The 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2019, opened to the public on 11thMay, and will continue until 24th November 2019. The theme for the Biennale is titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’. In sync with the ongoing art show, the heritage hotel San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, which is situated on San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, has lent its historical gardens for a marvelous exhibition of sculptures with bronze artworks of renowned English artist Tony Cragg and pieces by famous Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. This venue is barely 10 minutes away from the city center. There are free shuttle boats from St Marks Square to San Clemente Island. The works will be exhibited across the resort gardens and in the San Clemente church.
Nina Moaddel has curated the “What are you hiding? May you find what you are looking for” by the artist Joana Vasconcelos. Paris born and living in Portugal, Joana Vasconcelos was the first woman and youngest contemporary artist to exhibit in the Palace of Versailles. Vasconcelos is known for her expansive works, with which she humorously and allusively explores the boundaries between tradition and modernity, high and everyday culture, handicrafts and industrial production. One of her most known art pieces, “Betty Boop”, a blow-up of high heel made out of stainless steel pans, lids and concrete is on show in the lush gardens of the San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice. “I’ll be Your Mirror”, a giant Venetian carnival mask made of mirrors, was recently displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in a solo show by Vasconcelos.
Tony Gragg, who lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany, is well known for his sculptures whose shapes remind of human and natural worlds. At a time, when the artistic movements of Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Arte Povera were the cornerstones of avant-garde art, Turner Prize winnerCragg became one of the protagonists of the sculpture renewal. Since the 80’s he has exhibited in numerous institutions of international importance, among them the ADDA New York, the Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg and the Fondazione Berengo Venice.