'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice

a group of distinctly unusual travellers have arrived in the city for the venice art biennale 2019. loaded with luggage, the visitors have all disembarked the canal boats and dispersed across the ancient city, through the maze-like narrow streets and into historic palaces, churches, theaters and galleries – organized with the patronage of the city of venice. numbering nearly 30 bronze sculpturesbruno catalano’s ‘travelers’ with ravagnan gallery resemble incomplete human forms that blend into their locations and act as a void to see the surrounding world.

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
‘van gogh II’ sculpture inside the goldoni theatre (main image too)
all images courtesy of ravagnan gallery

 

 

the ‘travelers’ by bruno catalano with ravagnan gallery is a multi-site exhibition that unites the franco-italian artist’s most recent work across venice. each bronze sculpture is characterized by the incompleteness of the central part of their bodies. with their natural and instantly understandable shape, the human forms still reference ‘classicism’ despite the shredding and absence of their middle body. the artist claims that they reflect the relationship between completeness and emptiness that has distinguished the large part of the 20th century.

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice

 

 

either alone or in small groups, the sculptures lace together our path in a journey across the city. the ‘van gogh II’ figure welcomes visitors into the foyer of the goldoni theatre, ‘blue de chine’ looks across the grand canal from the terrace of the sina centurion palace, and gathering of differently sized models are on full display at the historic ravagnan gallery in st mark’s square, with a new gallery having also opened in dorsoduro. a congregation of bronze and terracotta meet inside the church of san gallo, a small 16th century oratory, for an exhibition titled ‘set that baggage down’.

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
the ‘set that baggage down’ exhibition inside the church of san gallo

 

 

the exhibition comprises four characters, three males called ‘hubert’, ‘raphael’ and ‘bachir’ and one female named ‘lauralou’. the bronze sculptures are reflected in a mirrored effect, with their respective terracotta models opposite them in the middle of the room. there is a contrast between the completeness and emptiness of the forms, but they bring to light the creative process of bruno catalano. inside the church, the artist places his own luggage as the true symbol of the journey – an object were we can carry items and also our hopes and dreams for a better future.

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
the four bronze models are each reflected by their respective ‘complete’ terracotta statues

 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
bruno catalano inside the church of san gallo

 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
‘blue de chine’ sculpture on the terrace of the sina centurion palace

 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
‘blue de chine’ looks out across the grand canal

 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
the new ravagnan gallery in dorsoduro

 

'incomplete' sculptures of travelers by bruno catalano dock in venice
ravagnan gallery in st mark’s square

 

 

exhibition info:

 

gallery: ravagnan gallery

artist: bruno catalano

title: travelers

city: venice

locations: church of san gallo, goldoni theatre, sina centurion palace, ravagnan gallery in st mark’s square, and the new gallery in dorsoduro

dates: may 7 – november 24, 2019

event: venice art biennale 2019

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