VENICE DIARIES PART 8 – Luxembourg Pavillion

by Chantal

Feipel & Bechameil at the 54th Venice Biennale

The last art I saw on the end of day 1 was the Luxembourg Pavillion. It was a great one to end on – really fantastic pavilion created by artists Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, and titled Le Cercle Ferme. This pavillion is formed around the idea of finding a new type of space. The artists talk about the need to  ”open” a space at the very heart of the former space. This opening does not create new space to occupy, but rather a sort of pocket hidden inside the old meaning of the limit. 

The installation is a journey of distortion and altered perspective. Illusions, confusion with mirrors, stairs leading to nowhere, doors that are at the top of walls, and furniture morphing shape as if the substance of the world were shifting before your eyes. Loved it!

Feipel & Bechameil at the 54th Venice Biennale

Changing space with Feipel & Bechameil at the 54th Venice Biennale

Here is my video walkthrough of the pavilion. I didn’t quite capture all of it as it was unfortunately closing time so had to leave before filming the wonderful morphing drawers. If you haven’t yet been to the Biennale – make sure this is on your to see list!