Saturday, 4 July 2009
What to see: The Dano-Nordic pavilion, the 53rd Biennale, Venice
Some days ago I wrote about the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale, in Venice. I should also include something about the Norwegian contribution, which is in fact a pan-Nordic one. The Nordic pavilion (Sweden, Norway and Finland) is located next to the Danish and for this Biennale they have joined forces for the exhibition “The Collectors”, curated and staged by the Norwegian duo Elmgreen & Dragset and with 24 artists participating.
The two pavilions are furnished as a deserted home where some sort of disaster with homoerotic undertones has struck and is as such reminiscent of the exhibition “Home is the place you left” at Trondheim Art Gallery last year.
To the left in the first photo are several pictures by Tom of Finland, while “Maquette for a Giant Spinning O” by Jonathan Monk can be seen outside the windows. In the second photo is “Butterflies” by Han & Him, while the third shows the painting “The act of pollination” by Herman Bas and the fourth two Polynesian sculptures lent by Francesca von Habsburg.
In the fifth photo is a detail of “Table for Bergman” by Elmgreen & Dragset. Then comes the staircase in the library and the mirror in the hallway and finally “Death of a Collector”, also by Elmgreen & Dragset.