Biennale must to see
Marc Quinn,Ai Weiwei

Marc Quinn

29 May – 29 September 2013

Fondazione Cini – Venice 


The Giorgio Cini Foundation presents Marc Quinn,

a major exhibition that includes sculptures,

paintings and other art objects by one of the original

Young British Artists.


Consisting of more than 50 works, including the public debut

of at least 13 new works, Marc Quinn will be one of the artist’s

most important exhibitions to date. In addition to reuniting

Quinn and Celant, who last worked together on the exhibition

Garden at the Prada Foundation, (Milan, 2000) Marc Quinn

marks a return of the artist to Venice, following his 2003 show

at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, The Overwhelming World

of Desire, and highlights the Giorgio Cini Foundation’s growing

interest in contemporary art.


Marc Quinn began his career exploring issues such as the relation

between art and science, the human body and its survival mechanisms,

life and its preservation, and beauty and death. Quinn describes the

exhibition as “a journey from the origins of life” that celebrates through

very powerful works “the awe and wonder of the world in which we live.”


 Marc Quinn has unveiled his latest ‘model’ artwork at the 55th

Venice Biennale festival: a painting of Lara Stone’s bare baby bump

with the model lying completely naked on a bed of red meat.


Portrait of a pregnant Lara Stone 





 Ai Weiwei – Disposition

Zuecca Project Space and Sant’Antonin Church

29 May – 15 September 2013

Zuecca Projects, in collaboration with Lisson Gallery,

presents across two locations in Venice, the Zitelle complex,

home of Zuecca Projects, and the church of Sant’Antonin,

an exhibition of new works by Ai Weiwei. The exhibition

comprises landmark works showing Ai Weiwei at the height

of his artistic and polemic powers.


In Zuecca is presented an expanded version of the artist’s acclaimed

sculptural installation Straight, first exhibited at the Hirshhorn

Museum in Washington D.C. in 2012. Straight is formed from multiple tons

of steel rebar recovered from the collapsed schools in which more than five

thousand children perished during the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China.

For the Sant’Antonin church location, Ai Weiwei has specially conceived a

new work, creating a dialogue between the artist and the existing architecture,

and as a contemporary Chinese response to the city of Venice.


Ai Weiwei is known internationally for his work reflecting present-day

China and his concern with human rights and freedom of expression.

He servesas an example for legitimate social criticism and free expression

both in China and internationally. This exhibition curated by Maurizio

Bortolotti represents a new chapter in the long-standing historical relationship

– founded on trade, as well as religious and cultural exchange – that exists

between China and Venice. The relationship will acquire fresh immediacy

in light of the artist’s interpretation of Contemporary China within the

context of the city.






The Encyclopedic Palace

1 June – 24 November 2013


The 55th International Art Exhibition will take
place in Venice from June 1st to November 24th,
2013 at the Giardini and the Arsenale. The preview:
May 29th, 30th and 31st 2013. The title chosen by
curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International
Art Exhibition is The Encyclopedic Palace.
Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme
evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino
Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the
US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The
Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was
meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together
the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to
the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but
the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up
throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with
many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who
have tried – often in vain – to fashion an image of the world
that will capture its infinite variety and richness.”