58th Venice Bienniale
The Adrastus Collection is delighted to highlight the works of our artists on view in the 58th Biennale di Venezia.
Audiences entering the 58th Venice Biennale, through a work by Lara Favaretto, an omnipresent mist that conceals the entrance of the Central Pavilion with clouds of vapor. The mist may not make the building disappear, but for the curator Ralph Rugoff it is an exploration of the state of uncertainty, questioning the moment where artworks become the remains of a certain event. A live interview with the artist can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2JBMssY
With their echoes of fragmented materials, Baghramian’s Dwindlers sculptures interact with the architecture of the Biennale’s space, obliging visitors to reconsider the architectural elements usually concealed in public buildings and of the internal workings of the human body itself.
Saraceno presents a new solar power piece that displays the potential of human flight as new mechanisms to explore a ‘burgeoning era’: “A new ethical commitment to the atmosphere, a new epoch that we call Aerocene”, as the artist explains. Saraceno is featured in Culture Magazine as ‘One of the Ten Artists at the Venice Biennale We Know & Love’.
Bove’s formal syntax is an adept language of bends, dents, torques, kinks, crumples, creases, and other folds that animate the sculptural surface. The artist has called these works “collage sculptures” – a type of activity that navigates a productive tension between the industrially formed and the merely found, between the obsolete and the newly minted.
French sculptor Jean-Luc Moulène presents Donatrice, a 2019 work that places a battered 15th-century terracotta sculpture of a praying girl on a steel table.
The skylight in the grand dome of the Giardini’s Central Pavilion has been blacked out cloaking the soaring room in darkness. A projection of a menacing demon by Cyprien Gaillard glows at its center, surrounded by the deformed concrete bodies of Yu Ji and works by Danh Vo, including huge mirror-surface paintings that Peter Bonde has splashed with paint.
curated by João Ribas
The Art Newspaper hails Antunes installation as one of the ‘must-see pavilions around the city’. Inspired by a Carlo Scarpa mosaic and lit by dramatically shaped lights designed by Egle Trinacanato, the first woman to graduate from Venice’s architecture school, Antunes’s work evokes a sense of history with every step.
curated by Martha Kirszenbaum
Laure Prouvost’s participation received excellent reviews by Culture Magazine and Artnet. Exploring humanity’s impact on the natural world, the sculptural installation imagines a space in which sea creatures and trash cohabitate.
curated by Florencia Battiti
Best known for her socially charged installations, Mariana Tellería’s installation titled The name of a country, encompass seven sculptures through which the artist articulates her perception of reality.
Pablo Vargas Lugo
curated by Magalí Arriola
Pablo Vargas Lugo’s Acts of God explores the relationship between the unexpected and the prophetic hovering in the threshold between script and scripture, performance and (dis)belief. Based on various episodes recounted by the Gospels with their own distinct perspectives, two looped projections offer different montages of very similar footage: incomplete and inconclusive sequences, outtakes and shots where mishaps and diversions seem to be the norm.
Congratulations to Teresa Margolles who received a special mention at the 2019 Venice Biennale for her sharp and poignant work that considers with the plight of women affected by the narcotics trade in Ciudad Juarez in her native Mexico. Margolles allows appropriated objects to create powerful testimonies by shifting their framing from the daily life to the exhibition halls. Margolles dedicated her award during her acceptance speech to women who have died in Mexico as a result of violence linked to the drug trade and “to girls and women who are risking their lives today.”