Thank you so much for the flowers
Kevin Muhlen (Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain), commissioned by Ministère de la Culture
Ca’ del Duca, Corte del Duca Sforza, San Marco 3052
Thank you so much for the flowers
The pavilion of Luxembourg will be much more than an exhibition space. Mike Bourscheid will create an installation which, from time to time, transforms into a performance. The setting is an apartment in the San Marco sestiere, still filled with everyday objects. Each of the 5 rooms brings a different story, with the excessive costumes of Mike Bourscheid as the common denominator. Together with the altered domestic objects, musical pieces and performances, these costumes tell cryptic and humorous stories about gender identification, familial inheritance and cultural history. The costumes will be presented as sculptures in a scene which refers to art history, movie sets, haute couture, theatre costuming, disguises and armour.
If you are lucky (or well prepared), you will have the privilege of attending a performance of Mike Bourscheid. You can watch him move around in a ruffled skirt, with luxurious gauntlets and leather sandals, while peppy techno music plays in the background. Make sure to check the website of the pavilion to see if a performance is scheduled while you are in Venice.
This is a pavilion which you have to enter with an open mind. Just go in and let your mind absorb the overwhelming experiences. After all, art doesn’t have to be serious all the time. I won’t spoil the surprise by giving you more clues, but I think it’s worth a visit. The Luxembourg pavilion was one of the 9 national participations which immediately caught my attention, as you can read in ‘What to expect from the Art Biennale 2017’.
Mike Bourscheid was born in 1984 in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). He studied at the Université d’Aix-Marseille (France) and Universität der Künste Berlin (Germany). Today, he lives and works in Luxembourg and in Vancouver, Canada. Recent exhibitions include: Access Gallery Vancouver (Canada), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Canada), Centre d’art Œil de Poisson in Quebec City (Canada) and Centre d’art Nei Liicht in Dudelange (Luxembourg). In 2015 he was nominated for the Prix d’art Robert Schuman; in 2010 he won the IBBPreis für Fotografie.
“I have visited Venice now twice in preparation for the Biennale, in September and November, and I was very happy to be welcomed by the warmth and kindness of the people that live in Venice. It is always very special for me to visit new places. During my visits, I met the students that supervise the pavilion, the cleaning lady of the pavilion, my neighbours, people at the bar, tourists like myself and a wide range of interesting and friendly folks. I felt very welcome and can’t wait to go back to Venice for the installation of the show and meet more people. I hope ‘Thank you so much for the flowers’ will be a meeting place for all sorts of people and I hope they feel as welcome as I felt when I visited Venice for the first time.”
Viva Arte Viva
In line with the ‘Unpacking my library’ project of La Biennale di Venezia, Mike Bourscheid selects the artist catalogue ‘You can also weave what you do not see, The tapestries of Dieter Roth and Ingrid Wiener’ as the book that inspires him most. According to him ‘It’s so wonderful and very personal. Wow, what a collaboration.’.
Mike Bourscheid will also participate in the ‘Tavola Aperta‘ (Open Table) project where artists and visitors will have a casual lunch together to discuss the artist’s work. The date has not been set yet.
To create a hospitable and intimate atmosphere, the Luxembourg pavilion is located in an ordinary apartment in the San Marco sestiere.
The Ca’ del Duca (the house of the dogue) is located next to Palazzo Falier and faces Canal Grande. It was built by the Italian sculptor and architect Bartolomeo Bon, who was also involved in Ca d’Oro and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. The palazzo was sold by the Corner family to the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, in 1461. During the 16th century, it was for 20 years the studio of the famous painter Titian, while he worked at the paintings for the Palazzo Ducale. With the exception of the 14th century ground floor, the palazzo was largely rebuilt in the 19th century.
If you want to know more about the Art Biennale 2017 and the other national participations, this overview page is a good starting point. If you want to be informed about new pavilions being added to the site, you can subscribe to The Venice Insider biweekly newsletter.
(Picture in banner: Mike Bourscheid, Thank you so much for the flowers, 2017. Copyright Mike Bourscheid. Production photo 2017. )
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