a site-specific exhibition in Venice
Through Oct. 29, 2022, the Doge’s Palace in Venice is hosting an exhibition on Anselm Kiefer, with paintings created explicitly during 2020/2021. Tied to the celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of Venice’s foundation, Kiefer’s installation takes up the seal of a title taken from the writings of Venetian philosopher Andrea Emo: [Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce] “[These writings, when they are burned, will finally give some light.” The cycle of paintings created specifically for this exhibition unfolds in the magnificence of the Sala dello Scrutinio [Scrutiny Hall], in close confrontation with the thirty-three monumental canvases on the ceiling, thus emphasizing the role of contemporary art in thinking about universal themes.
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The contrast blends perfectly with the surroundings; the successful pairing arouses such emotions that it becomes difficult to imagine the halls again without these paintings. The objects featured in the works are those of everyday life, shopping carts, bicycles, ladders, coffins, wooden sticks, and bundles of hay. Objects representing life and movement, on intense and deep brushstrokes, golden strokes, red spots that emerge vividly, or delicate periwinkles. The resulting contemporary fresco represents the great metaphor of passages and transits; this narrative brings to the surface the layering of millennia-old myths. (Assia Karaguiozova) Visitmuve.it
Anselm Kiefer – Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce
curated by Gabriella Belli and Janne Sirén
Venezia, Doge’s Palace – Sala dello Scrutinio
Until October, 29th, 2022