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OPEN 18. International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice

OPEN 18. International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice

3rd -23rd September 2015 | Venice Lido, Hilton Molino Stucky
Inauguration: 3 September at the Hilton Molino Stucky
Press conference at 6.30 pm
Performance by Marco Nereo Rotelli at 8.00 pm
Inaugural cocktail at 9.00 pm

The eighteenth edition of OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will be held from 3 to 23 September at Venice Lido and at the Hilton Molino Stucky at the same time as the Film Festival.

Conceived and curated by Paolo De Grandis, co-curated by Carlotta Scarpa, the exhibition is organised by PDG Arte Communications in collaboration with the City of Venice and the Municipality of Lido Pellestrina under the patronage of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Regione Veneto. 18 years, a goal confirmed by a new exhibition venue in the Molino Stucky, the most important example of industrial archaeology preserved in Venice. Built in Neo-Gothic style on the island of Giudecca in 1895 by the industrialist Giovanni Stucky, it is now home to the Hilton and a culture centre.

OPEN proposes its linearity, integration and propaedeutics, aspects that have matured thanks to the simplicity of the basic idea and to the exhibition context offered by the open-air spaces: territories to be explored, focal points for exchange and comparison, choreographic spaces often open to be transformed, places where, in both physical and mental terms, the visitor can interact with the contents of the works on display.

Many important curators have taken part in this year’s edition, among them Achille Bonito Oliva, Daniela Palazzoli, Bruno Grossetti, Serena Mormino, Bianca Laura Petretto, J.J Shih for Taiwan, Wen-i Yang for the National University of Arts and Gertrud Aeschlimann for art-st-urban.

OPEN combines the presence of internationally acclaimed artists such as Nam June Paik and Michelangelo Pistoletto, who will present the Third Paradise, a sign-symbol that inscribes a circle in the line of infinity, evoking the cycles of regeneration of material and the circular nature of time. The Third Paradise is the contemporary myth that leads each one of us to take on a personal responsibility in this epoch-making moment, when it becomes essential to seek the union between the first paradise (the natural one) and the second (artificial, created by man). A collective action promoted by Cittadellarte, Strada del Riso Vercellese di qualità, N.o.v.a. Civitas and Amarte, curated by Serena Mormino, to urge the taking on of collective social responsibility and reflection on the themes of environmental sustainability which, in this symbolic form, will be traced starting from various recycled waste materials, such as broken rice from Vercelli and, for Venice, broken glass, mooring posts and ropes.

The special project by Marco Nereo Rotelli will be presented and rewarded during the inauguration: it will illuminate the façade of the Hilton Molino Stucky and project a wonderful verse by Ezra Pound, whose 130th anniversary falls this year.


art-st-urban ist ein unabhängiges, einzigartiges Kunstzentrum, privat finanziert. Angeschlossen ist der Verein "Artist in Residence Förderprogramm Young Artist".