Biennale must to see
Marc Quinn,Ai Weiwei
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
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.
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