Press release – March 2017
Faurschou presents Warhol, Rauschenberg, Lemmerz and McCarthy during 57th la Biennale di Venezia 2017
To coincide with the 57th la Biennale di Venezia 2017, Faurschou is pleased to present three important and art historically relevant exhibitions at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini; “Us Silkscreeners…”, Late Series and New Media (Virtual Reality Art). “Us Silkscreeners…” and Late Series provide visitors with valuable insights into some of Rauschenberg’s most powerful works of art, as well as some of the most influential moments in his career. Us Silkscreeners…
The exhibition, “Us Silkscreeners…” takes the story of the very first silkscreen paintings by Rauschenberg and Warhol as its point ofdeparture, namely Rauschenberg’s Renascence and Warhol’s Dollar Bills Series, both completed in 1962. In the spring of that same year, a meeting between the two artists took place, which marked the beginning of a new direction in photo transferring, that would not only impact the artist’s own career, but would also influence the art scene at large, thus, forming Rauschenberg and Warhol’s legacy. Despite employing silkscreens in different ways, both artists shared a common starting point that year, in 1962.
After more than five decades after Rauschenberg received the Golden Lion Award for his breakthrough practice with silkscreens in 1964, Faurschou Foundation is happy to return Rauschenberg to Venice – this time not only focusing on his silkscreens, but also on his later series. The exhibition will include a study room with film, books and further information on the two artists, silkscreens and the meetingin 1962. Faurschou Foundation has also produced an extended catalogue with writings and illustrations to narrate the full story of the earliest silkscreens by Rauschenberg and Warhol in contemporary art.
Building on the story of the very first silkscreens in contemporary art, the exhibition, Late Series, presents two artworks from some ofthe most important later series by Rauschenberg, including Borealis, Urban Bourbon, Night Shade, Shiner, Anagram (A Pun), Scenario, and the last series before his death, Runt. A common thread for all series is the image transfer, which Rauschenberg started in1962, and, ever since, developed and refined in multiple ways.
Robert Rauschenberg was one of the most influential artists of his time and still is. His approach to art was eclectic, consisting of multiple images, materials and photographs transferred or sculpted to the canvas with a large variety of different techniques. Rauschenberg wanted to reflect the world around him in his art and creative activities. Many of his latest works have resultedfrom a lifelong exploration of image-transfer methods, as well as his open-minded attitude towards the world around him.
New Media (Virtual Reality)
Faurschou also presents new media works by the internationally acclaimed artists, Paul McCarthy and Christian Lemmerz. Virtual Reality has made a successful entry onto the global market at an unusually fast pace. In the art world, this medium is entering a groundbreaking period of creating and experiencing art. Khora Contemporary, a platform solely dedicated to virtual art (VR) created as a bridge between artists and Virtual Reality developers, collaborated with Paul McCarthy and Christian Lemmerz, the predecessors within the field, to produce astonishing new media works. Faurschou Foundation invites the visitor to enter new scenarios where the psychological and physical spheres overlap.