The European Cultural Center has invited Beatriz Gerenstein to create site-specific installations showcased during both the Art and Architecture Venice Biennales in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Each installation was developed, taking into account the theme of each particular exhibition and the characteristics of the site where it would be displayed.
57th Venice Biennale, 2017
The Objects of Desire
15th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016
Beatriz Gerenstein participated in “Time-Space-Existence“, an official exhibition of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. The exhibition was held by the European Cultural Centre.
The aim of this presentation was to show a unique artwork that is at the same time a work of art and a piece of comfortable furniture. In Love is a site-specific installation composed of two-in-one sculptures. These two pieces resemble delicate and elegant human figures, one is a “She” and the other a “He”. The chairs are subtly anthropomorphic, “She” is delicate and fine but her colourful skirt suggests energy and determination. “He” is strong, heavy and robust. Beatriz Gerentein designed the artwork after one of her previous bronze sculptures titled “Couple”
This installation was made with an original combination of exotic woods and was designed and produced in Italy by the artist. Beatriz Gerenstein designed the sculpture to be functional chairs too. In fact, they are very comfortable. Gerenstein took care of any detail designing the chairs to emphasize her aesthetical message. She avoided any sharp edge in the composition and designed the chairs with a contour in their top to insinuate that the chairs are leaning towards each other like in a loving hug.
“Couple, Two Chairs One Sculpture” (that was the name it was presented with during the Biennale) was installed for the duration of the Biennale on the second floor of the 400 years-old Palazzo Mora. The beauty of this renaissance Pallazo creates a contrasting frame to the sculpture that emphasizes Gerenstein aesthetical message.
56th Venice Biennale, 2015
The Third Partner
“The Third Partner” was made with Stainless Steel. It is 11 feet (3.1 meters) tall. Its surface was carefully polished to get a “mirror” finish.
Beatriz Gerenstein participated in the 56th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition, “Personal Structures,” from May 8 to November 22, 2015. This exhibition was organized by the European Cultural Centre and the Global Art Affairs Foundation and held at Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy