Two worlds

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Sep 11 2022

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Category: Europe, Italy

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One of the always very rewarding features of the Biennale is the placement of art works in old palazzos and other historical venues spread over the city of Venice. Here we have Martin Puryear’s sculpture ‘Shackled’ (2014) exposed in the school of music that is housed in ‘Palazzo Pisani a Santo Stefano’ (1614/15). Two different worlds, expressing two different ways of being.

From the text that accompanies the sculpture: “[Shackled] evokes a creature, perhaps human, perhaps animal, yet its apparent calm and submissive stance expresses above all a sense of enduring strength. (…) Dense, solid, mysterious, obedient yet fully charged, this relatively small cast-iron piece has an impressively powerful presence.”
I can only fully agree.

Photos of the week: Martin Puryear, ‘Shackled’, 2014, cast-iron, 70x78x21.3 cm, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, Venice Biennale, Italy 2022

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