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Friday, 24 July 2009

venice: icelandic pavilion








for me, one of the highlights of this year's venice biennial was ragnar kjartansson's performance at the icelandic pavilion on the grand canal. he is basically spending six months, the entire duration of the biennial, painting his cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking, speedo-wearing male model in a rather swish setting, the ground floor of an old venetian palazzo. i asked him what they do in aqua alta, when the city is flooded: "well, it has already happened. we just take our shoes off." read more about his work here.

12 comments:

Ida Nielsen said...

Oh, I love this. So bohemian!! How do you find places like that?

Cabrizette said...

Magnifique ! A very special ambiance ! I like this light on your photos. Have a great sunday !

PS : We did'nt see all the exibitions in Arles, but we'll return in few weeks ! It was a little disappointing...

Yes I saw the little "cabane" into Malo's blog, and i found it very interesting.

Guusje said...

Love it, love it, love it!!!!!

B said...

Love it, so simple... like just taking your shoes off when needed, no drama!

MODsquad said...

Oh, this is so fantastic! Only in Venice, huh! Awesome photos!

malo said...

This is absolutely fantastic! I am totally hypnotized by your photos and the thought of this event. And art. What a great thing.

Kaylovesvintage said...

the still life photos are wonderful, my fav in the moment
so what are you reading in the moment??

kristina * said...

ida: i had read about that project and was curious. but i hadn't thought it would be quite so fabulous. i'm glad i went!

cabrizette: merci, i'm glad you like them. the light was just there though, i really can't take any credit for it ;-) did you see the willy ronis exhibition in arles? we also spent a long time at the parc des ateliers...

guusje: thank you, it really was fun to be there!

b: you are so right ... sometimes less is more ;-)

lisa: thanks so much - venice really is special!

malo: you are too kind. i can really recommend seeing the biennial, it was such an inspiration seeing so much art.

kay: dankjewel! at the moment i'm reading 'the girl with the dragon tattoo' (trinsch recommended it) and 'ein tag im jahr' by christa wolf. very different reads, i'm enjoying both!

april said...

dieser post inspiriert mich nun schon seit tagen. mir hätte diese performance auch total gut gefallen. werde mir in den ferien zeit nehmen, um mehr über ragnars kunst herauszufinden. tausend dank für die immer wieder-inspirationen. liebe grüsse*

isabelle said...

love your photos and hope to visit this place one day ...

lea said...

so interesting to see these photos! i have been to the venice biennial but nly once and that was the architecture one. thanks for the report!

bferry said...

these photos have blown me away. so, so great.

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