Sentimental Value: Rudolf Stingel at the Palazzo Grassi

Echoing our Megatrend forecast for F/W 14, Sentiment, New York-based artist Rudolf Stingel has earnestly lined the entire interior of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, with a digitized copy of a classic Ottoman carpet.

Gargantuan in size and completely breathtaking on the eyes, Stingel’s installation takes up over 5,000 meters of space, across two floors and numerous rooms, and marks the first time the Palazzo Grassi has consigned an entire exhibition to a single artist and their work.

The carpet itself comprises a rich tapestry of geometric shapes and traditional floral motifs (purposefully worn to evoke notions of time and history) in deep hues of red and navy. These colors – evocative of those seen in traditional Eastern Europe dress – are offset by black and white painted canvases that are intermittently hung throughout the space and feature religious icons, and characters such as late Austrian artist Franz West.

“The Oriental pattern of the carpet (which Stingel has used since the early nineties as an autonomous pictorial element) not only invades the floors but the walls as well in a continuity that overthrows the ordinary spatial relationships between the spectator and the painting,” explains curator Elena Geuna.

Explore the Eastern Bloc-inspired aesthetic of Sentiment in our Forecast section of the site. Stingel’s installation be open to the public until December 31, 2013 – visit the Palazzo Grassi website for more information. – Samantha Fox

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