VENICE DIARIES PART 7 – Portugal Pavillion
After my lovely moment on the jetty I headed on to find the Portuguese Pavillion (housed in the Fondaco Marcello – a 16th/17th Venetian warehouse) and was delighted to find it was still open. This had been one of the recommendations I had received and it didn’t disappoint. An understated and yet captivating exhibition of intimate lantern projections entitled Scenario by artist Francisco Tropa. Each of the projection devices serves as a small sculpture and houses a simple object such as a dead fly, a drop of water suspended on a thread or a light bulb filament. Each object casts a magnified shadow onto a plaster wallscreen that is framed by “sculptural scenes” consisting of branches, or planks of wood contrasting their physical presence with the projected imagery.
The room holds a sense of captivation and beauty as simple objects are elevated greatly above their intrinsic value. Like an artists sketch the creative power is in the raw simplicity placed on display.
“Scenario is an exhibition which articulates sculpture, image devices and fragments of nature. The general ambience is timeless and enigmatic, in which objects and images have a heuristic quality, seeking a sensitive and subjective understanding of the nature of things and consequently of the experience of creation and the origins of art.” Sérgio Mah, Curator
Here’s my walk through: