A selection of projects we have been working on in the last few years
HyperPavilion is a large-scale contemporary art exhibition situated on the northern side of the Arsenale of Venice in three historic warehouses, adding up to 3000m2, set up during the 57th Venice Art Biennale in 2017. HyperPavilion seeks to explore the ways in which the digital and physical worlds have merged to create an entangled hybrid reality that encompasses us globally. It is produced by Fabulous Inc (Creative Contents Production Company based in South Korea), and curated by Philippe Riss-Schmidt.
The artists involved were: Aram Bartholl, Vincent Broquaire, Claude Closky, Frederik De Wilde, Labnt2, Lawrence Lek, Claire Malrieux, Théo Massoulier, Julien Prévieux, Paul Souviron and Theo Triantafyllidis.
Studio la Città, The End of Utopia, Palazzo Flangini, Venice 2017
Studio la Città, the contemporary art gallery inaugurated in Verona in 1969 by Hélène de Franchis, chose Lightbox to launch its exhibition during the 57th Venice Art Biennale.
Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas were asked by the gallery to reflect on “The End of Utopia.” This investigation into a reality in continuous transformation, which has never been so tenuous, doesn’t just offer us a singular truth, but many points of view, in which the apparent order hides the restlessness and distortion of the present Anthropocene era.
The artists turned the seventeenth-century spaces of Palazzo Flangini into complex, site-specific, immersive installations that alter the perception of the space.
Beverly Barkat, Evocative Surfaces, Palazzo Grimani, Venice 2017
“Evocative Surfaces” is an installation of large-scale paintings by the artist Beverly Barkat. It features a site-specific series of 12 monumental paintings on semi-transparent PVC sheets, hung from the wooden beams and produced especially for the spaces of Palazzo Grimani, an outstanding building dating back to the High Renaissance in Venice. Outset Contemporary Art Fund supports this exhibition.
Bel-Air Fine Art Venice, Revolution, Bel-Air Art Pop-Up Gallery, Venice 2017
On the occasion of the opening of its pop-up gallery, which will be just in front of the Guggenheim Museum, Bel-Air Fine Art Venice presented a show by the renowned photographer Gerard Rancinan & the writer Caroline Gaudriault titled “Revolution”.
One of Rancinan’s most iconic photo – printed on a monumental canvas of 9 x 15 metres – was revealed in a public performance in the heart of Venice. “Radeau” is a contemporary vision of the famous “The Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault, to raise awareness on the topic of immigration.
The HyperPavilion, a large scale contemporary art exhibition opened during the 57th Venice Art Biennale, was first presented in Hong Kong in March 2017 during the Art Basel Hong Kong art week.
Lightbox organized the press lunch at Duddell’s presenting the curator,Philippe Riss-Schmidt, the participating artists (Aram Bartholl, Vincent Broquaire, Claude Closky, Frederik De Wilde, Labnt2, Lawrence Lek, Claire Malrieux, Théo Massoulier, Julien Prévieux, Paul Souviron and Theo Triantafyllidis) and the main producer of the HyperPavilion, the Fabulous company based in Seoul, South Korea.
Official Collateral Event of the 56. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Sant’Antonin Church
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, La Fabrique Barbot et Fournier, France and the Triumph Gallery presented a solo exhibition of the Recycle Group (Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov).The site-specific installation Conversion was staged at the church Sant’Antonin, founded in the VII century.
The show included sculptures and bas-reliefs, in which figures of ‘Neo-Apostles’ appear as the bearers of a new sacred knowledge manifested in the stream of virtual information.
Official Collateral Event of the 56. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
The 2015 project by AES+F, “Inverso Mundus” is a multichannel video installation, featuring absurd scenes from the historical carnival appearing as episodes of contemporary life. Characters are acting out scenes of absurd social utopias, changing their masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves.
The exhibition had 2 main venues: at the Magazzini del Sale (the main one) and Palazzo Nani Mocenigo.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Arsenale Nord.
For her presentation as a Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, Shirazeh Houshiary presented Breath: a four channel video that was originally conceived in 2003, in a remastered version and as part of a unique, site-specific installation. In Breath (2013), the evocative chants of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic prayers emanate from four video screens. The location for Houshiary’s dramatic rendering of Breath is Torre di Porta Nuova, a tower built during the restoration of the Arsenale that took place between 1809 and 1814.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord, Venice
Love Me, Love Me Not is an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours, featuring recent work by 17 artists from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia. Produced and supported by YARAT, a not-for-profit contemporary art organisation based in Baku, and curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, the exhibition was open to the public from June until the end of November 2013 at Tesa n. 100, Arsenale Nord, at La Biennale di Venezia – 55th International Art Exhibition.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Spazio Lightbox
The exhibition, presented by Chung Hyung-Min, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, and curated by Chu-young Lee, brought together on a truly fantastic journey the most significant contemporary Korean artists, who reinterpret and transform the evocative, period room of Spazio Lightbox into a dream scenery. The works on display covers different media and include installations, sculptures, videos, paintings and photos realized by 16 artists.
Official Collateral Event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Magazzini del Sale, Zattere
Curated by London-based art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh. Produced by Edge of Arabia.
Many of the artists are creating new works specifically for the exhibition. A special structure was especially designed and built within the exhibition by The Amen Art Foundation, a new Riyadh based platform set up by Edge of Arabia co-founder, Abdulnasser Gharem. This platform has stage several art works and projects which function as an extended metaphor for non-linear identities and generational collaborations which Rhizoma promotes.
Official Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Falier, San Marco
a remote whisper is an extraordinary piece by world renowned Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, specifically produced for the occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The artist installs in the 700 sqm piano nobile of Palazzo Falier a monumental work that occupies the walls and floors of the exhibition site, inviting the viewer to engage in a path of random trajectories through the space, thus building an intricate perception of the piece. The exhibition, curated by Sabrina van der Ley, Director for Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, displays a semi-precarious, hand-made, construction that combines aluminum, glass, and fluorescent fixtures, drawings, paintings, and photos.
Official Collateral Event of the 54. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia at Magazzini del Sale, Zattere
The Future of a Promise is the largest Pan-Arab show of contemporary art at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. From Tunisia all the way to Saudi Arabia, this landmark exhibition brings together more than twenty-five recent works by some of the foremost artists from the Arab world. Presenting important works that range from installation, performance and photography, to video, sculpture and painting.
The exhibition is curated by Lina Lazaar, produced by Edge of Arabia and supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives and Abraaj Capital, three newly partnered organisations whose commitment to contemporary art practice in the Middle East is at the heart of a current artistic renaissance in the region.
The Dalì Universe, The Diocesan Museum of St. Apollonia, 2011
The Dalì Universe was an exhibition dedicated to Salvador Dalì with more than 100 works of the Master of the Surrealism. Visitor will have the opportunity to admire little known collections, such as bronze sculptures, illustrations on the main themes of literature, glass objects and the golden series. Organized by the President of the Ambrosiana Foundation Beniamino Levi, one of the people who closely knew Salvador Dalì’s works.
Edge of Arabia, Saudi Artist Exhibition, Palazzo Polignac, Venice 2009
For the first time Saudi Artists presented their work during the 53th International Art Exhibition. In 2009 a new generation of Saudi Artists shed light on the largely unknown contemporary art culture of Saudi Arabia. Edge Of Arabia in Venice features the work of 10 Saudi contemporary artists, male and female. Their work explored the complex and diverse reality of 21st century life in Saudi Arabia, combining installation, performance and a variety of other media with a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic practice – one artist is a GP, another an army Major. In its outlook and range the work is as much personal or domestic as it is geopolitical.