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Venice mixes esotericism and avant-garde

Contemporary Art | The curator of the 55th Venice Biennial, Massimiliano Gioni sees Palazzo Enciclopedico as a journey through the human soul; a long passage unwinding in the deepest recesses of the imagination, mixing avant-garde with esotericism. In developing open networks, this new-generation curator is breaking down barriers between « insiders » and « outsiders » in the history of western modernity. Marginal artists (Mauro Aurenti) and self-taught Outsider Art artists (Arturo Rosario Bispo) sit indiscriminately alongside renowned avant-garde artists through history, artists recognised on the international market and young generation artists (Camille Henrot, Silver Lion), under the watchful gaze of Carl Gustav Jung, Rudolph Steiner and André Breton who underpin the collection. Gioni takes an unconventional approach, overturning western historical benchmarks. He moves back to basics and away from modernity, towards an all-encompassing approach and a desire to engrave the numerous forms of artistic identity into the tide of human history.

Camille Henrot, ’’Grosse fatigue’’, 2013, Vidéo installation © Camille Henrot / Production : Kamel Menour
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Camille Henrot, ’’Grosse fatigue’’, 2013, Vidéo installation
© Camille Henrot / Production : Kamel Menour

Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 04/06/2013
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Camille Henrot, ’’Grosse fatigue’’, 2013, Vidéo installation © Camille Henrot / Production : Kamel Menour Aleister Crowlay et Frieda Harris, Thoth Tarot, Atu XII, 1938/40 © Ordo Templi Orientis Carl Gustav Jung,The Red Book [page 655], 1915-1959 © © 2009 Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung, Zürich. Charles Ray,Fall '91, 1992', Mixed media, 244 x 66 x 91 cm © Private collection

Camille Henrot, ’’Grosse fatigue’’, 2013, Vidéo installation
© Camille Henrot / Production : Kamel Menour

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