But artist Rudolf Stingel wasn’t bad either. For the first time, the entire Palazzo Grassi sported carpeting based on an oriental rug covering the entire surface of the walls and floors… and we are talking about 30,000 square feet between all three floors of all these surfaces.
The exhibition is centered on the relationship between abstraction and figuration, observing how the constant fluidity between these two polarities characterizes the artist’s poetics. On the walls and floors which are really the artists interpretation of what a Persian carpet looks like, Stingel mixes ensemble of “photo-realistic” works, portraits of friends self-portraits taken at different stages of Stingel’s life, alpine landscapes or depictions of ancient religious sculptures.
The whole project was a mega undertaking… Christy is wondering what they are going to do with the all the carpet covering those thousands of square feet of walls and floor?
For more info on the show: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/ai-weiwei-s-cell-sherman-giantess-boost-venice-biennale.html