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Lara Almarcegui deconstructs the Spanish pavilion at the Venice Biennale

21 may, 2013

The Spanish artist’s work has been created using concrete rubble, glass and cement from a casting plant in Venice.

Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui during the press conference where she explained the project to represent Spain at La Biennale. Photo: EFE/Paco Campos

The Venice Biennale is one of the most important events on the world’s contemporary art calendar. This year, Spain will be represented by Zaragoza artist Lara Almarcegui, with an artwork designed in the shape of mountains made from brick, concrete, cement, glass and steel.

Almarcegui’s creation, which can be seen from 1 June to 24 November, will occupy the Spanish pavilion with mountains of rubble from a Venice casting plant. The artist’s idea was to make people look at the city, its wastelands and its buildings through mountains of rubble so that they can reflect on the evolution of the city and its component parts.

Speaking at the unveiling of her artwork, Almarcegui said it explains “the idea of a building’s ingredients. I have used this idea to present the pavilion before it was built and how it would look if it was destroyed. It’s a sculpture that speaks about volume and that also refers to the future of construction”.

To get a proper view of the mountain in the centre of the pavilion, “you have to go through the side rooms, which also contain mountains of different materials”, said Lara Almarcegui.

Edition 55 of the Biennale, entitled “Il Palazzo enciclopedico” (‘the Encyclopaedic Palace), will also feature another work by Almarcegui, “Guía de la Sacca San Mattia, la isla abandonada de Murano, Venecia”, an investigation into an island formed from glass waste from the Murano glass-making industry.

Pavilion curator Octavio Zaya feels that Lara’s work reflects ideas and represents essential problems of the world we are living in

The Spanish presence at the event has been promoted by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Ibero-America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation via Aecid (the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation). It has also enjoyed the collaboration of significant bodies such as Spanish Cultural Action.


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