At Arsenal Novissimo, Venice, Italy
Alexander Ponomarev (Moscow)
Adrian Ghenie (London/Berlin)
Hans op de Beek (Brussels)
Ryoichi Kurokawa (Osaka/Berlin)
This volume accompanies an Official Collateral Project by four international contemporary artists, each represented by a newly commissioned site-specific work engaging with the theme of entropy. Alexander Ponomarev’s previous career as a seaman left an indelible mark on his creative practice, which is dominated by epic aquatic installations. At the Arsenale Novissimo, Tesa 89, he débuts his monumental installation titled Formula. Nearby, an immersive audio-visual piece by the Japanese multimedia practitioner Ryoichi Kurokawa fuses natural and digital forms to spectacular effect, raising the issue of global energy interactions. Romanian painter Adrian Ghenie – known for his dramatic, expressive, painterly panels – undertakes his largest work yet for the exhibition, while the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck continues his acclaimed Location series – creating an immersive ‘total installation’ reflecting upon on domestic architecture. This volume also contains image surveys of the artists’ previous works.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be edited with texts by renowned art critics and academics, including Alfred Pacquement (Dir. Pompidou Centre), Dr Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute, London), Dr John Bowlt (University of Southern Carolina), Prof Andrei Tolstoy (Pres. AICA Russia) and others. As with all Official Collateral Projects, this exhibition will also feature in the main Biennale catalogue.