Milan Exhibition: Ragnar Kjartansson opens at HangarBicocca. September 19 – November 17, 2013
The Visitors, one of the most significant works by Ragnar Kjartansson (Reykjavík, 1976), will be on view fromSeptember 19 to November 17, 2013 in the monumental industrial space of HangarBicocca in Milan. The exhibition is curated by Andrea Lissoni and Heike Munder, the Director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich.
This is the first exhibition of the curatorial program designed by Vicente Todolí, who was recently appointed artistic advisor for HangarBicocca. The project was also chosen in light of Dieter Roth and Björn Roth’s upcoming show, opening November 6 in the space. “Ragnar Kjartansson has a strong biographical tie with Dieter Roth and his family,” explains HangarBicocca’s curator Andrea Lissoni. “His grandfather was one of Dieter Roth’s closest friends and had a collection of his works. This legacy had an influence on Kjartansson’s multidisciplinary, ever-evolving approach to making art.” Creating a dialogue among the different exhibitions at HangarBicocca is one of the principles that will drive the space’s artistic program in future years.
The Visitors is being shown in Milan thanks to the support of Pirelli, Founding Member and Promoter of the Fondazione HangarBicocca. The exhibition gives the public an opportunity to experience an important contemporary art project, capable of involving the audience in an emotional, musical, and visual experience unlike any other. The installation has already been seen in international institutions and galleries—the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich in 2012, which commissioned it, Luhring Augustine in New York, and TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna in 2013—arousing great interest, both critical and public.
The Visitors is being show in cooperation with Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.
In addition, Ragnar Kjartansson´s S.S. Hangover, 2013 remains on view at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia, until November 24, 2013. The artist’s contribution to Massimiliano Gioni’s exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace was conceived specifically for the Arsenale’s historical shipyard, Gaggiandre, where the Venetians impressively pushed countless newly built ships afloat insuring the Venetian Empire’s rule in its golden years.
S.S. Hangover will be in active motion daily for the entire duration of the Biennale. The hours of the performance are as follows:
June 1 – October 26: daily 2–6pm.
After Sunday, October 27 (to compensate for the time change and shorter days): daily 1–5 pm.
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For more information about The Encyclopedic Palace please visit the Venice Biennale website.