The exhibition of the representation of Portugal at the Venice Biennale of Art 2019 has its pre-inauguration at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin in Venice, Italy, where it will compete with projects from 90 countries.
The artist defined the exhibition as “a second skin” created in that historic palace, where dialogues between her work and the city were born.
At the end of the exhibition project to be inaugurated today, the artist said she was “very satisfied” with the assembly of her work, which will compete for the Golden Lion of the Biennial, one of the most important international contemporary art exhibitions. public scheduled for Saturday.
“This exhibition is important because I have discovered new things in my work, I have learned new things,” said the artist, questioned about the personal value in the artistic career of the presence at the Venice Biennale.
“I do not see things in these terms, I’ve already shown my work here before, and what interests me is if I can do what I want,” said the 47-year-old creator, chosen by curator João Ribas to create a representation project official Portuguese official at the 58th Venice Art Biennial.
‘Seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot’, the project has a pre-opening scheduled for today, opening the biennial to the Saturday, extending until November 24.
The project of Leonor Antunes is the result of a research that has been carried out for some years in previous exhibitions in Milan and Venice on the work of important figures in the context of the architecture of Venice, namely Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg and, more recently, the architects Savina Masieri and Egle Trincanato.
On Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, where she is making the intervention, the artist described it as “a difficult space to work because, being a historical heritage, it is not possible to touch the walls or the floor of the building, and the project is totally ‘site-specific’ [design for this space, in itself] “.
The sculpture works, which will be presented inside three rooms of the building, were made in carpentry workshops in metal, cork, leather, and glass in Venice, Berlin and Lisbon.
The 58th International Art Exhibition opens on Saturday and runs until November 24 this year, in Italy, curated by the British Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, and will have the theme “Interesting Times”.