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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations


21 April 2021
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The 59th Venice Biennale is about to start, which means Art Foundations are now more than ever organising exhibitions at the most important art event of the world!

Through this newsletter we have curated for you a snappy selection of exciting exhibitions, but, do have a look at the extensive listing available through our website.
Curators at Fondation Boghossian, ERES Foundation, Parasol Unit, Fondazione Prada and TBA21 have focussed their respective exhibitions around the artist’s relation with subjects on ecology and/or science, bringing the climate conversation once again at the center of the conversation.
Whether you go, now or later, or not, do enjoy this glimpse of Venice 2022 from the Art Foundations perspective.

Parasol unit

Parasol Unit is presenting ‘Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained’, a group exhibition of works by eleven international contemporary visual artists at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice.
The artists, Darren Almond, Oliver Beer, Rana Begum with Hyetal, Julian Charrière, David Claerbout, Bharti Kher, Arghavan Khosravi, Teresa Margolles, Si On, Martin Puryear, and Rayyane Tabet, all work in different media to address a wide range of issues dealing with a deep concern for our world and a preoccupation with a comparable phenomenon that in scientific terms is defined as “entropy,” which is the measure of disorder, randomness, and unpredictability within a system.

Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, 2019. 4K colour film, 16:10 minutes, continuous video loop. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Towards No Earthly Pole, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2020. © the artist; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany. Photo: Jens Ziehe.



Anish Kapoor Foundation


After a thorough restoration of this dilapidated 18th mansion, the Anish Kapoor Foundation is opening its doors at the Palazzo Priuli Manfrin, Fondamenta Venier, 342 (Cannareggio), Venice. The venue is a permanent place for exhibitions and workshops while at the same time greatly honouring Kapoor with a large exhibition as the first British artist to be given an exhibition in the famous Venice ‘Academia’ of Old Master paintings.

Querini Stampalia Foundation

This year the Querini Stampalia Foundation, Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, in Venice is hosting a major exhibition curated by the artist Danh Vo and Chiara Bertola, Curator of Contemporary Art Program at the museum and the Isamu Noguchi foundation). The exhibition poses a dialogue between Danh Vo’s practice and works by Park Seo-Bo (1931), credited as being the father of the ‘Dansaekhwa’ movement, and the American acclaimed sculptor, architect, designer and scenographer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).
Danh Vo, Untitled, 2020 © Danh Vo


  Palazzo Grassi – Pinault Collection

Open End‘ is the title of Marlene Dumas’ monographic exhibtion in Palazzo Grassi at San Samule 3231 in Venice, curated by Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with the South African artist. It brings together over 100 works and focuses on her whole pictorial production with a selection of paintings and drawings created between 1984 and today including unseen works made in the last few years.
Photo: ©Marco Cappelletti

 ERES Foundation

For the first time, the ERES Foundation (Munich, Germany) is present in Venice at the
Calle Stretta de Ca’ Sarasina, 1228 with an exhibition ‘Medusa Alga Laguna‘ of the conceptual Danish artist: Tue Greenfort. His approach to incorporating the ecological condition of an exhibition’s natural environment into this artwork interfaces with a core theme of the foundation: The scientific examination of climate change and species extinction. This makes Venice, with its lagoon as a sensitive ecosystem itself as well as a city particularly affected by climate change, the focus of the foundation’s contribution to the Biennale Arte 2022.


Discover The Art Foundations Present in Venice 2022:

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All our best wishes, Peter Deckers, Helena Stork – Co-Founders,
and the WAF team

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