KUB in Venice
20 | 04 – 04 | 07 | 2022
In the summer of 2022, Kunsthaus Bregenz is celebrating its 25th anniversary and with an exhibition in Venice during this year's biennale. From April 20 to July 4, the artists Otobong Nkanga and Anna Boghiguian will be presenting works in a unique exhibition venue, the historic Scuola di San Pasquale in the Castello quarter of Venice. In new works specifically developed for this particular site, they will be addressing socio-political issues that are urgent to current debates. A unique space for the exhibition has been found in Scuola di San Pasquale. The cuboidal space and fall of light in this historic, 17th century building create an environment similar to the architecture of Peter Zumthor's Kunsthaus Bregenz. In the glazed concrete building in Bregenz, daylight is able to atmospherically penetrate all the floors, while in the Scuola light enters the simple and elegant spaces through large windows. In Bregenz as in Venice, the artists fill the entire building, creating exhibitions that continue KUB's spectacular history.
For the ground floor of the Scuola, Otobong Nkanga has conceived the vivid tapestry Tied to the Other Side and an installation with the new audio work Something New, Something Grew, Something Good, which addresses the life of plants and the exploitation of nature.
On the upper floor, Anna Boghiguian is presenting The Chess Game, a large-scale installation filling the entire space. From Marie-Antoinette to Ludwig Wittgenstein and Egon Schiele, the majority of the “chess” figures are of Austrian origin – a panopticon of political ideas and conflicts. This new work will also be on view at Kunsthaus Bregenz in extended form in late fall 2022.
In the first days of the exhibition, KUB Director Thomas D. Trummer has been talking to selected artists and other prominent figures from the art world at events taking place in the first days of the exhibition.