boat installation


Vik Muniz
Lampedusa, 2015
a 45 foot wood and paper boat
on view at the 56th Venice Biennale

Muniz created this work in response to the tragedy that unfolded in October 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, leaving up to 360 dead.The wooden structure of Muniz’s Lampedusa was fabricated by expert Venetian artisans. It is emblazoned with a giant reproduction of an Italian newspaper reporting on the immigrant tragedy.

The all-around terrible North Korean Najin-class frigate, a ship filled with manually-operated cannons reminiscent of WWII, first-generation anti-ship missiles taken from decommissioned Osa-class missiles boats, which were hastily installed on the ship is such a way they could potentially sink her, terrible and outdated electronics, and just a plain ugly design.

Truly, the NK navy surface fleet looks more like a riverside brown water fleet than an actual seas-going fleet.


Last chance! Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, featuring a cross-medium selection of works created in the past three decades by more than 30 international artists, ends Monday. In this video, hear artist Cai Guo-Qiang recount the third-century tale that inspired his work Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows.