1. As a collateral event of the 55. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Zuecca Project Space, in collaboration with the Lisson Gallery, London, will present an exhibition of new works by Ai Weiwei, from 29 May - 15 September 2013. The artist's only major new solo show in 2013, it marks the debut of S.A.C.R.E.D, an extraordinary new work addressing his April 2011 arrest by the Chinese Government and the 81-day period subsequently spent in captivity. This is the first time the artist has directly responded to his incarceration through a work in a public exhibition.

    Curated by Maurizio Bortolotti, the exhibition will be presented across two locations in Venice: the church of Sant’Antonin and the Zitelle complex, home of Zuecca Project Space. Work by Ai Weiwei will also be on display elsewhere in the Venice Biennale as part of a group exhibition representing the German Pavilion.

    S.A.C.R.E.D, presented at the Sant’Antonin church, is composed of six parts: (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy, and (vi) D oubt. This landmark work comprises six large iron boxes with small apertures - such as those found in the door of a cell - through which the viewer must peer to see the dioramas contained within. Each diorama includes large hyper-realist models of the artist and his captors, and documents in painstaking, unflinching detail the different stages of Ai Weiwei’s time in incarceration.

    From the moment he is first led into his cell, to periods of interrogation, to him sleeping, to even those instances when he was forced to use the toilet or wash naked under the gaze of his captors, no aspect of Ai Weiwei’s life in prison is left unexplored. The artist’s unflinching willingness to reveal the most intimate and painful moments of his captivity underscores the relentless assault on personal dignity and freedom that he and many others have suffered, and continue to suffer, at the hands of the authorities in China and in other countries worldwide who seek to constrain freedom of expression with force.

    Specially conceived with the Sant’Antonin space in mind, S.A.C.R.E.D will also
    function as a dialogue between the artist and the existing Baroque architecture and
    its religious artifacts, offering an immediate sense of the drama of an event that
    underlines the contradictory development of China.
    In the Zuecca Project Space will be seen an expanded version of the artist's
    sculptural installation Straight. First exhibited as part of his 2012 acclaimed survey
    show at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC., Straight is
    formed from 150 tons of steel rebar recovered from the collapsed schools in which
    more than five thousand children perished during the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan,
    One of the leading cultural figures of his generation, Ai Weiwei has consistently
    displayed great courage, placing himself at risk to affect social change through his art.
    He serves as an example for legitimate social criticism and free expression both in
    China and internationally.
    The exhibition with Zuecca Project Space represents a new chapter in the longstanding
    historical relationship - founded on trade, as well as religious and cultural
    exchange - that exists between China and Venice. This relationship will acquire fresh
    immediacy in light of the artist's interpretation of contemporary China within the
    context of the city.
    The Lisson Gallery has represented and worked closely with Ai Weiwei since 2010,
    presenting acclaimed solo exhibitions of his work at its London and Milan locations.
    Practical Information
    Opening hours: 10am – 6 pm
    Location 1: Complesso delle Zitelle, Giudecca
    Vaporetto Stop: Zitelle
    Location 2: Chiesa di Sant’ Antonin, Castello
    Vaporetto Stop: San Marco – Pietà / San Zaccaria (da Zitelle)
    For press information and images please contact:
    International Press Contact: Pelham Communications
    Toby Kidd and Amy Sutcliffe ; Tel: +44 20 8969 3959
    Email: toby@pelhamcommunications.com or amys@pelhamcommunications.com
    Italy Press Contacts: Paola C. Manfredi Studio
    Paola Manfredi and Marzia Gandini ; T: +39 348 3123980
    Email: marzia@paolamanfredi.com

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  2. An installation at the Venice Biennale is a series of carefully assembled environments using everything from ladders and paint cans to scraps of paper and remnants of photographs.

    Published on NYTimes.com on May 29, 2013.

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  3. Thai Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
    Arin Rungjang: Golden Teardrop
    1 June – 24 November 2013, At Santa Croce, n° 556, 30135 Venezia, Italy
    Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop reassembles the disjunctive layers of private and public dialogues, heightening audience awareness of the conspiracies triggered by institutionalized domination versus individual limitation. The unfolding of individual dilemma and narrative incoherencies through fragmented anecdotes; result in the reciprocity of instant and persistent memories. Golden Teardrop embraces an oral history by a Japanese woman, the spouse of Arin’s colleague, the journey of a Greek adventurer who came to live in Siam (Thailand); and the story of Golden Teardrop, a dessert invented by a Portuguese nun. After journeying over the sea, it found its way to seventeenth century Ayutthaya and was recreated by a Catholic woman of Japanese-Portuguese-Bengali decent.
    Arin Rungjang (b. 1975, Thailand) is based in Bangkok and graduated from Silpakorn University in 2001. In Arin's artistic practice, ready-made and daily household objects are deconstructed to reinterpret the poeticized space. His video and site-specific installations highlight the cryptic interrelations of: public and private spheres, space and memory, as well as space and its perceptible distance. Golden Teardrop by Arin reassembles fragmented layers of disseminated private and public dialogue.

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  4. A boat slowly glides by right before our eyes; it is playing music by Kjartan Sveinsson, i.e., the four-hour performance art piece “S.S. Hangover”, by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

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  5. Inspired by the Norwegian artist’s most famous painting, Cai Yuan and JJ Xi invited volunteers to take part in a performance of their own interpretation of ‘The Scream’, filmed in 2005 on the very bridge in Norway where Edvard Munch received his idea back in 1893.
    Cai & Xi, who gained international fame as the artists’ duo ‘Mad for Real’ by jumping naked on Tracey Emin’s bed, went on to perform ‘The Scream’ for the first time as a public intervention at Tate Modern and on the Millennium Bridge, London in 2012.
    The two Chinese artists see their interpretation of ‘The Scream’ as an expression of human existence – of reality, spirituality and humanity: “…a revolution exploding in the depths of your soul.”
    The ‘Scream’ series of performances is supported by the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art (occa-art.com), China Live Art (chinaliveart.com) and the artists’ network Artbetween (artbetween.org)
    Mad For Real (Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi)’s oeuvre has continually questioned the relationship of power to the individual. Using a position of resistance Cai and Xi have consistently produced work which is necessarily oppositional yet the warmth and humour of their work also acts to draw viewers in. Their performances have taken place as radical gestures calling to mind notorious artists of earlier radical art movements but the historical, linguistic and political context of their practice is often related specifically to their origins: China.
    For more information about Cai Yuan, Jian Jun Xi and their co-operation as ‘Mad for Real’, please follow this link: madforreal.org

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