OPEN2OO6 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

The prerogative of OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations, is the 'art' of catching the visitor unawares along the avenues and in the Hotels (the Westin Excelsior, Des Bains and Hungaria) of Venice Lido with an immensely rich selection of artistic works that are mostly 'site specific'. The show, as conceived by Paolo De Grandis, uses an exhibition strategy with an undeniably high impact to overcome the routine rhetoric incumbent even in the undercurrents of the more 'fringe' circuits.

The operation not only experiments the use of artists from all over the world who, in a climate of mutual exchange, give shape to a highly striking exhibition itinerary, but also exploits the enchanting green parks animated by the procession of celebrities at the Cinema Festival. OPEN is a pioneering stimulus that presents art by metaphorically playing it on expressive strings, poised between form and space and above all in the visual dimension, to reveal the positive sense of individual and collective advancement in interactive artistic experience.

The exhibition, curated by Paolo De Grandis, Vincenzo Sanfo and Chang Tsong-zung is organised by Arte Communications in collaboration with the Executive Committee for Cultural Production of the Venice District Council and the Centro Italiano per le Arti e la Cultura di Torino (Italian Centre of Art and Culture of Turin).

While previous editions attempted to establish a pluralist core, capable of determining the creative itineraries of internationally recognised artists, this ninth edition, with an even larger number of participants (43), will also give voice to a series of artists from the Academy of Fine Arts, who, after being marginalised or even completely omitted in every international exhibition event, can now find a chance for a real, vibrant confrontation. This decision of the curators, backed up by Gloria Vallese, is expected to give a new impetus, to be expressed in a common exhibition itinerary that will confirm the state of affairs of the experience of the international academies and the results produced.

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