June 14th, 2009

Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 3

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 3 features contributions by Blinky Palermo, Simon Starling and Tony Conrad.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 3

“Himmelsrichtungen” by Blinky Palermo was originally made in 1976 and reconstructed for “Making Worlds” this year. Four colored plastic panels are mounted high in the corners of a small, brick-walled room on black I-beams. A few documents hung on the wall documenting the original installation and it’s production. It’s a welcome grounding for the rest of the show, and a sensitive articulation of the exhibition’s theme.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 3

Tony Conrad filled a tall room with paintings on unstable paper. The slow yellowing of the paper is related to experimental film.

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Venice: The Palazzo at the Giardini, Part 3

Simon Starling included a film installation, a big projector with an elaborate spiral of arms holding the film. The black and white film showed footage of what looked like various stages of production of the projection apparatus.

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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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