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PALAZZO BEMBO, VENEZIA

A NEW EXHIBITION CENTER IN VENICE

After years of neglect, Palazzo Bembo is finding back to its original atmosphere. It is becoming the home again of the arts, culture and education. Under a new ownership, the decision has been made to restore Palazzo Bembo and to make room for exhibitions; beginning this year in cooperation with la Biennale di Venezia and with the hosting of two world class exhibitions. The exhibitions in Palazzo Bembo will be organized by the Dutch NonProfit Organization GlobalArtAffairs Foundation.

Palazzo Bembo is located on the San Marco side of the Canal Grande, a few steps away from the Rialto bridge. It was built in the fifteenth century by the noble family of Bembo who had lived in Venice at least since the 7th centuries. Palazzo Bembo is a.o. the birthplace of Pietro Bembo (1470-1547), a Venetian scholar and cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language. Although Palazzo Bembo was remodeled several times over the centuries, externally it still maintains the original structure. The Palazzo is considered an example of the Venetian-Byzantine or -Gothic style.

The 2 exhibitions which will open on June 4 2011, with a big 4 days long Palazzo Bembo inauguration Pre-view party on May 31, June 1, 2 and 3, will put Pal azzo Bembo immediately on the list of important exhibition venues in Venice. Both exhibitions will display contemporary art of world class level, whereby the exhibition “Personal Structures” will display 28 artists from 12 countries on 5 continents. All information about the exhibitions and Palazzo Bembo, you can find at:

WWW.PALAZZOBEMBO.ORG                               WWW.VENICE-EXHIBITIONS.ORG

WWW.PERSONALSTRUCTURES.ORG                WWW.GLOBALARTAFFAIRS.ORG

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:  

Sarah Gold:   +39 349 088 9763         Sarah@globalartaffairs.org

Personal Structures

la Biennale di Venezia

Titolo della mostra     PERSONAL STRUCTURES
Sede                                 Palazzo Bembo (vicinanze del Ponte di Rialto, sul Canal Grande)
luogo                               Venezia, Italia
organizzato da           Global Art Affairs Foundation
curatori                           Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold
Apertura al Pubblico 4 giugno-27 nov. 2011 (vernice: 1, 2 e 3 Giugno 2011)
Sito Internet                 www.venice-exhibitions.org


Nell'ambito della 54. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte - La Biennale di Venezia, PERSONAL STRUCTURES presenta 28 artisti provenienti da 5 continenti, a rappresentanza di 12 paesi. La mostra riunisce una straordinaria combinazione di artisti celebri, accanto ad artisti la cui opera è meno nota. Ciò che li unisce è il comune dedicarsi ai concetti di Tempo - Spazio ed Esistenza. Curatrici della mostra sono le olandesi Karlyn De Jongh e Sarah Gold.

Personal Structures si terrà presso la prestigiosa sede veneziana di Palazzo Bembo, nei pressi del Ponte di Rialto sul Canal Grande. Ciascun artista in mostra presenta lavori recenti, talvolta site-specific, specialmente realizzati per questa mostra, o pervenuti direttamente dallo studio dell'artista. Ogni sala di Palazzo Bembo sarà dedicata a un singolo artista. La carica espressiva delle opere conferisce ad ogni sala un'atmosfera fortemente distintiva. La mostra presenta una grande varietà di mezzi artistici, tra i quali: video, scultura, pittura, fotografia, installazioni luminose, wallpaper e performance.

Poiché nella mostra si affiancano artisti di culture ed età anche molto diverse, i temi di Tempo - Spazio ed Esistenza sono proposti secondo punti di vista inconsueti. Di conseguenza PERSONAL STRUCTURES stimola nello spettatore una relazione più consapevole nei confronti di ciò che quotidianamente lo circonda e punta ad aumentare la consapevolezza della propria personale Esistenza in quanto esseri umani in uno specifico Spazio e Tempo.

I seguenti artisti sono stati invitati a prendere parte alla mostra: Marina Abramović (ex-Iugoslavia), Carl Andre (Stati Uniti), Herman de Vries (Olanda), Toshikatsu Endo (Giappone), Johannes Girardoni (Stati Uniti), Peter Halley (Stati Uniti), Joseph Kosuth (Stati Uniti), Melissa Kretschmer (Stati Uniti), Lee Ufan (Corea del Sud), Ma Jun (Cina), Tony Matelli (Stati Uniti), Judy Millar (Nuova Zelanda), Tatsuo Miyajima (Giappone), François Morellet (Francia), Hermann Nitsch (Austria), Roman Opalka (Francia), Thomas Pihl (Norvegia), Miriam Prantl (Austria), Andrew Putter (Sud Africa), Arnulf Rainer (Austria), Rene Rietmeyer (Olanda), Yuko Sakurai (Giappone), Sasaki (Giappone), SEO (Corea del Sud), Lawrence Weiner (Stati Uniti), Maik Wolf (Germania), Xing Xin (Cina), Zou Cao (Cina).

La mostra PERSONAL STRUCTURES è parte di un progetto artistico internazionale. Il progetto è stato avviato nel 2002 dall'artista olandese Rene Rietmeyer, a partire dall'osservazione di come, fin nei più disparati angoli del mondo, vi siano artisti che lavorano con Tempo - Spazio ed Esistenza, secondo modalità espressive estremamente personali. Da tale osservazione è nata dunque l'idea di riunire artisti diversi attraverso pubblicazioni, mostre e simposi.

PERSONAL STRUCTURES avrà luogo dal 4 giugno al 27 novembre 2011 nell'ambito della 54. Esposizione internazionale d'Arte di Venezia. La mostra è organizzata dalla GLOBAL ART AFFAIRS FOUNDATION. Saranno inoltre disponibili un catalogo della mostra (168 pagine) e un libro, PERSONAL STRUCTURES (448 pagine, DuMont 2009), legato al progetto e contenente i pensieri di diversi artisti in mostra.

Per ulteriori informazioni e immagini, si prega di contattare una delle curatrici:
Karlyn De Jongh:  +39 345 9100 288 | Sarah Gold: +39 349 088 9763 |  info@globalartaffairs.org 
www.globalartaffairs.org  |  www.personalstructures.org  |  www.venice-exhibitions.org

 

 

Exhibition „Wolfgang Joop, Eternal Love“

Organizer          Ludwig Museum, Germany

Curator               Beate Reifenscheid

Location            Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

Dates                   Open for Public June 4th – November 27th, 10.00-19.00

In context of the 54th Venice Biennale 2011, the exhibition "Wolfgang Joop, Eternal Love" at Palazzo Bembo will be curated by the director of the Ludwig Museum Dr. Beate Reifenscheid. This solo exhibition will present an overview of Joop's recent artistic work. The exhibition space has 350 square meters, which will all together show an exciting combination of sculptures and two-dimensional wall objects in a wide range of materials, such as marble, batiste, fabrics, paper and metal. Most of the works are from 2011 and were especially made for this exhibition, other works were created between 2003 and 2010. The exhibition will be open from  June 4th until November 27th 2011. Palazzo Bembo is located a few meters from the Rialto Bridge, on the Grand Canal.

Joop addresses our human existence through a combination of ’reality’ and ’dream’, making references to pain and death, but presented in an aesthetically beautiful way. Classic art-historical themes are addressed in a new, dream-like and experimental way. Wolfgang Joop is not afraid of emotion; the artist says he loves the "fairytale-like, even in abstraction." With this exhibition, Wolfgang Joop aims to highlight the passion and beauty as well as the transience of life and to show the public a possible, positive way of handling these general topics every human being has to deal with.

Art, for Joop, is the expression of an aesthetic, a life-embracing state of mind and that this world in its constant change is beautiful and should be savored. The promotion of multicultural dialogues will improve social relations across national borders. "For me, art is something that has to do with emotions, dreams and fears. I use things that are common to people but with a twist of irritation, something familiar but not too familiar."

His sculptures and fabric pieces show contrasting colours of black and white, as well as themes of love, existence, solitude and death, he uses familiar icons and symbols but with a twist. "The duality of life is another aspect of my work. It's like you can only know beauty if you know ugliness. You can only know luck if you know misfortune." For instance, in "Eternal Bride," Joop depicted a skeleton bride surrounded by cherry blossoms and sparkling jewels. "Cherry blossoms are very fleeting, while skulls can last thousands of years. The skeleton brides mean that love is not forever but death is everlasting."

In 2010 two catalogues have been published about the work of Wolfgang Joop. In cooperation with the Ludwig Museum, a new extensive catalogue of his Venice exhibition in Palazzo Bembo will be available.

 

 
 
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