National participation of Belgium

Government of Flanders

Berlinde De Bruyckere

Main Exhibition ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’

Curator Massimiliano Gioni

Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

Thierry De Cordier

Norbert Ghisoland

 
 
 

Berlinde DE BRUYCKERE

Kreupelhout – Cripplewood



Belgian Pavilion

55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

June 1st – November 24th 2013

 
 
 

 

As the commissioning authority for the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2013, Joke Schauvliege, the Flemish Minister of the Environment, Nature and Culture, has announced that Ghent-based artist Berlinde De Bruyckere will represent Belgium at the 118-year old international event. In her comments about this commission, The Minister cited De Bruyckere’s profound commitment to exploring universal issues of the human condition, as well as the relationship of her art to the great continuum of history. Over the past three decades, De Bruyckere has created a consistent body of work that is still evolving and has the power to transform her participation in the Biennale into a lasting international presence.

 

For the Belgian Pavilion in Venice, De Bruyckere has conceived a new site-specific installation that builds upon her existing oeuvre but derives its potency from connections to the historical context of Venice. She has invited acclaimed writer J.M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, to serve as curator and artistic collaborator. De Bruyckere and Coetzee have followed one another’s work for years.
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MAIN EXHIBITION

‘THE ENCYCLOPEDIC PALACE’

 
 
 

Curator Massimiliano Gioni

Central Pavilion (Giardini) - Arsenale

 
 
 

 

With Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), Massimiliano Gioni, much more than presenting us with a list of contemporary artists, wishes to reflect on their creative urges and seems to push the question even further: what is the artists' world? 

 

The prospective interest goes so far as to search for relations with different worlds; thus the exhibition will present works by contemporary artists, but also works from the past, different references.

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter

In their most recent works such as Das Loch, de Gruyter & Thys have replaced actors with mannequins that have limited features, inhuman computerised voices and a certain emptiness at their core. Das Loch describes the complex rivalry that exists between two characters – Johannes, who believes in the universal expression of painting, and Fritz, a little red macho-man in possession of an HD camera.
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Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh °1960, Aalst (Belgium), lives and works in Sint-Kornelis-Horebeke (Belgium) Patrick Van Caeckenbergh attempts to reorder and re-map the world in a highly personal, but at the same time universal way. He distances himself from the known outside world and he pseudo-scientifically scrutinises his own life. His illusive collages and peculiar sculptures of figures and phenomena originate from a process of restructuring the everyday things. With little means, the artist incalculably creates assemblages that remind us of features of fables and fairytales.
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Thierry De Cordier

Thierry De Cordier shows nine paintings which fill the four walls of a complete room in the Central pavilion. His work is juxtaposed to an early sculpture Richard Serra in the middle of the room. In this installation the two artists reflect, both in their own way, on the relation horizontal-vertical.
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Norbert Ghisoland

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Other Belgian Artists in Venice

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

Renato Nicolodi

Iconostasis refers to a wall of icons separating the nave from the sanctuary in an orthodox church. The wooden structure represents a bas-relief of an architectural structure with different side entrances and a main entrance, which give entrance to a subjective and invisible space, which can only be mentally accessed. In this way the spectator is invited to reflection after taking a seat on the bench placed in front of the bas-relief, which also take part of the installation.
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LAb[au]

The group exhibition ‘noise’ (with a.o. Carsten Nicolai, Roberto Pugliese,...) takes as a strating point the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo’s futuristic manifest ‘L’Arte dei Rumori’ and ‘noise’ as a medium for artistic creation. LAb[au] exhibits ‘PixFlow’, which is constituted of stripped computers integrated in a transparant sculpture. On its screens a moving and everchanging image is displayed. Calculation errors are the base of its generative proces and specific visual esthetic.
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11/07/2013: Raphaël Van Lerberghe - à mi-voix

Raphaël Van Lerberghe succeeds Pierre Gérard as artist-in-residence

In Senso Figurato is a creative residency. It will run from 01 June until 30 September 2013 with the aim of seeing the guest artists produce some new work, influenced to a greater or lesser extent by the experience of a stay in Venice for about one week. The output of each artist will be brought together in a collective volume to be published in the autumn of 2013. The project’s visibility will be ensured throughout the Biennale in two ways. Firstly, through the launch of a website aiming essentially to integrate the contributions of each participant anonymously, as if it were the project’s iconographic and digital subconscious. In addition, individual mediation will also be implemented in the form of public events, small or large “gestures” performed by each participant in the course of his or her residency, and also recorded on the website.
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Koen Vanmechelen (Pav 0)

This installation consists of a transparent container, lit by breeding lamps, which stores three 3D prints. They illustrate the DNA structures of three chickens. Two are inbreeds, the other one is a cross-breed. Fascinatingly, the latter is different and clearly stands out as an outsider in this group. It has outward peaks all over. The rough points on the chromosomes of the hybrid probably give more immunity. Reaching out, diminishing the distance, longing for the Other is dangerous, brave and ultimately rewarding.
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Mark Manders

Room with Broken Sentence contains elements of Manders’ earlier work while highlighting new steps the artist is taking. The larger installations developed specially for the Rietveld pavilion reveal significant new aspects of the artist’s formal and conceptual vocabulary. Manders’ use of materials, in which nothing is what it seems (epoxy looks like clay, clay becomes brass and brass seems to be wood), enhances this enigmatic visual impact. Mark Manders is a Dutch artist, living in Belgium.
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Wunderkammer

The Wunderkammer exhibition is fittingly focused on the links between nature and creative activity, discoveries and a new espousal of nature. The collection of works on display, as though in a cabinet, is attuned to the noble principles of unity linking together all manner of things. At the centre of our occupations, contemporary artists tap into an inexhaustible reserve of shapes and colours, materials and objects, furthering their development in the light of achievements that are both unique and part of our heritage. Curator: Antonio Nardone
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Koen Vanmechelen (Glasstress)

A splendid coat made from animals lends a regal aura to this installation. Although it is made from a seemingly banal animal - the chicken – it stands out prominently. It is worn by the artist/creator who uses his own creation. The feathers belong to the fifteenth hybrid animal in his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. The animal, the Mechelse Silky, is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the Vanmechelen genus.
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Axel Vervoordt

This summer, during the 55th International Venice Art Biennale, the Palazzo Fortuny presents: ‘Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell’artista’ (Tàpies. The eye of the artist)’. This exhibition is organised by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation and is curated by Toni Tàpies, Natasha Hébert, Daniela Ferretti, and Axel Vervoordt. 
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Marin Kasimir

Marin Kasimir presents his works in three historic settings in Venice: Eglise San Giovanni Evangéliste, Spazio Bedoer and Fondation Wilmotte.
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Dora García

A group of people have been reading a book together for thirty years.

They have been reading it again and again, with each journey from the first to the last page taking eleven years. Once they arrive at the last word, a very enigmatic ‘the’, they begin again with the first word, ‘riverrun’. The text appears inexhaustible, its interpretation endless, the inconclusive nature of the reading exciting. The world seems to cease existing outside this reading room or, perhaps, it exists because of it.
With the support of: the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Atelier Graphoui, LUCA Sint-Lukas Brussel & Argos, Centre for Art & Media. 
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