Venice Biennale launches in Rosebank

Venice Biennale launches in Rosebank

Johannesburg - Johannesburg’s swish Trumpet building, located on the even swisher Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, saw some of South Africa’s finest this week at the launch of the SA Pavilion, our proposed selection of artistic projects that are set to appear at this year’s Venice Biennale, which runs from May 13 to November 26.

Known as the Olympics of the art world, the Venice Biennale is one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art events, admired for its promotion and celebration of art from across the globe.

A plethora of exhibits, events and national pavilions are on show every two years in this floating Italian city.

This year, the SA Pavilion presents artists Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng.

Modisakeng, sporting his trademark hat, and Breitz attended the late afternoon launch, as did pavilion curator Lucy McGarry and other well-known art enthusiasts, including Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers and the acting chief curator of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Musha Neluheni.

JAG will be closed to the public until May, following heavy rains which caused extensive damage to the building.

A guest at the function, who is close to the inner workings of JAG – located in Joubert Park – said staff were using this time to update their catalogue and stock list, and document works that had been forgotten in the now-flooded basement.

Other guests gracing the Rosebank event included the elegant businesswoman and media personality, Basetsana Kumalo; the anything-but-conventional fashion designer, Marianne Fassler, sporting a blue update to her dreadlocks; and stylist extraordinaire Jenny Andrew, who looked her usual chic self.

Snacks were few but tasty, the wine was good and the venue ideal. City Press will be publishing in-depth reports about the pavilion later in the year.

The artists are legally sworn to secrecy about their respective showcases, but given the acclaim each has attained, we have no doubt visitors will be provoked, inspired and challenged.

In May, all will be revealed, so watch this space.

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