Carlos Scarpa is an Italian Architect influenced by the materials, landscape, and the history of Venetian culture, and Japan. Scarpa translated his interests in history, regionalism, invention, and the techniques of the artist and craftsman into ingenious glass and furniture design. Scarpa is buried adjacent to the Brion sanctuary. Several discrete elements comprise the Brion family burial site: a sloped concrete enclosing wall, two distinct entrances, a small chapel, two covered burial areas (the arcosolium for Giuseppe and Onorina Brion, and one for other family members), a dense grove of cypresses, a prato (lawn), and a private meditation/viewing pavilion, separated from the main prato by a separate and locked entrance, and a heavily vegetated reflecting pool.
Now on view, Projects 102: Neïl Beloufa is the artist’s first solo New York museum exhibition. Created especially for this exhibition, The Colonies (2016) was made by hand, using inexpensive construction materials and techniques. The video at the center of the installation features a group of people in an unnamed city enthusiastically describing their experience there. Beloufa often works collaboratively, and in this instance he teamed up with actors to generate scripts that imitate popular forms like infomercials and science fiction.
[Neïl Beloufa. People’s passion, lifestyle, beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water. 2011. Video, 10 min, 59 sec. Installation view, Schinkel Pavilion, Hopes for the Best, April 4-May 31, 2015. Courtesy the artist, François Ghebaly Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, and ZERO…Milan. Photo: Andreas Rossetti]
Expo 2015 officially opened in Milan, Italy, on May 1. As visitors had their first views of pavilions and displays from countries and corporations around the world, thousands of “NoExpo” protesters took to the streets. They voiced anger about a wide range of issues, from the impact of globalization, corporate influence, and austerity measures to expo-related corruption charges, reports of wasted money, and accusations of hypocrisy around an expensive global exposition with the theme “Feeding the Planet.” A smaller group of violent demonstrators broke off from the larger demonstration, clashing with police and torching cars and businesses. Gathered here are the two stories - the brief but violent outburst and the exhibits on display inside the newly opened Expo 2015.