Venice, Venice Biennale, May 17, 2017
This Year the Swiss pavilion has chosen a curious way to honor a fellow citizen, Alberto Giacometti: a Destructive Passion.
A passion that in the opinion of MI KITSCH KITCHEN is super COOL.
And as neither the boss nor the editor nor the CEO nor the staff think badly about anyone, we do not think that Flora by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchier curated by Phillipp Keiser implies that the painter and sculptor was a sexist , disloyal, and egocentric guy.
MI KITSCH KITCHEN finds out in Venice a fun gossip: Alberto Giacometti never accepted to represent his country, Switzerland, in the Biennal di Venezia. In spite of his country proposed to him several times, and even hired his brother, the architect Bruno Giacometti, in 1952, to design the new pavilion of Switzerland in the Giardini.
But hey you! Not for all the tea in China!.
Giacometti rejected the offer again and again. Nevertheless, he suggested, diplomatically, the name of another artists. The gossip says that Alberto Giacometti was an unpatriotic man, a mate of the world, an individualist, a guy who considered himself an international artist and this was the motive why he should not represent anyone in particular. A posture, of course, super respectable.
But in 1956 it turned out, that he accepted the invitation of France and exposed a group of six plaster figures entitled Femmes de Venise in the French Pavilion. A participation that, in opinion of MI KITSCH KITCHEN, had to lay like a kick in the nuts to his compatriots. Something that is also very understandable too.
At this point of the speech, MI KITSCH KITCHEN recommends all countries not to get too offended by their geniuses, and try to perform Mindfulness exercises to understand that an artist’s EGO is HUGE and EXCESSIVE. And if he/she is a famous one…
Flora installation of the Swiss Pavilion discovers us Flora Mayo, an American sculptor who in 1920 studied in Paris and met Giacometti. They were lovers. A love passion super COOL and intense that ended very bad. Women of Venice reminds us of the absence of Alberto Giacometti from the Swiss Pavilion through the sculptural work of one of his lovers, Flora Mayo.
This installation has three parts:
-A documentary film reimagining Flora Mayo sculpting the bust of Alberto Giacometti while weaving imaginary conversations with him and her son.
– A bust.
-A little photograph in black and white of Flora and Alberto posing with the Flora bust.
Dear followers, the bust of the Swiss Pavilion is just a recreation, the original was destroyed by Flora Mayo in a fit of anger. Keeping in mind that their romance split up disastrously it is understandable, isn´t it?
But do not worry, the WORLD OF ART did not miss too much at all.
P.S: MI KITSCH KITCHEN recommends a trip to Venice Biennale to contemplate the Swiss Pavilion and the installation of Women of Venice. Artistically does not bring so much, it is true, but it’s great gossip.