of the country
which does not exist
of a common future
Palazzo Dona, Campo San Polo 2177, Venice
opening 31.05.2013, 8 p.m., exhibition open: 01.06-30.09.2013, conference 01.06.2013, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Signum Foundation and Mediations Biennale Foundation presenting a common iniciative under the name Pavilion 0, pavilion of a country that, in the reality, does not exist. Therefore, it is a kind of artistic message telling about a common future and utopia that wits in the context of the biggest exhibition in the world – Biennale in Venice. The exposition includes works of the group of 26 international artists using different kind of media. It is presented in Palazzo Donà – the Venice headquaters of Signum Foundation.
During 55th edition of Biennale di Venezia will be presented a record amount of national pavilions, that was acompanied by numerous collateral events. Mutual interest and the need to expand the knowledge about the world is an essential element in the development of european culture and it certainly deserves appreciation. However, in the times dominated by easy informational flow and dissemination of access to knowledge in the farthest corners of the world, this model of exchanging ideas seems a bit anachronistic. This, the expansion of cognitive possibilities through artistic meand should be independend of scientific, economic or political mechanism that seem to perpetuate a common and irreversible vision of the world.
Art, with its unconventional ways of action and learning tools of the reality is naturally predistined to find seperate areas of experience. The nonverbal, deeply sensual language of communication at its disposal also inspires reflection of a different nature. Therefore, in all probability, a mission of the art is not limited to explaining the simple mechanisms of how world works but it goes much deeper to relationships relating to individual existence and human condition.
Prediction ot the future of our civilization and the fate of the earth in post analouge and post global cannot be based on applying only the already known mechanisms and using the experience of previous centuries. Art always awakens valuable sensitivity and makes us aware of the existence of parallel worlds, tells about the loss of old competences, domesticated virtual reality and about a man contemplating many threads in his life simultaneously.
Art possesses an extremely sensitive tool of revealing the incomprehensible – the image. The fact that we do not understand something does not mean that does not exist. It means that it is stronger than ever before. What we do not understand is more common than what we already know. The exhibition is an attempt to recreate the dialogue of the artists functioning above any divisions, who discover for the viewer the island of the utopia.
Pavilion 0 is the exhibition whose aim is not to spread any ideology of futuristic vision of events, but a proposal to enter into the maze of intuition and whispers about ever-changing future.
Artists whose works are presented on the exhibition: Andrzej Bednarczyk, Dorota Chilińska, Stephen Cornford, Clemens Fürtler, Guy Goldstein/Ariel Efron, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Nicolas Grospierre, Dieter Jung, Dariusz Kowalski, Takashi Kunitani, Robert Kuśmirowski, Ryota Kuwakubo, Sang Nam Lee, Daniel Lergon, Angelika Markul/Wojciech Puś, Michał Martychowiec, Renato Nicolodi, Yoko Ono, Maciej Rudzin, Saburo Teshigawara, José Ángel Toirac, Koen Vanmechelen, Andrzej Wasilewski, Li Xiaofei.
Curators of the exhibition: Grzegorz Musiał, Tomasz Wendland
On the first day of the exhibition, will be held a conference ‘A Vision of the Future – Postglobal Art’ devoted to the condition of the art and curatorial activities in post-global conditions. The panel discussions wias attended by an international group of art theorist, including: Kerimcan Güleryüz, Izabela Kowalczyk, Jarosław Lubiak, Shaheen Merali, Sławomir Sobczak, Harro Schmidt, Koen Vanmechelen, Tomasz Wendland, Małgorzata Wosińska.
During the opening of the exhibition, an artist of particularly noticeable international importance will be awarded. The glass lion statuette, made in the Berengo Studio on Murano, is a faithful copy of the lion in Palazzo Donà.
Palazzo Donà, Campo San Polo, Venice