VENICE DIARIES PART 10 – The Arsenale
Woke to a beautiful misty Sunday morning with church bells ringing out across the city. Stunning vaporetto ride through the romantic mist to get to the Arsenale.
Works in the large open spaces of the Arsenale were many and varied ranging from the awesome and theatrical to the distinctly underwhelming. Here’s a run down in pictures of some of my highlights:
At the start of the Arsenale you are greeted with the incredible recreation of Chinese artist Song Dong’s family home.
South African born Nicholas Hlobo’s Iimpundulu Zonke Ziyandilandela (2011) is made from rubber and ribbon and is wonderfully theatric and imposing.
Haroon Mirza had created an intriguing foam padded cell that invited visitors into its pitch darkness where a circle of white light grew in intensity both in terms of the light and a loud buzz. When it reaches its top pitch the sound abruptly stops and the call and its visitors are plunged back into silent darkness.
Urs Fischer’s has created the incredible work memento mori. Three huge wax sculptures that burn as candles throughout the Biennale. The first is a representation of Fischer’s friend Rudolf Stingel, the second is a replication of Giovanni Bologna’s baroque marble sculpture “The Rape of the Sabine Women”; and the third is Fischer’s studio chair.
Christian Marclay’s The Clock was as brilliant as everyone has said. Truly amazing!
Finally here is a my movie walk through of some of the above at the Arsenale: