Andreas’ Top Five Artists : La Biennale di Venezia

Just back from a last-minute visit to the Venice Biennale, this is a list of my five favorite artists in no particular order.

From the 56th International Art Exhibition – All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor:

Samson KAMBALU, b. 1975 Malawi, lives and works in London

Play Will Save the World© Samson Kambalu, The Last Judgement, 2015 (installation view).Image from of Another Africa
An artist previously unknown to me that I find very compelling. With playfulness and humor in his artwork he conveys a contagious desire for creativity.

Adrian PIPER, b. 1948 United States, lives and works in BerlinEverything#21'

© Adrian Piper, Everything #21′, 2010-2013 (installation detail view). Image from of Another Africa
So pervasive and so incredibly beautiful with the accuracy of a natural aesthetic.

Adel Abdessemed, b. 1971 Algeria, lives and works in London

Nympheas, image by Regine Geibel
The main entrance of the Arsenale is shared by Bruce Neuman and Adel Abdessemed’s. Bruce Neuman is a long-time favorite of mine, but before now I had not seen Abdessemeds work live. The room consists of a number of Neuman’s neon signs on the walls and the installation of a large number of machetes in various configurations on the floor by Abdessemed. A very powerful experience.

Christian Boltanski, b. 1944 France, lives and works in Paris

Photo by Contemporary Art Daily
A video with a person sitting on the floor and in an endless loop vomit.
What can I say, it’s just a good piece of work.


From the 89 National Participations exhibiting in the historical Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice:

VENEZUELA, Argelia Bravo, Félix Molina (Flix)

Te doy mi palabra
Te doy mi palabra (I give you my word), © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Political, playful and intimate at the same time, this work makes it seem easy to take on an important topic.
Images used in this post were found by browsing the Internet and used here in an attempt to share some knowledge about the above artists. Click on the links to visit the sites from where the images were appropriated to learn more about the artworks and the Venice Bienalle.
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