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Louise Bonnet, Robert Grosvenor et al.

The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams (group show)
The Arsenale, Venice
23 April – 27 November 2022

Louise Bonnet, Pisser Triptych, 2021-22, installation view: The 59th International Art Exhibition, Venice, 2022, photo: Roberto Marossi, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
Louise Bonnet, Pisser Triptych, 2021-22, installation view: The 59th International Art Exhibition, Venice, 2022, photo: Roberto Marossi, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Louise Bonnet’s new large-scale painting Pisser Triptych, 2021–2022, as well as three sculptures by Robert Grosvenor from 1987–1988, 2018 and 2019, are on view as part of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams, at the Arsenale in Venice until 27 November 2022. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, this exhibition presents works by 213 artists from 58 countries.

The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The exhibition The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.

This exhibition is grounded in many conversations with artists held in the last few years. The questions that kept emerging from these dialogues seem to capture this moment in history when the very survival of the species is threatened, but also to sum up many other inquiries that pervade the sciences, arts, and myths of our time. How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us?

These are some of the guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte, which focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.”

– Cecilia Alemani

La Biennale di Venezia


Additional:

Louise Bonnet

The Patriarchy, 2019
now part of the permanent collection of Museum Brandhorst

Image: Louise Bonnet, The Patriarchy (2019), © Louise Bonnet, photo: Joshua White / jwpictures
Image: Louise Bonnet, The Patriarchy (2019), © Louise Bonnet, photo: Joshua White / jwpictures

We are pleased to announce that Louise Bonnet's painting The Patriarchy from 2019 is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.