THE DESIGN OF THE EXHIBITION ‘THE MILK OF DREAMS’
Organized by Cecilia Alemani, the 59th Venice Art Biennale opened its doors to the public on Saturday April 23, 2022, under the title ‘Le Lait des Rêves’. This year’s main design exposure was designed by research-based design studio Formafantasma as a ‘tailor-made intervention which offers a new, more cohesive way to navigate the artistic marathon that takes place in both the central pavilion of the Giardini and the 317-meter-long Corderie building of the Arsenale. Alongside the development of the general scenography of the exhibition, the studio developed the design into five smaller historical sections, each housing a miniature constellation of artworks, found objects and documents, grouped together to explore certain key themes. Conceived as time capsules, these architectural spaces are defined by unique color combinations, materials and spatial configurations that immerse visitors in completely different environments.
During the pre-opening of the Venice Art Biennale 2022, we had the chance to meet the founders of Formafantasma, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, to learn more about the design of this year’s main exhibition.“What’s great about this year’s Biennale is this idea of the five historical capsules, which are basically five spaces, three here [Giardini] and two at the Arsenale, which help the visitor to understand, from a historical point of view, what is happening all around the space,’ tell the two Italian designers to designboom. Watch full interview on the video above.
Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin and Terra | image © designboom
Time Capsules by Formafantasma at the 2022 VENICE ART BIENNALE
‘The main idea at the end of the day is quite simple. The scale of a show like this feels more like a fair than an art show, but of course the first thing you want to avoid is the feeling of a fair. So we really tried to create a more tailor-made intervention, especially in the historical capsules,’ Formafantasma tells designboom during our interview. This tailor-made approach succeeds in offering visitors clarity and better orientation in their journey through the thousands of works on display. “This is the first time in a biennale that you have this kind of intervention. Generally, you have a uniform gesture. Here, we had the opportunity to reflect on the overall layout, then on these five micro-exhibitions. Basically, it’s a bit like designing six exhibitions: a general one, then the five smaller ones,’ Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin Explain.
The five historical capsules inside “The Milk of Dreams” are designed as micro-shows within the big show. They provide additional tools for investigation and introspection in relation to this year’s theme and connect works of art from the past – including large museum loans and unconventional selections – to works by contemporary artists. of the surrounding space. Three of the capsules are located in the central pavilion of the Giardini, including “The Witch’s Cradle”, dedicated to surrealist art; ‘Corps Orbite’, which brings together art related to writing; and ‘Technologies of Enchantment’, which features artists who bring somatic complexity to ‘programmed’ artistic creation. Meanwhile, at the Arsenale, visitors will find “A leaf A gourd A shell A net A bag A scarf A bag A bottle A jar A box A container”, a capsule dedicated to the ship; and “Seduction Of The Cyborg,” which borrows feminist theorist Donna Haraway’s framework for viewing included artists as cyborgs. Using 710 meters of Kvadrat textiles from different collections, as well as a curated selection of materials and colors, Formafantasma transformed each of these sections into museum-like spaces.
the theme of the 59th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia | image © designboom
Capsule ‘The Witch’s Cradle’ | image by Roberto Marossi, courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
Capsule ‘The Witch’s Cradle’ | image by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
Capsule “Orbit Body” | image by Roberto Marossi, courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
Capsule “Orbit Body” | image by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
Capsule ‘Technologies of Enchantment’ | image by Roberto Marossi, courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
Capsule ‘Technologies of Enchantment’ | image © designboom