Iceland at the Biennale di Venezia

For the Pavilion of Iceland at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2013, Katrín Sigurdardóttir has created a large-scale sculptural intervention titled Foundation for the Lavanderia—The Old Laundry at Palazzo Zenobio. The artist has constructed a floating platform covered by an ornate, baroque-inspired design, measuring approximately 90 square meters. The outline of the architectural structure takes its form from the footprint of a typical 18th century pavilion. It intersects both interior and exterior spaces of this auxiliary building in the garden of the Palace, with two sets of stairs for access by visitors. The project is born from a career-long exploration of distance and memory and their embodiments in architecture, urbanism, cartography, and landscape. Sigurdardóttir’s work often includes highly detailed renditions of places, both real and fictional, that incorporate an element of surprise. The piece will travel to the Reykjavík Art Museum and then to the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York. It will dialog with the architecture of each location, while maintaining its original footprint as well as the cut-out memory of the walls of the previous sites.

The Icelandic Pavilion will be open from 10am until 6pm every day except Monday between June 1st and September 30th and from 10am until 5pm until November 24th.

Venue: Palazzo Zenobio, Collegio Armeno Moorat – Raphael
Location: Dorsoduro 2596 – Fondamenta del Soccorso
30123 Venezia

Curators: Ilaria Bonacossa and Mary Ceruti

Commissioner: Dorothée Kirch for the Icelandic Art Center

Katrin Sigurdardóttir is represented by Eleven Rivington and Meessen De Clercq.

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The Icelandic Love Corporation will participate in the international exhibition Personal Structures as part of one of the Collateral Events at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013. The exhibition, initiated by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation, will bring together works by 78 invited international artists including Hermann Nitsch and Yoko Ono. Artworks exploring the themes of Time, Space and Existence will take over the rooms of the Palazzo Bembo, a palace built by the Bembo family during the 15th century.

The exhibition will seek to encourage viewers to increase their awareness of their surroundings and existence as human beings living at a certain time in a specific place. The Icelandic Love Corporation will delight audiences with The Third Dimension, a complex site-specific abstract installation made of coloured neon stockings that will fill a space, each hue symbolizing a different human emotion.

Personal Structures will be open from 10am until 6pm everyday except Tuesday between June 1st and November 24th 2103.

Venue: Palazzo Bembo (by Rialto bridge, on Canal Grande)

Location: Riva del Carbon, San Marco 4785 – 30124, Venice, Italy

Curators: Francesca Crudo, Sarah Gold, Carol Rolla & Valeria Romagnini


Ragnar Kjartansson will take part in New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni’s International Art Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) at the 55th Venice Biennale. A Wagnerian tableau of sorts, Kjartansson’s S.S. Hangover will sail between two landings in the canal in the Arsenale. The boat will be manned by a brass sextet continuously playing a piece by composer Kjartan Sveinsson that was created specifically for this kinetic sculpture.

The S.S. Hangover, a haphazard hybrid of Greek, Icelandic, and Venetian ship design, was originally a 1934 wooden fishing boat from Reykjavík. It has been transformed by the artist into a replica of a theatrical boat that appeared on dry land in a swanky party scene in the 1935 film, Do You Remember Last Night. Kjartansson’s contribution to The Encyclopedic Palace was conceived specifically for the Arsenale’s historical shipyard, Gaggiandre, where the Venetians impressively pushed afloat countless newly built ships, insuring the Venetian Empire’s rule in its golden years.


The S.S. Hangover will be in active motion daily for the entire duration of the Biennale. The hours of the performance are as follows:

During the Vernissage, 28 – 31 May: daily, 10am – 7pm.

1 June – 26 October: daily, 2 – 6pm.

After Sunday, 27 October (to compensate for the time change and shorter days): daily, 1– 5 pm.

Venue: The Gaggiandre in Arsenale

Location: Calle della Tana, 2169/S, 30122 Venezia





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