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Two Stars of the 2013 Venice Biennale Are Coming To New York


Two of the most iconic works from the 2013 Venice Biennale will go on view in New York City in 2014: Marino Auriti’s scale model of his proposed “Encyclopedic Palace” (above), which was the generative work of Massimiliano Gioni’s same-titled show, will be displayed by the American Folk Art Museum, which owns it; and Sarah Sze’s installation for the American Pavilion, which was commissioned by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, will be going on tour thanks to a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant, including a stop in the Bronx. (more…)

2013 Venice Biennale Passes 400,000 Visitors, Sets New Single-Day Attendance Record


In early November, with three more weeks to go until it closes on the 24th, the 2013 Venice Biennale welcomed its 400,000th visitor, passing a major attendance milestone. Additionally, the bi-annual art destination set a new single-day attendance record on November 2, when a stunning 7,331 people crammed into “The Encyclopedic Palace” and the national pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale. (more…)

Ryan Trecartin’s Venice Biennale Installation Bought by Collector Anita Zabludowicz


Anita Zabludowicz has been championing emerging artists at her foundation since the early 1990s, and the word on the street in London this Frieze Week is that next year the Zabludowicz Collection will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a solo exhibition by Ryan Trecartin at its London space. Zabludowicz has purchased Trecartin’s immersive installation, as yet untitled, currently on show at the Venice Biennale as part of Massimiliano Gionis acclaimed exhibition “The Encyclopedic Palace.” (more…)

How Contemporary Art Could Keep Murano’s Glassmakers in Business


Is the Venetian glassblowing community ready to trade in their traditional fare for contemporary art? They may have no choice but to take on more fabrication jobs, the Economist reports, as the tourist flocks setting sail for the Venetian island of Murano thin. (more…)

Meet “Struggling Sehgal,” a Meme Inspired by Tino’s Pained Venice Biennale Photo-Op


By now you know that the London-born, Berlin-based performance artist Tino Sehgal received the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale for his two-person beatboxing dance piece in Massimiliano Gioni’s exhibition “The Encyclopedic Palace,” but what you may not be aware of is the hilariously pained expression that Sehgal made while receiving the prize (see above). We’re not sure what to make of the look on Sehgal’s face — does he have zero upper body strength? does he have a debilitating phobia of winged lions? did he just remember that he was having a really bad hair day? — but we immediately recognized the opportunity to creating a new meme, and thus Struggling Sehgal was born. See some instructive examples below. (more…)

The Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale Shows Art Extravaganza’s Geopolitics


The Venice Biennale is the art world’s answer to the Olympic Games — an analogy made all the more real by Allora & Calzadilla’s U.S. Pavilion presentation in 2011 — and accordingly it is bound up in many of the same international power systems, alliances, and antipathies, an often-ignored subtext that the new app, The Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale, seeks to underline. (more…)

Angola and Tino Sehgal Win Golden Lions at 55th Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale first timer Angola was awarded the Golden Lion for best pavilion at the inauguration of the 55th exhibition of international art on Saturday by jury members Jessica Morgan, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Francesco Manacorda, Bisi Silva, and Ali Subotnick. The pavilion features two exhibitions. “Luanda, Encyclopedic City,” for which the Golden Lion was given, features photographer Edson Chagas, while “Angola em Movimento” focuses on painting and sculpture. For the latter, 21 artists participate in total, with particularly prominent positions by Francisco Van-Dúnem, António Ole, Fineza Teta, and Marco Kabenda. (more…)

Take That, Tilda: Milla Jovovich Spent Eight Hours in a Giant Glass House in Venice


On Wednesday Milla Jovovich, model, muse, and actor of “Resident Evil” and “The Fifth Element” fame, spent eight hours in a glass house in Venice, her only means of communication with the outside world being a computer, a smartphone, and a tablet device. The latest iteration of the celebrity-in-a-confined-glass-space performance art meme, following Tilda Swinton’s public napping at MoMA, was masterminded by American artist-designer-model Tara Subkoff, with a helping hand from New York’s non-profit the Art Production Fund and fashion house Marella. (more…)

Major Marc Quinn Show at the Giorgio Cini Foundation Will Coincide With Venice Biennale


Ai Weiwei isn’t the only international art star who will have a major solo show in Venice during this year’s Biennale: Marc Quinn, the blood-chilling YBA, will be the subject of a major show at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, opening just before the Biennale on May 29, and continuing through September 29. The exhibition, succinctly titled “Marc Quinn,” will mark the debuts of at least 13 new works, as well as a new site-specific version of his 2005 installation “Evolution” and his piece of the same year from Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, “Alison Lapper Pregnant.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei Will Have a Solo Show of New Works at the Venice Biennale


In addition to being one of four non-German artists selected by Susanne Gaensheimer to show in the German pavilion’s exhibition (much to Hamburger Bahnhof director Udo Kittelmann’s dismay) at this year’s Venice Biennale — which, due to a pavilion switcheroo, will be housed in the French pavilion — Ai Weiwei will also have a solo show of all new work as one of the Biennale’s official Collateral Events. The solo show, presented by Venetian non-profit art space Zuecca Projects in association with Ai’s gallery, Lisson, will take place at two locations, is being curated by Maurizio Bortolotti, and will run from May 29 to September 15. (more…)