AO On Site at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011: Preview (with photoset) of Francois Pinault Foundation’s “The World Belongs to You” at Palazzo Grassi, through December 31, 2011

June 1st, 2011

All photos by Caroline Claisse.

Currently on view at the Punta della Dogana, housed in the magnificent Palazzo Grassi, is “The World Belongs to You.” Curated by Caroline Bourgeois, the exhibition brings together artists from different generations, geographical locations, and practices to explore history and current realities.

The Punta della Dogana became the official exhibition space of Francois Pinault‘s private collection in 2006, when he purchased the building from the city of Venice. It now houses works from internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Urs FischerMaurizio Cattelan, and Takashi Murakami.

Urs Fischer’s violet piano at Punta della Dogana.

More text and images after the jump…

Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog, 1994-2006.

According to the show’s curator, “the exhibition revolves around major themes of contemporary history: from the breakdown of symbols, to the temptation of self-withdrawal and isolation, the attraction of violence and spirituality in a troubled and globalised world.” It runs in parallel with the Venice Biennale 2011.

Other artists included in the exhibition are: Ahmed Alsoudani, Yto Barrada, Alighiero Boetti, Sergey Bratkov, Frederic Bruly Bouabre, David Claerbout, Matthew Day Jackson, Marlene Dumas, El Anatsui, Cyprien Gaillard, Adrian Ghenie, Loris Greaud, David Hammons, Nicholas Hlobo, Thomas Houseago, Huang Yong Ping, Friedrich Kunath, Louise Lawler, Boris Mikhailow, Farhard Moshiri, Giuseppe Penone, Philippe Perrot, Sigmar Pole, Charles Ray, Thomas Scutte, Rudolf Stingel, Lee Ufan, Joana Vasconelos, Ger van Elk, Francesco Vezzoli, Jonathan Wateridge, Sislej Xhafa, Sun Yuan & PEng Yu, Yang Jiechang, Zhang Huan, and Zeng Fanzhi.

View of the indoor courtyard at the Palazzo Grassi.

Zhang Huan, Mao Portrait, 2008.

Charles Ray, Two Boys, 2009.

Charles Ray, Family Romance, 1993.

Maurizio Cattelan, We, 2010.

Yto Barrada, Palm Sign, 2010.

Philippe Perrot, la cérémonie, 2004.

Loris Gréaud, Gunpowder Forest Bubble, 2008.

Friedrich Kunath, The past is a foreign country, 2011.

Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled, 2010.

Sergey Bratkov Zakhar, from the “Kids” series, 2000.

Alighiero Boetti, Autoritratto (Mi fume il cervello), 1993-1994.

Farhad Moshiri, Life is beautiful, 2009.

Cyprien Gaillard, Pruitt-Igoe Falls, 2009.

Urs Fischer.

Ger van Elk, Hanging Wall, 1968.

– J. Lindblad

Related Links

Exhibition Site [Palazzo Grassi]
Travel Tip: The World Belongs to You [Culture Kiosque]
Beyond the City Limits [Financial Times]