Open XI - International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

Venice Lido - Island Of San Servolo, Venice Italy (PressExposure) July 23, 2008 -- Press conference 27 August 2008 at 2.00 p.m. / Hotel Des Bains Light cocktail 27 August 2008 at 4.00 p.m. / Blue Moon Inauguration cocktail 27 August 2008 at 7.00 p.m. / Island of San Servolo Open to the public 28 August - 28 September 2008, every day, entry free of charge Location Open-air spaces at Venice Lido: Piazzale and Gran Viale S. M. Elisabetta, Via Lepanto, Tempio Votivo, Lungomare G. Marconi, Park / Hall Hotel Des Bains, Blue Moon, Terrace / Hall Hotel The Westin Excelsior Island of San Servolo

Synergies and creativeness. Artistic intuition and contamination. The eleventh edition of OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, returns from 27 August to 28 September 2008 with an artistic panorama filled with suggestions, unprecedented expressive developments and new forms of collaboration. More than forty works including sculptures, painting and environmental installations with video and sound effects await the spectator in a whirlwind of sensations ranging from irony to disgust, from provocation to commotion, from refinement to excess. A journey through the contradictory world of contemporary art, where the multiplicity of languages, from digital to the most traditional painting tradition, is expressed with a game of harmonies and counterpoint in an open-air circuit that embraces space, the work and the onlooker. These are the three vital elements that are charged with meaning, interacting with one another in the splendid setting of Venice Lido decked out in festive attire for the Film Festival and, for the first time, on the Island of San Servolo: a fascinating place both for its history and for the transformation it has undergone after restoration by the Province of Venice, which has given it new splendour in order to create a platform dedicated to training, to research and to dialogue among different cultures.

The exhibition, conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa and held in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Venice City Council, can rely on the expert intervention of curators such as Chang Tsong-zung, Enrico Pedrini, Nevia Pizzul Capello and on the new and profitable collaboration with Anna Caterina Bellati who has laid out an itinerary amply based on Italian production aimed at reawakening the sensitivity, style and original creative strength of this national scene of expression which has been long underestimated. OPEN is also held under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of the Cultural Heritage, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the Province of Venice and Venice City Council, together with the Embassies of the countries taking part.

The itinerary of the exhibition presents the works of forty-three artists from all over the world, creating a geographical thought; not only an ethnic and political concept, but above all an idea. A cue for talking about travels and crossings, strength and power. A breathing space, to cross the threshold of unexpected social and artistic relationships. From China to France, from Italy to the United States, each participant in the exhibition undertakes to represent and play the role of exponent of his home country. The OPEN formula has been crowned with success, presenting over the years more than three hundred artists from seventy countries, and for this reason it has also been awarded the Silver Plate of the President of the Republic.

Its ultimate aim is to give new proof of sensitivity, a univocal vision that reflects what is happening in the world. In this way the works on show become an emblem of so many places and areas that we encounter every day.

OPEN is constructed like a flowing, open path, on which the works are not stopping places but alternative paths to be followed with our eyes. Nearly all made specially for this occasion, the sculptures, videos, installations, paintings and sound creations are spaces for reflection in which art renews its role of reaching towards the indefinite, escaping the form and the limits imposed by meaning. Likewise the environmental project organised by Gloria Vallese - who has been an active promoter of young contemporary art at OPEN for two years - is realised by seven artists from the C.R.E.A.M. group which makes its debut here, engaged in rereading the history of the Island of San Servolo, which until the eighteenth century was a place of madness and alienation.

This is therefore an event in which the works are not merely "interventions in the open air" but opportunities for dialogue. Intercultural exchanges, surprises, imagination. Ironic and irreverent artists who illustrate our days through all art forms. From the monolithic bust in cement and cast iron by the famous British artist Marc Quinn depicting the controversial "Darth Vader" from Star Wars to the autobiographic "Red Boys" by the Asian jongleur Chen WenLing. See also the propitiatory golden bull by Christian Balzano, the imposing figurative sculpture by Cyrille André, the hyper-realistic creations by Carole A. Feuerman, the skill of Oliviero Rainaldi and the strength of matter of Mauro Benatti. The visitor need only come across them by chance to be pleasantly led astray.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Bellati Editore, containing comments by critics, presentations by the authorities and the list of the works on show. Available from the Arte Communications lnfopoint at Lido in Piazzale Bucintoro and in Venice in Riva San Biagio, Castello 2145.

Venice Lido CHINA / Chen WenLing, Huang Zhiyang, Jiao Xingtao, Li Hui, Liu Yonggang, Zhao Guanghui CYPRUS / Klitsa Antoniou FINLAND / Marianna Uutinen FRANCE / André, Cyrille André, Tamara Landau, Jean-Pierre Landau and Bruno Contensou, Pierre Poggi GERMANY / Rolf Bienentreu, Paul Elsner JAPAN / Tsuchida Yasuhiko GREAT BRITAIN / Marc Quinn ITALY / Christian Balzano, Mauro Benatti, Damiano Casalini, Leonardo Chionna, Domenico Di Genni, Paola Giordano, Mya Lurgo, Vincenzo Musardo, Mario Paschetta, Oliviero Rainaldi, Tobia Ravà, Giulio Serafini, Pier Toffoletti NETHERLANDS / Hans Holtkamp and Peter Ter Maten SPAIN / Angel Orensanz USA / Carole A. Feuerman

Island of San Servolo C.R.E.A.M.: Giacomo Roccon, Barbara Taboni, Cristina Treppo, Giuseppe Vigolo, Dania Zanotto (ITALY) Martin-Emilian Balint (ROMANIA) NebojÅ¡a Despotović (SERBIA) USA China Blue

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