Biennale

08/01/2013

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George Condo

Love his eery style, and that red is so beautifully shaded. He seems to be really influenced by music and you can tell in the dynamics of the strokes and the complex colors of the backgrounds.

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Couldnt have said it better myself, im sorry to appropriate this from http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/vadim-zakharov-russian-pavilion-venice-biennale

In what's quickly becoming one of the most striking scenes at this year's Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious art fair, conceptual Russian artist Vadim Zakharov has created a shower of gold coins. Housed in the Russian Pavilion, the work is Inspired by Greek mythology. The metaphor follows the myth of Danaë, who was locked up in a cave by her father, King Acrisius of Argos, to prevent her from bearing children. A prophecy stated that the King would be killed by Danaë's son. Zeus, however, came to her in the form of golden rain and impregnated her. Soon after, their child Perseus was born, who would later fulfill the dark prophecy.

This piece, called Danae, is a modern take on the myth and is also a statement on the greed, cynicism, wastefulness and gluttony of the 21st century. As Udo Kittelmann, director of the National Gallery in Berlin and curator of this pavilion stated, "The Greek myth of the impregnation of Danae is subjected to numerous readings: a falling shower of gold makes reference to the seduction of Danaë as an allegory for human desire and greed, but also to the corrupting influence of money."

Visitors watch as gold coins fall from the ceiling, forming into huge heaps on the floor. Only women are allowed to the lower floor, where they're handed see-through umbrellas to protect them from the coins. The women can pick the coins up and put them into a bucket which is then hoisted up to the ceiling.



In my own words: It was very though-provoking and an original idea most definitely. I love the money greed men and women relationship questions the work poses.

In the Russian Pavilion at the Giardini, the conceptual artist Vadim Zahkarov re-stages the ancient myth of Zeus’s seduction of Danae in the form of a shower of gold as a comment on the materialism and greed of modern times. Visitors can observe from a gallery gilded coins tumbling from the ceiling above onto the floor below, where they form an enormous heap. Access to the lower floor is restricted to women, who are handed transparent umbrellas to protect them from the cascading largess, and invited to pick up coins and deposit them in a bucket, which is periodically hoisted up and its contents poured onto a conveyor belt to replenish the supply of coins falling from above.
-NY Times




And i had no idea i was standing on this work shown below. I'm now sad I didnt notice it..

 


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