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la Biennale di Venezia
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The Venice Pavilion

The Venice Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition presents MARIVERTICALI by Fabrizio Plessi
Commissioner: Madile Gambier
Curator: Renzo Dubbini
Venue: Venice Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale
For the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (4 June to 27 November 2011), the Venice Pavilion presents video artist Fabrizio Plessi with MARIVERTICALI, a work executed for Louis Vuitton. Here Plessi proposes a new vision of his digital fleet, symbiotically arrayed inside the semi-circular structure of the Venice Pavilion, which Arzanà Navi and Louis Vuitton have recovered for the city of Venice after a thorough process of careful restoration. Plessi fills the spaces of the Pavilion with a grandiose concert of waters in continuous movement and transformation: six black steel vessels emerge from the darkness, while sounds, currents and waves from symbolic seas appear on the video screens on their hulls.
“Gigantic vertical black steel vessels emerge from the darkness and invade the whole space that receives them. The world’s oceans, each enclosed within its own dark hull, toss about thunderously at our feet, sounds that evoke surf and distant waves mingle and cross each other in the diaphanous spatiality of the surrounding environment. A grandiose, thrilling concert of water lives in perennial movement and continuous fluid transformation. The ancient wisdom of man and craftsmanship merge with the latest technology in a perfect symbiosis between present and future. Everything is ready for us to embark on these electronic Noah’s Arks that thrust towards the sky awaiting us, incredulous and bewildered digital aborigines of present-day life,” says Fabrizio Plessi.
Fabrizio Plessi (Reggio Emilia, 1940) is recognised as one of the greatest contemporary video artists. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, which became his adoptive city, he has always focused his attention on natural elements, bringing together, like a modern alchimist, archetypal materials and videos and the most recent technologies. His works have been shown in the most important museums in the world, and he has installed scenery for operas, concerts and ballets.
Plessi divides his time between Venice and Majorca.
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The artists selected for the main exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA
National Participations
Countries exhibited in their own pavilions at the 57th Intl. Art Exhibition
Collateral Events
Additional exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the 57th Biennale