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Artists get with the band in Venice

 

An essential and iconoclastic event at the Venice Biennale, The Venetian Blinds invites rock groups founded by artists to perform on stage from 7 to 9 May.

Sponsored by the Palazzo Grassi, the Consortium in Dijon and Silencio in Paris, “The Venetian Blinds. Artist-run Bands” is taking place at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale from 7 to 9 May. 

 

This festival is the first ever entirely dedicated to rock groups founded by contemporary artists. The concerts will take place in the majestic Teatrino, which reopened two years ago after being completely reconfigured by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

I Apologize,Jean-Luc Verna's band.

On Saturday 9 May, at 10.30 pm, Martin Creed (the 2001 Turner Prize winner) and his band will share their alternative-rock sound with a Venetian audience. The group’s most recent album, Love To You, produced by Johnny Marr and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, was released in 2012.

“I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”​

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 7 May, at 10.30 pm, the group led by Canadian photographer and video artist Rodney Graham will play their psychedelic folk-rock set. “Graham has always kept the question open: am I a musician trapped in an artist’s mind or an artist trapped in a musician’s body?”, says Kim Gordon, the singer and bassist of Sonic Youth.

On Saturday 9 May at 9.30 pm, I Apologize, a group formed by Jean-Luc Verna, Gautier Tassart and Julien Tiberi, will reprise the songs and attitudes of their idols Siouxsie and the Banshees, T. Rex and Janis Joplin. “I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Venetian Blinds, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, from 7 to 9 May. To see the entire programme with Emily Sundblad & Matt Sweenery, The Rodney Graham Band, The Cornichons, Bob Carol Ted, I Apologize and Martin Creed and his band, visit www.thevenetianblinds.com/en/lineup

Interview with Takashi Murakami, a pop icon
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Interview with Takashi Murakami, a pop icon

Art Drawing from Japanese popular culture and the world of manga, his spectacular artworks have brought him global fame and have been shown at such diverse and prestigious locations as New York’s MoMA, London’s Tate Modern and the Château de Versailles. Takashi Murakami was also a pioneer with respect to his iconoclastic fashion collaborations, an approach that he continues to explore today by co-producing exhibitions with the designer Virgil Abloh. Drawing from Japanese popular culture and the world of manga, his spectacular artworks have brought him global fame and have been shown at such diverse and prestigious locations as New York’s MoMA, London’s Tate Modern and the Château de Versailles. Takashi Murakami was also a pioneer with respect to his iconoclastic fashion collaborations, an approach that he continues to explore today by co-producing exhibitions with the designer Virgil Abloh.

Albert Oehlen, the painter of pop culture exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in Venice
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Albert Oehlen, the painter of pop culture exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in Venice

Art Like a free-jazz jam session, his canvases bring together a whirlwind of references, from pop culture to figuration to abstraction, blended in hyper-controlled chaos. François Pinault’s Venice museum is currently celebrating the work of German painter Albert Oehlen. Like a free-jazz jam session, his canvases bring together a whirlwind of references, from pop culture to figuration to abstraction, blended in hyper-controlled chaos. François Pinault’s Venice museum is currently celebrating the work of German painter Albert Oehlen.

Who is Yuko Hasegawa, a japanese art authority ?
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Who is Yuko Hasegawa, a japanese art authority ?

Art 2018 is a great year for japanese art in France, with a whole host of concerts, dance shows, theatrical events and exhibitions being planned. Top of the bill is hang at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the work of Yuko Hasegawa, the greatly respected chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. 2018 is a great year for japanese art in France, with a whole host of concerts, dance shows, theatrical events and exhibitions being planned. Top of the bill is hang at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the work of Yuko Hasegawa, the greatly respected chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

How Art Basel moved from must-see fair to global brand
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How Art Basel moved from must-see fair to global brand

Art Basel, Miami, Hong Kong and soon Buenos Aires – Art Basel keeps on expanding its horizons, to the point where its name now rivals big global brands like Coca Cola in fame and recognition. Basel, Miami, Hong Kong and soon Buenos Aires – Art Basel keeps on expanding its horizons, to the point where its name now rivals big global brands like Coca Cola in fame and recognition.

Artists and hackers, they hijack new technologies
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Artists and hackers, they hijack new technologies

Art Algorithms, coding, data, hardware – what use (or misuse) can artists make of all these new technological tools? This is the fascinating question asked by a double exhibition at the centre pompidou, to which Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda has been invited as guest of honour. Algorithms, coding, data, hardware – what use (or misuse) can artists make of all these new technological tools? This is the fascinating question asked by a double exhibition at the centre pompidou, to which Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda has been invited as guest of honour.