ARTINFO's Venice Biennale Event Map: June 2

ARTINFO's Venice Biennale Event Map: June 2

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Press Preview at the Nordic Pavilion
Giardini, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1127
11 am-1 pm
For the next three biennales, the countries that share the Nordic Pavilion — Sweden, Finland, and Norway — will instead take turns staging solo exhibitions. This year, Sweden features an show of the work of artists Fia Backstrom and Andreas Eriksson. Of the exhibition, curator Magnus af Petersens, head of exhibitions and collections at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, says, "These two distinct projects are not to be regarded as a group show in which the works comment on each other. Yet, if we look for correspondences, we could say that both projects engage in different ways directly with the context."

Leo Bersani's "Illegitimacy"
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco, 2842
11 am
Literary theorist and professor emeritus of French at Berkeley Leo Bersani specializes in literature, psychoanalysis, and the visual arts. As if that wasn't enough, Bersani will somehow explain what Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Genet, and Todd Haynes's film "Safe" have to do with societal oppression through "naming." The lecture is part of the Norway-curated "State of Things" lecture series.


Preview at the Irish Pavilion
Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701, Calle della Pietà
1-4 pm
Commissioner Emily-Jane Kirwan (also a director at Pace Gallery) and curator Eamonn Maxwell present the work of artist Corban Walker. The artist's work investigates his interaction with architecture and the constructed environment. The Irish Pavilion will feature three site-specific works that engage with transparency and scale. It opens with the Biennale to the general public on June 3.

Opening of the Mexican Pavilion "Red Square Impossible Pink"
Palazzo Rota Ivancich, Castelo, 4421
5 pm
Though born in England, artist Melanie Smith has lived and worked in Mexico City for the past 20 years. Her exhibition for the Mexican Pavilion explores "Suprematism," "geo-esthetical emplacements," and "heterotopias" in Latin America via her recent video, painting, and installation works. 


Inauguration of the Austrian Pavilion
Giardini, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1127
5 pm
Artist Markus Schinwald divides the interior space of the Austrian Pavilion into claustrophobic vertical axes that apparently when navigated will turn the viewer into performer and also remind him or her of being psychoanalyzed. The effect is something he calls "the mind in neurosis, the crotch in psychosis." Sounds painful. 

Reception for "TRA: The Edge of Becoming"
Palazzo Fortuny, Campo San Beneto
5-9 pm
Wondering what "TRA" means? Well, it is "art" spelled backwards, it is a preposition that means "inside," and it is a suffix included in many sanksrit words such as mantra. These three things have about as much in common as the work of Marina Abramovic, Fernand Léger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, yet these artists and 10 others will have their work in the Palazzo Fortuny in an exhibition that aims to help the viewer "see the world through art." The exhibition opens officially to the public on the 4th.

Reception for Christian Boltanksi's French Pavilion
Giardini, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1127
6 pm
VIPs will stream to Giardini to get a sneak peek at what somber artist Christian Boltanski has cooked up with this exhibition/art giveaway/slot machine game, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser (or crowd-puzzler?). Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, honorary director of the Musée Pompidou, the show incorporates the faces of Polish newborns and elderly Swiss, cut into three sections that are projected onto a screen and rapidly mixed. If the player manages to land on a whole face, he or she gets to take the work home.

Opening Reception of "Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind"
Palazzo Bollani, Castello, 3647
6-9 pm
Anton Ginzburg's "three-part journey" to Oregon, St. Petersburg, and Soviet Gulag prison camps on the White Sea resulted in four rooms of sculptural installations, bas reliefs, photography, paintings, a video installation, and works on paper. Pieces include a five-meter-in-diameter circle made of ash, fragments of 40,000 year-old mammoth tusks, and a bronze-eyed owl. Whoa.

Party for Anton Ginzburg Thrown by Louise Blouin, Grandlife Hotels, and Whitewall
Palazzo Pisani Moretta, San Polo 2766
9 pm
This party in celebration of Anton Ginzburg, promises to be one of the more extravagant parties of the Biennale opening week. The Palazzo Pisani is infamous for being the site of lavish parties, the most notable of which is the annual Il Ballo del Doge — the most exclusive party of the Venetian Carnival. Entertainment will be provided by New York based DJ Mandy Brooks of 2MandyDJs, artist/director/DJ Meredith Danluck, and a very special mystery guest performer.

Austrian Pavilion Party
Paul Divjak Lounge, Antichi Granai, Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca, 10
9 pm
It's invitation only to this party hosted by Dr. Claudia Schmied, Austrian federal minister for education, arts and culture, and commissioner Eva Schlegel, at the luxury Hotel Cipriani to celebrate the opening of the Austrian Pavilion. Entertainment will be provided by Austrian electronic musician Franz Pomassl (check out his radical rhythms, here).

Hugo Boss Party in Honor of U.S. Pavilion
Palazzo Zen ai Frari, S. Polo 2580
9 pm
The German fashion house Hugo Boss is again the best patron of U.S. art on the national stage, sponsoring the official pavilion in Venice. Party, drinks, and — because Boss spares no expense — a buffet are promised for this exclusive affair in honor of the partnership.

Party for "Commercial Break"
The Bauer Hotel, Campo San Moisè, 1459
10 pm
The end of the night is likely to be ruled by Russian art empress Dasha Zhukova, 20 Hoxton Square owner Alex Dellal, and curator Neville Wakefield, who host this celebration for the floating digital art extravaganza "Commercial Break." While the initiative's most famous star, Lindsay Lohan, won't be able to make it (she's still under house arrest), this event promises to draw collectors and celebrities alike to the terrace of the Bauer Hotel.

Giardini & Arsenale
Preview: June 1-3, 10 am-6 pm
The center of the action for many of the art lovers assembled for the preview weekend, the Bice Curiger-curated "IllumiNATIONS" brings together some 82 international artists, spread out across the Arsenale's long and sweeping spaces and the International Pavilion in the Giardini. Curiger promises a grand statement about the enduring power of the Enlightenment grounded in the works of Venetian master Tintoretto, and the successes and failures of her show will be the week's central narrative.