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Incursions / La Biennale di Venezia - 53. International Art Exhibition / Overview

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - 53. INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
MAKING WORDS
June 7 - November 22, 2009

ROBERTO CUOGHI. MEI GUI
Palazzo delle Esposizioni

MICHAEL ELMGREEN & INGAR DRAGSET. THE COLLECTORS 
The Danish and Nordic Pavilions

The Nicola Trussardi Foundation continues to support the most original expressions of contemporary art today. For the 53rd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, the Foundation supported two new projects produced in collaboration with important international institutions.
As its contribution to the main group exhibition Making Worlds curated by Daniel Birnbaum in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (formerly the Padiglione Italia) within the Giardini, the Nicola Trussardi Foundation produced Roberto Cuoghi’s work Mei Gui. The young Italian artist constructed a sound installation in which Chinese music and background noise are recreated using his own voice. The work has been reconfigured for the historical site of Carlo Scarpa’s garden, used here for the first time within the International exhibition.

Mei Gui is a collage of cultures, and a cut and paste of stereotypes. Roberto Cuoghi imagines a fantasy Far East, a fictional China in which the original culture and its translation overlap with no apparent distinction. Cuoghi’s work short circuits the contemporary Western fascination for Chinese culture and its simultaneous fear of it.
The Nicola Trussardi Foundation has also supported the Danish and Nordic Pavilions, curated by artists Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Back in 2003, when the Foundation began its programme of nomadic activity in the city of Milan, it presented Short Cut, a work by the two Scandinavian artists representing a car and a caravan that emerged from beneath the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. For the Venice Biennale the duo created a visionary collection, transforming the two exhibition spaces within the Giardini into the home of an imaginary gay collector.
Between the classical Scandinavian design furniture and the intimate atmosphere of a private residence, the exhibition presents cult works, gay icons and barely-dressed young men, sitting on armchairs, waiting for the return of their lover.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in the form of a bag, a true artist edition. Produced with the support of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation, it brings together limited editions, books, notebooks, posters and even a salami, the irreverent contribution of artist Maurizio Cattelan.