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labyrinths, performances, installations and
bestiaries (compendia of beasts, originating
in the Ancient World).
While blurring the lines between
professional artists and amateurs, outsiders
and insiders, Massimiliano investigates the
desire to see and know everything. He is
taking his cue from the imagined Palazzo
Enciclopedico of Italo-American, self-taught
artist Marino Auriti. In 1955, Auriti patented
a design for a museum that would house all
worldly knowledge, bringing together the
greatest discoveries of the human race, from
the wheel to the satellite.
Massimiliano describes his own
Encyclopedic Palace as a “show that
illustrates a condition we all share:
we ourselves are media, channelling
images, or at times even finding ourselves
possessed by images.”
One journalist writes that Massimiliano
has “given the exhibition a surging flow,
filling it with surprises and electrifying
moments. We go from the spiritual to sex,
from the biblical to the angst-ridden, from
the trees to the stars.” Needless to say,
Encyclopedic Palace is a must-see for anyone
visiting this year’s Biennale.
The Australian Pavilion’s exhibition of
new works by contemporary artist Simryn
The 387 Houses of Peter Fritz (1916–1992), Insurance Clerk from Vienna (1993–2008), by Oliver Croy and Oliver Elser.
Selection of 176 models, cardboard, paper, various materials, on show at The Encyclopedic Palace, Giardini venue (photography
Francesco Galli, courtesy Venice Biennale).
“[The exhibition has] a surging flow, with surprises and
electrifying moments. We go from the spiritual to sex, from
the biblical to the angst-ridden, from the trees to the stars.”
Healing, by Erik va n Lieshout (2013) in The Encyclopedic Palace,
Arsenale venue (photography Francesco Galli, Venice Biennale).
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