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Go see – Venice: “Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens” at the Venice Biennale, through November 22, 2009

September 4th, 2009

Bruce Nauman Topological Gardens
The U.S. Pavilion at Venice Biennale bearing a neon piece by Bruce Nauman via Contemporary Art Daily

Currently representing the US at Venice Biennale are works by Bruce Nauman. Titled “Topological Gardens” the show breaks the physical boundaries of US Pavilion extending its presence to the outside of the exhibition space and occupying additional two sites in Venice.  The official US entry at the 53d Venice Biennale is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is comprised of Bruce Nauman’s works created over the course of past forty years. The three exhibition sites include: the United States Pavilion, Universita IUAV and the Universita Ca’ Foscari. The Venice Biennale will be conclude November 22, 2009.

Related Links:
Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens [Nauman in Venice]
Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens/ US Pavilion/ 53d Venice Biennale 2009 [Vernissage TV]
Bittersweet Cacophony [Artnet]
Bruce Nauman Chosen for Venice Biennale [The New York Times]
Bruce Nauman: The man who would not be king [Modern Painters via Sperone Westwater]
Official Awards of the 53d International Art Exhibition [La Biennale di Venezia]


Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens/ US Pavilion/ 53d Venice Biennale 2009 via Vernissage TV

More text and pictures after the jump…Bruce Nauman Topological Gardens Map Venice
Bruce Nauman, Topological Gardens Installation Map via Sperone Westwater

Bruce Nauman, one of the most important figures in American art, started his undergraduate career with a pursuit of knowledge in mathematics and physics. However, he had soon changed his concentration and chose to study art. After graduate school Nauman got a studio in San Francisco and created his ironic then and iconic now neon sign “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths”. It is now housed in the permanent collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art and is on view at the 53d Venice Biennale.

Coffee Spilled and Balloon Dog Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman, Coffee Spilled and Balloon Dog (Video still) via Nauman in Venice

Interested in philosophy, literature, and spacial boundaries, Nauman creates pieces that transcend the conventional limitations of medium, working with sculpture, video installations, sound installations, and rewriting the exhibition space he works with. In the case of “Topological Gardens” he turns Venice, both in its geographical and cultural manifestations, into a canvas of his show by manipulating the viewers movement across the city and exploiting both the public and private spaces made available to him.  Hence, curatorial medium becomes an important part of his art.  In 1966 Nauman received critical attention when he  had created videos of himself walking around his studio and altering his bodily movement- a direct link to the manner in which he now alters the trajectories of viewers’ path.

Five Pink Heads in the Corner Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman, Five Pink Heads in the Corner via Nauman in Venice

Eating Boogers Bruce Nauman Version II
Bruce Nauman, Eating Boogers (Version II) via Nauman in Venice

Bruce Nauman Topological Gardens
An installation view of Bruce Nauman’s work at the 53d Venice Biennale via Nauman in Venice

The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign) Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths via Nauman in Venice
Pink and Yellow Light Corridor Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman, Pink and Yellow Light Corridor (Variable Lights) on view at Universita IUAV via Nauman in Venice
Think Bruce Nauman Topological Gardens
Bruce Nauman, Think on view at Universita IUAV

Smoke Rings (Model for Underground Tunnels)
Bruce Nauman, Smoke Rings (Model for Underground Tunnels) on view at Ca’ Foscari at Venice via Nauman in Venice

Untitled (Hand Circle)
Bruce Nauman, Untitled (Hand Circle) at Ca’ Foscari via Nauman in Venice

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