Venice Biennale 2013
When the next Venice Biennale opens in June, the city is going to be even more crowded than it typically is at that time. Carol Vogel of The New York Times reports this evening that at least eight countries are expected to inaugurate national pavilions: the Bahamas, Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nigeria and Paraguay. There could be even more! The New Museum’s deputy director Massimiliano Gioni, who’s organizing the main exhibition, told Ms. Vogel that it’s too early to say exactly how many countries will be participating.
The Italian press is reporting that Massimiliano Gioni, currently the associate director and director of exhibitions at the New Museum, has been appointed director of the Venice Biennale.
It’s 11 in the morning and visitors to Carsten Höller’s new exhibition, “Experience,” are emerging one by one down the shoot of a 102-foot-long slide. The structure itself, which bores through two concrete floors of the museum, looks like nothing so much as the pneumatic mailing ducts from the movie Brazil, long snakes of stainless-steel segments. The sliders’ feet are wrapped in canvas blankets, their arms are crossed over their chests. They board on the fourth floor; you can see them shoot by on the third floor through the slide’s transparent upper shell. The expressions on their faces are ecstatic. They land with whoops and thuds on a mattress on the second floor.
At one point in his speech welcoming journalists to the press preview for Carsten Höller’s new exhibition, “Experience,” New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni reminded the assembled press that the artist had trained as an etymologist.