Julian Charriere

Venice Diaries: ‘Arsenale’ – My Favourite Piece, by Rhian Sullivan

As well as being part of the Wales in Venice Invigilation Plus team at the Wales Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Rhian has been very busy visiting the Biennale shows and the many other museums and galleries the city has to offer. Here are some of her highlights so far:-

The pieces in the Arsenale, one of the main Biennale venues, that I got really excited about, and found myself actively seeking information about, were those where there was an ambiguity to the material – pieces such as ‘Future Fossil Spaces’ (2017) by Julian Charriere. These towers, at a distance, were reminiscent of rock with their lines of colour looking like sediment layers.

Julian Charriere

Julian’s work centres around unreliable/inconsistent techniques resulting in performance pieces, installation, film or photography. The ideas that progressed around this work consider the landscapes we see now coupled with the idea of how we might find them in the future; would they be considered natural formations that had been cultivated by humans or would they be viewed as entirely man made or as natural occurrences.

I am totally on the bandwagon and recommending everyone visits the Palazzo Fortuny. Entry costs 10/12 euros depending on whether you’re a student or not.

This was a recommendation that all of us invigilators have taken note of. However, it has set the bar pretty high for the rest of my stay as I did it on my first day off at the beginning of my month in Venice.

It was a constant juxtaposition, particularly on the first floor of the Palazzo. Contemporary rooms and pieces sit right next old statues or are interwoven to sit in traditional rooms as though they have always belonged there.

The other floors are quite open and far more gallery-like. They have work spanning movements and styles flowing together. There are also large sofas on the upper floors with copies of the current show’s catalogue, Intuition, available to read. The exhibition will explore how intuition has, in some form, shaped art across geographies, cultures and generations and includes work by Anish Kapoor and Kimsooja.

The long running video works had some of the comfiest chairs I’ve ever seen on offer for video pieces…. just thought I’d throw that in there.

Images:- Anish Kapoor – ‘White Dark VIII’ 2000 / Kimsooja – ‘Archive of Mind’ 2017

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