Icelandic Pavilion Venice 09

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This contains a few shots of the Icelandic Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennial.

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Icelandic Pavilion Venice 09

  1. 1. RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: THE END Palazzo Michel dal Brusa Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009 Music:
“Fjarkanistan
by
Animamina


  2. 2. philosophy •  Kjartansson’s
exhibi:on
for
Venice,
en:tled
The
End,
will
feature
a
tableau
 vivant
of
the
ar:st
and
his
model
that
will
last
for
the
en:re
six‐months
of
 the
Biennale,
along
with
a
monumental
video
and
music
installa:on.
It
will
 be
presented
in
the
Palazzo
Michiel
dal
Brusà,
a
14th‐century
palazzo
on
 the
Grand
Canal
near
the
Rialto,
which
has
served
as
the
Icelandic
Pavilion
 since
2007.
Transforming
the
Pavilion
into
a
makeshiU
studio
for
the
 Biennale,
Kjartansson
will
relentlessly
paint
the
portrait
of
a
young
man
 posing
day
aUer
day
against
the
backdrop
of
the
Grand
Canal.
The
young
 man
modeling
for
him
will
be
smoking
cigareVes
and
drinking
beer,
while
 clothed
only
in
a
bathing
suit.
For
six
months,
Kjartansson
will
limit
his
art
 produc:on
to
the
pain:ng
of
this
scene.
He
will
produce
one
work
aUer
 the
other,
with
the
pain:ngs
made
on
previous
days
leU
to
accumulate
in
 piles
around
the
studio.
Though
not
an
idealized
version
of
the
ar:st
and
 his
model
–
such
a
proposal
being
disrupted
by
the
incongruous
 appearance
of
the
Speedo,
the
cigareVes,
and
the
beer
in
an
otherwise
 roman:c
seZng
–
the
performance
is
par:ally
based
on
ques:ons
of
the
 ar:st’s
self,
sugges:ng
his
perpetual
re‐conceptualiza:on
in
rela:on
to
his
 surroundings
and
previously
exis:ng
works
of
art.

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