the jump for more images of the installation.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 1

Saburo Murakami made performances that involved puncturing paper stretched over wood using different parts of his body. The resulting “paintings”, made around 50 years ago, were among the earliest artworks to explicitely complicate the relationship between art production and performance. They are also quite beautiful.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 1

A simple video work by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster mixed interviews with the artist about her long history with the Biennale and light, poetic images she associated with the project. In addition to describing all of the projects she’s completed for Venice, like a drop box for wedding rings on one of the water buses used as public transit there, Gonzalez-Foerster elaborated some of the thought processes that went into the those projects as well as the current one. It is an elegant exercise in transparency and reflection, and different in tone from much of the rest of “Making Worlds.”

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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.


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