Stephen Chambers

The Court of Redonda

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

57th International Art Exhibition Collateral Events Ca’ Dandolo, San Polo, 2879 (Calle del Traghetto San Tomà)
13 May – 26 November 2017
The British artist Stephen Chambers presents an installation of paintings conceived for the historic setting of Ca’ Dandolo, Venice. The Court of Redonda explores the creation of myths, articulating the role played by artists in envisaging a world not how it is, but how it could be - one that is not necessarily wholly tethered in reality. Redonda is a tiny, uninhabited island in the Eastern West Indies, with an honorary kingship that is passed through literary lineage. Chambers was introduced to the legend of Redonda by the writings of the Spanish novelist Javier Marías, and has found in the story a labyrinthine weave of visual possibilities. Over 100 portraits of an imaginary court hang in the piano nobile of the ancient palazzo. The Court of Redonda offers a compelling insight into Chambers’ work and follows major exhibitions at the Royal Academy, London (2012), and the Pera Museum, Istanbul (2014). The exhibition is curated by Emma Hill.

 

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9 August 2017

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The Court of Redonda
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
13 May – 26 November 2017
3 August 2017

Stephen Chambers

Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda Venice Biennale 2017
 
The Court of Redonda
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
13 May – 26 November 2017
14 May 2017

Stephen Chambers

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The Court of Redonda
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
13 May – 26 November 2017

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