Karenina.it Speciale 50ma Biennale di Venezia - Background: Caterina Davinio, "FluxusTrilogy", 2002



·        Greek Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale

·        Portuguese Pavilion


·        Utopia Station Opening

·        Kurimanzutto

·        The Danish Pavilion

·        The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition






The Department of Visual Arts of The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece


Produced by: The Department of Visual Arts of The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece

Greek Pavilion Inauguration & Press Conference:
Saturday, 14 June, 2003 at 12:00 noon
Giardini Di Castello, Venice

Vernissage: 12, 13, and 14 June, 2003
On View: 15 June–2 November, 2003

Intron is an installation created by artist Athanasia Kyriakakos and architect Dimitris Rotsios for the Greek Pavilion at the 50TH Venice Biennale, on view 15 June through 2 November, 2003. The Commissioner of this year’s Pavilion is Marina Fokidis, an independent curator and art critic based in Athens, Greece. Kyriakakos and Rotsios’ installation will be related to the general theme for this year’s Biennale, Dreams and Conflicts.

Intron will transform the Greek Pavilion into a site-specific installation, measuring 120 square meters (360 square feet). Within the unique structure, visitors will encounter a complex arrangement of audio-visual recorded confessions and descriptions of dreams, which have been collected from individuals from a diverse range of linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. The recorded confessions will be projected onto a large structure constructed out of a special lightweight, cellular structure called Honeycomb–primarily used for aircraft manufacturing. Visitors will be encouraged to walk, sit, or even recline on the installation, providing an escape from the chaos of “outside” and a place to rest, reflect, and/or meditate.

Dimitris Rotsios has created the architectural structure that is defined by angular surfaces. Utilizing this unique Honeycomb material, Rotsios explores the range of possibilities that occur between a curve and a straight line, and the power of imagination and limitlessness of dreams.

Athanasia Kyriakakos’s video work expounds upon the Greek tradition of dream analysis and contemporary concerns surrounding multiculturalism. In a complex audio and visual arrangement constructed from video documentation of over 200 interviews, Kyriakakos invites the audience to relate to the personalities, viewpoints and descriptions of dreams collected from individuals representing a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

The Greek Pavilion representation has been made possible through the generous support of the Department of Visual Arts of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

Additional supporters of the Greek Pavilion include: HIGHLIGHTS Magazine, AEGEAN Airlines, BLUE STAR FERRIES, BOUTARI, and http://www.cultureguide.gr

For images and further information please visit:

or contact
Alexandros J. Stanas at info@oxymoron-art.com
Tel. +30 210 3217730, Mob. +30 6936697000
6 Evmorfopoulou St. , 10553 Athens, Greece

The Department of Visual Arts of The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece




Portuguese Pavilion and Interludes section

Pedro Cabrita Reis
absent names, 2003
Interludes - section at Giardini della Biennale, 50th Venice Biennale

Portuguese Pavilion at 50th Venice Biennale 2003
Commissioners: Vicente Todoli and João Fernandes
Producer: Ministry of Culture of Portugal
Location: Antichi Granai, Giudecca 8, stop: Zitelle – vaporetti 41, 42, 82

Pedro Cabrita Reis will be present with two prominent installations at the 50th Venice Bienniale. The two works are a condensate of the formal and conceptual essence of recent projects taken to a two-fold solution. Seen and thought together, the individual lan-guage of the pieces let Cabrita Reis’ dialectics of space and constructing become tangible form.

In the Portuguese Pavilion, the large piece
longer journeys fully occupies the nave of the ancient granary with a powerful tension while also proposing a subtle dialogue with the space of the Antichi Granai, located just across from San Marco on Giudecca (stop: Zitelle – vaporetti 41, 42, 82) and only 2 vaporetto stops away from the Giardini

For the
Interludes section of Dreams and Conflicts – The Dictator-ship of the Viewer, the Biennale's international exhibition curated by Francesco Bonami, Cabrita Reis produced a extraordinary and unsettling walk-in sculpture, a house titled absent names situated in the Giardini della Biennale, between the Austrian and Brazilian Pavilions.

„absent names could be understood as an intense and dramatic room for reflection, a place where one could be lost in a extreme interior darkness far beyond any light, may it exist either inside or outside of ourselves...
longer journeys is an in-between construction, a place where many different timelines meet, where one is always in the middle of some never ending journey, per-haps a labyrinth in a deserted ground where it is still possible to listen to a remote presence which is no longer there.” (statement by the artist)

A monograph on Pedro Cabrita Reis is being published by Hatje Cantz on the occasion of the 50th Venice Biennale, edited and with an essay by Michael Tarantino. Comprising 304 pages and 200 color illustrations, the book will also contain texts by José Miranda Justo and João Fernandes and a comprehensive interview with the artist by Adrian Searle.

longer journeys at the Portuguese Pavilion at the Antichi Granai, Giudecca 8
stop Zitelle, vaporetti 41, 42, 82
Official Opening & Press Reception on Friday, 13 June from 6:30 p.m.

absent names at Interludes-section of 50th Venice Biennale, Giardini della Biennale
For Press only: 12 June 2003, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vernissage: 12 June 2003, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., 13 and 14 June 2003, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Official Opening: 14 June 2003, 6 p.m., Palazzo Ducale

Pedro Cabrita Reis (*1956) lives and works in Lisbon and is one of Portugal’s most significant international artists who has exhibited widely on all continents since the 1980s. Recent solo shows include: “I dreamt your house was a line,” University Art Gallery, Dartmouth, Mass; “Serene Disturbance,” Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover; “A Place like that”, BALTIC, Gateshead; “A Balance of Light”, Galerie Markus Richter, Berlin; “The Silence Within”, Magasin 3, Stockholm; “Il silenzio in ascolto,” Galeria Civica de Arte Moderna, Torino; “Blind Cities #5,” Galeria Giorgio Persano, Torino; ”Da Luz e do Espaço”, Museu Serralves, Porto & Museum Mod-erner Kunst, Vienna and “Blind Cities #2,” Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw. He has participated in the Biennials of Sao Paulo, Gwangju and Venice and Documenta IX.

For interviews and further information please contact the International Press Office of the Portuguese Pavilion 2003, European Art Projects, Tel. +49-30-30 38 18 36, Fax +49-30-30 38 18 38,
From 7 - 16 June 2003: Tel.
+39-041 - 296 05 74, Fax +39 - 041 - 296 05 82

For more images please also view: http://www.pedrocabritareis.com



Utopia Station




 Image: Hans-Peter Feldmann

The Utopia Station at the 50th Venice Biennale will include, among many other things, nearly two hundred artists' posters. The posters are new works by a group of more than 160 artists from all corners of the world.

Among them:

Marina Abramovic, Carla Accardi, Acconci Studio, Franz Ackermann, Doug Aitken, Pawel Althamer, Amicale des Témoins, Anonymous, Arcagrup, Asymptote, Yuri Avvakumov, Zeigam Azizov/Stuart Hall, Anna Barbara / Cliostraat, Matthew Barney, Thomas Bayrle, Dara Birnbaum, John Bock, Iñaki Bonillas, Ingrid Book / Carina Hedén, Ecke Bonk, Louise Bourgeois, Angela Bulloch, Bureau d`Etudes, Yung Ho Chang, Verne Dawson, Tacita Dean, Luc Deleu, Jeremy Deller, Diller + Scofidio, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Leif Elggren / Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jan Fabre, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fend, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Yona Friedman, Yang Fudong, Isa Genzken, Matteo Ghidoni / Avanguardie Permanenti, Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Tomislav Gotovac, Rodney Graham, Joseph Grigely, Gruppo A12, Raymond Hains, Henrik Håkansson, Mathew Hale, Nikolaus Hirsch / Markus Weisbeck, Thomas Hirschhorn, Marine Hugonnier, Pierre Huyghe, Initiative Haubrich-Forum, Arata Isozaki, John M. Johansen, Isaac Julien, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Alexander Kluge, Július Koller, Rem Koolhaas, Harmony Korine, Gyula Kosice, Elke Krystufek, Bertrand Lavier, Simon Leung / Lincoln Tobier, Atelier van Lieshout, Loo Jia Wen / Wong Hoy Cheong, Enzo Mari, Bruce Mau Design / Institute without Boundaries, Steve Mc Queen, Jonas Mekas, Gustav Metzger, Ayumi Minemura / Are You Meaning Company, M/M / Phillipe Parreno, Jonathan Monk, Multiplicity-Border Device(s) Project, Deimantas Narkevicius, Carsten Nicolai, Henrik Olesen / Kirsten Pieroth, Olof Olsson, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Anatoli Osmolovski, Claude Parent, Oliver Payne / Nick Relph, Manfred Pernice, Elizabeth Peyton, Paola Pivi, Florian Pumhösl, Ma Qingyun, Radek, Raqs Media Collective, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, David Robbins, François Roche, Fernando Romero, Martha Rosler, Martha Rosler with FLEAS Collective, Ed Ruscha, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Anri Sala / Edi Rama, Tomas Saraceno, Markus Schinwald, Christoph Schlingensief, Carolee Schneemann, Allan Sekula, Thasnai Sethaseree, Shimabuku, Andreas Slominski, Patti Smith, Sean Snyder, Nancy Spero, Nedko Solakov, Yutaka Sone, Luc Steels, Superflex, Supermoderno, Javier Téllez, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel / Thea Djordjadze / Bettina Pousttchi, Uglycute, Agnès Varda, Anton Vidokle, Jacques Villeglé, Luca Vitone, Immanuel Wallerstein with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Eyal Weizman, Franz West, Steven Willats, Pae White, Cerith Wyn Evans, Carey Young, Zerynthia (Association for Contemporary Art), Andrea Zittel

Curators: Molly Nesbit, Hans Urlich Obrist, Rirkrit Tiravanija
Assistant curators: Ariane Beyn, Elena Filipovic, Liz Linden, Francesca Grassi, and Uwe Schwarzer
Assisted by Thomas Boutoux, Rachel Diggs, Eireann Harper, Yair Keshet, Doris Loesch, Takeki Maeda, Federico Nicolao, Prachaya Phinthong, Matt Price and Chris Reitz



Utopia Station: Venice

The Utopia Station at the 50th Venice Biennale opens next week, during the opening days the Station will host numerous performances and events, for a full program please look below:

for the opening days of the Venice Biennale

All events, unless otherwise specified, take place in the Utopia Station space and adjoining garden in the Venice Arsenale.


Daily ongoing performances:

Christoph Schlingensief, Church of Fear, a seven-day performance at the entrance of the Giardini (June 11-17th)

Shimabuku will fly kites

Anatoli Osmolowski, “To walk in dressing gown”

RAM (RadioArteMobile), Zerynthia in collaboration with Franz West, radio emissions with different guests will take place between June 12-14th

Architectural performance of Martha Rosler and her Oleanna group

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, "Spelling U-T-O-P-I-A" (June 11-15th)

Agnès Varda at the entrance of her cabane à patates (potato shack)

Karl Holmquist will act as the master of ceremonies for the performances on
the opening days of the Utopia Station. Each day the Station will open with a performance by him and a chorus (TBA)

TBA Eyal Weizman (in Venice from the 12-14th ) discussion around the issue of single state identity in Palestine today.

TBA Tomislav Gotovac evening performance.

thurs. June 12th-

PRESS DAY (10h-14h)

12h ongoing performances begin with Karl Holmqvist and Agnès Varda

13h Multiplicity,
The Road Map

14h Jonas Mekas Films (1st show):
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2003), 12 min.,
Song of Avignon (1966/2000), 10 mins.
Mysteries (1966/2002), 38 min. Music: Phil Glass.

15h Edouard Glissant will speak on "Utopia"

The Utopian City by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov a film by Thomas Kellein,
Christiane Heuwinkel and Jochen Kopp, 30 min.

17h Jonas Mekas Films (2nd show)

17h in the Archive of the Biennale the Utopia Station curators will take present
in the 99 days project

fri. June 13th

10h CCA Kitakyushu will present the
Bridge the Gap book

11h Wong Hoy Cheong performance

12h Ongoing performances begin with Karl Holmqvist and Agnès Varda

13h Panel discussion by Stefano Boeri, Yona Friedman, Rem Koolhaas, and Tamas Zanko.

14h Anri Sala and Edi Rama, screening of
Dammi i colori (2003) and discussion

15h Martha Rosler performance with the Oleanna group

16h Premiere of Lawrence Weiner's DVD
Sink or Swim

sat. June 14th

10h30 Love Difference Ufficio hosts a meeting of the commissioners and curators of the pavilions representing the countries bordering on the Mediterranean

12 Perche presents

12h30 Anatoli Osmolowski, reading

13h ongoing performances begin with Karl Holmqvist and Agnès Varda

14h Lucia Prandi, presented by Marco de Michelis and Angela Vettese

15h The View from Asia: panel discussion by Shimabuku, Yang Fudong, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Wong Hoy Cheong

16h30 John Bock performance







Gabriel Kuri

Please Please Please
per favore per favore per favore

50th Venice Biennale
at Giardini della Biennale

kurimanzutto is proud to announce Gabriel Kuri’s project for the Interludes section, curated by Francesco Bonami at the 50th Venice Biennale, Please Please Please per favore per favore per favore. A sculptural intervention to the urban fabric that will inevitably and actively involve people of all kinds in the process of its making.

Operating on an exchange and circulation system both parallel and overlapping with that of the Biennale itself, this project will spread its moment in time along the five months of the duration of the event.

Each unit bearing the distinctive print will be the carrier of a shape as proof of a transaction. The random sightings will describe a pattern of moving and fixed targets.

While having duration and formal randomness as two of its main constituents, the project invests its possibilities of being sighted in the large number of units that will appear in the outdoors successively every day, as well as in the vigorous trade carried out within Venice.



The Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2003

The Blind Pavilion
Olafur Eliasson

The Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2003
Giardini di Castello, Venice
June 15 – November 2 2003
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays (except June 16)

Info/press material: http://www.olafureliasson.net/press
Vernissage: June 12, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Preview: June 12 – 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Artist: Olafur Eliasson
Commissioner: Gitte Ørskou
Organisation: Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, Copenhagen

Catalogue: 192 pages richly illustrated.
Editor: Olafur Eliasson and Gitte Ørskou
Main author: Svend Åge Madsen

The 50th Venice Biennale will soon open its gates under the theme ’Dreams and Conflicts – The Dictatorship of the Viewer’. Denmark is represented by the internationally acclaimed artist, Olafur Eliasson. His exhibition, The Blind Pavilion, shows entirely new works created especially for this occasion.

The Blind Pavilion is conceived as a single-entity site specifically for The Danish Pavilion. Almost all the devices so far deployed by the artist are put to use: mirror reflections, glass kaleido-scopes, light works, running stair-cases, architectonic interventions, and camera obscura. The exhibition is shaped like a labyrinthine course that on various levels dissolve the boundaries be-tween work and viewer, inside and outside, art and science. For instance The antispective situation (image): By approaching the building via the outside ramp, the spectator enters a mirrored space made of thin steel plates connecting the inside with the outside.

Olafur Eliasson states:
”In order to increase the contact to the entire area – to the entire context of which the Danish Pavilion forms a part – I have also included the outside space of the pavilion by creating certain patterns of movement by way of ramps, stair-cases, and terraces. You could say that the ’skin’ of the building does not consist of some particular architectonic material, but of movement. My aim has not been to create resistance against the existing architecture. To me, it is much more crucial that the architecture represents an ideology and certain value systems, that all its static qualities are thoroughly cultural constructions."

As an important part of Olafur Eliasson’s overall visions regarding a total experience at the Venice Biennale, a book will be published which is a literary and visual parallel to the exhibition, rather than being a traditional catalogue – a visually and textually fascinating labyrinth.

Financial support:

Further financial support:
Kong Frederik og Dronning Ingrids Fond
KB Vin A/S, Copenhagen
Prinz Optics GmbH
Damstahl a/s


The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition


Karin Mamma Andersson
Kristina Bræin
Liisa Lounila

The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia – 50th International Art Exhibition
15 June – 2 November 2003
Preview 12-14 June 2003

Curators Anne Karin Jortveit and Andrea Kroksnes
Commissioner Ute Meta Bauer


The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition 2003,
Devil-may-care, curated by Anne Karin Jortveit and Andrea Kroksnes, presents the works of three diverse and complex artists. The title suggests an open-minded artistic approach that is daring, playful, and carefree.

Kristina Bræin’s spatial interventions straddle a fine line between painting and installation art. In an elegant way she formulates strong statements utilizing cheap building materials and everyday objects. Karin Mamma Andersson’s figurative paintings quote from the historical avant-garde in a non-hierarchic and fragmented manner. She reassembles this with less heroic materials like illustrations, photographs and private photographs, taking the viewer into scenarios where multiple meanings overlap. Liisa Lounila’s video work imitates a special effect from Hollywood action movies called «time-slice». The grainy imagery of her self-made cardboard pinhole camera is standing in a critical contrast to the glossy products of Hollywood’s culture industry.

Curatorial statement at http://www.oca.no

The exhibition will be accompanied by the catalogue
Devil-may-care including theoretical writings by Mieke Bal, Sonia Hedstrand, Anne Karin Jortveit, Siri Meyer, Toril Moi, Andrea Kroksnes, Irit Rogoff, and Leena-Maija Rossi. The catalogue is published by Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Hatje Cantz Pub

The CD compilation
Electric Leak - The North of it with experimental electronic music is released by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway on the occasion of the opening party of the Nordic Pavilion Exhibition.

The Nordic Pavilion – designed by the Modernist architect Sverre Fehn – has since 1962 been a collaboration between Finland, Norway and Sweden. The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition is organized and funded by the Nordic Committee:

Office for Contemporary Art Norway, director Ute Meta Bauer, commissioner 2003
Moderna Museet International Programme, director Mikael Adsenius
FRAME – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, director Marketta Seppälä

For images or further information please view http://www.oca.no or contact Jonas Ekeberg, head of communication, tel: +47 22933764, e-mail: je@oca.no