- Medida Incerta. Portugal at the International Art Exhibition in Venice
“Medida Incerta” or “Uncertain Measure” is the name of Portugal's participation in the recently inaugurated 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, called “Viva Arte Viva”, curated by Christine Macel (link). This is an exhibition of the artworks of José Pedro Croft, one of the Eighties generation's leading sculptors in Portugal, and is curated by João Pinharanda in the garden of the historical Villa Heriot in Giudecca.
Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino continue their collaboration with Portugal through this project.
Already in 2012, the two creatives had curated, produced and organised the collateral event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, called “Alvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” (journey without a plan), an exhibition focusing on portraits and drawings by Alvaro Siza (who in that same year was the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement) and hosted in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. In a few days, this exhibition will be back in Italy, on 8 June to be exact, and will be shown exclusively at the FAB Castellarano (link).
In 2016, for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Betti and Ruffino were called in as the Local Studio overseeing Portugal's participation, dedicated to Alvaro Siza. Involved by Roberto Cremascoli and Nuno Grande, the curators of “Neighbourhood - Where Álvaro meets Aldo”, they were the local overseers of the development stages of the project completed on the unfinished construction site of Campo di Marte at the Giudecca.
To create “Medida Incerta”, Studio COR Arquitectos from Porto on behalf of DGArtes (General Direction of Arts of the Portuguese Government) as producer of the Portuguese Pavilion, has involved Raul Betti and Greta Ruffino as local studio (Dumbo Design Studio) with the development and follow up - assisted by architect Valentina Vettori - the relations with the City of Venice and the Authority in charge during the phases of setting up the interiors and the temporary installation of six, 8-metre tall monumental sculptures in the garden of Villa Heriot, opposite the social housing operation designed by the architect, Alvaro Siza. Pedro Croft also designed the fountain that will be constructed in Campo di Marte, adjoining the complex of Villa Hèriot.
José Pedro Croft
Curator: João Pinharanda
Ministry of Culture of Portugal
Luís Filipe de Castro Mendes, Minister of Culture
Miguel Honrado, Secretary of State of Culture
Project Production and Co-Management: COR Arquitectos
57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia “Viva Arte Viva”
13 May to 26 November 2017
Curator: Christine Macel
Official website of the 2017 International Art Exhibition: www.labiennale.org
Location: Villa Heriot, Giudecca, Venice
Images: Daniel Malhão