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The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale Print E-mail
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Written by Ana Mitrovici (Los Angeles)   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:00

Inside the Giardini’s National Pavilions, general view. Photo by the author.Fundamentals, the title of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (June 7 - November 23, 2014), experimented with new approaches. First, it ran longer than past exhibitions, for almost six months instead of three. Secondly, it was organized according to a tripartite formula, with the first section, Monditalia, highlighting Italy, and occupying one third of the conceptual component of the exhibition that also included other media, such as dance and theater. The second, Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, was held in the Giardini's permanent pavilions, featuring additional national exhibitions located throughout the labyrinthine space of the Arsenale and throughout the city itself. For this section of the exhibit, participating nations were asked to present their pavilions in consideration of how they had been impacted by modernity over the last 100 years. More accurately, the theme explicitly asked participants to consider: "How has modernity been "absorbed," a phenomenon that, at least within the context of the exhibit, was understood as the gradual effacement of national styles and the encroachment of a more universal language of architecture.

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Paulo Bruscky & Robert Rehfeldt’s Mail Art Exchanges at Chert Gallery, Berlin Print E-mail
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Written by Sara Blaylock (Berlin)   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Paulo Bruscky, “Untitled (Ferrogravura),” ca. 1975-1991. Photo by David Horvitz. Image courtesy of Chert gallery, Berlin.Over sixteen years of a committed artistic collaboration organized and almost entirely mediated by the mail, Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky (b. 1949) and East German artist Robert Rehfeldt (1931-1993) exchanged materially modest, if conceptually bold, artworks to overcome immense physical and political obstacles. Crossing 5,000 miles and two repressive Cold War-era regimes, their mail art often trucked in slogans and icons that were at once immediately identifiable and laden with artistic metaphor and ingenuity. Bruscky's Ferrogravura (iron engravings) —the brown burn of a hot iron on paper—are innovations in domestic printmaking that reveal the artist's humor, as well as a necessity for resourcefulness and creativity in a country governed by military rule. Rehfeldt responded to comparable conditions in East Germany, and maintained, like Bruscky, an earnest and idealistic confidence in art's capacity to speak and redefine universal languages. In his East Berlin atelier, he stamped out the slogans of his "contart" (contact + art), dropping in the mailbox a vision for socially engaged culture: "ARTISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE;" "MAKE A CREATIVE WORLD NOW;" "KUNST IM KONTAKT IST LEBEN MIT DER KUNST" (ART IN CONTACT / IT'S LIFE IN ART).

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Mladen Miljanović: At the Edge, acb Gallery, Budapest Print E-mail
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Written by Sándor Hornyik (Budapest)   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

Mladen Miljanović, "At the Edge," performance at acb Gallery, Budapest (2014). Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Csaba Aknay.At the beginning of his career, Bosnian artist Mladen Miljanović prepared ironically toned, but rather serious, plans of attack (Artattack series, 2007) for occupying the great museums of the world. Actually, he painted military symbols on the maps of contemporary art museums and galleries representing how he could occupy their spaces. Of his targets, ironically, Budapest was the last "captured" city, as the artist showcased works in the exhibition spaces of New York, London and Venice before showing in the contemporary art institutions of neighboring Hungary. While an overview of the underlying cultural and geopolitical factors surrounding this would lead beyond the scope of this review, it is worth pointing out that the works of Miljanović, one of the stars of the 2013 Venice Biennale, once again enriched the "portfolio" of a private gallery rather than strengthening the profile of a state financed institution. Tijana Stepanovic, curator of the artist's recent solo exhibition at acb Gallery, Budapest, perhaps wished to reflect on this situation by titling the show At the Edge.

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