Special event

Past Event

An exhibition presenting Renata Morales and Marina Abramović on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale

*Please note that the exhibition takes place in Venice, Italy and not in Montreal.

Free admission

Wednesday to Monday: 10 AM to 7 PM

How to get there?
At the Ca' Rezzonico Gallery, next to the to the Ca’Rezzonico Museum
Dorsoduro 2793 and 2793A, Venice

Phi will join the cultural landscape of the 58th Venice Biennale with the immersive work of two female artists. The exhibition includes a mixed media installation entitled Invasor, by Mexican artist Renata Morales, and Rising, a virtual reality piece by Marina Abramović that explores the effects of climate change and ascending sea levels.

Renata Morales - Invasor

Renata Morales’ Invasor is the culmination of a two year residency with Phi Centre. An installation of 70 used tires painted in glossy candy shades and huge self-portraits printed on distressed textiles to create a dystopian universe of opposites. Morales’ composite figures of assembled media challenge our perceptions of texture, touch, beauty, solace, and violence.

Marina Abramović - Rising

Produced by Acute Art, Rising addresses climate change by transporting viewers to witness the effects of rising sea levels. Wearing an immersive headset, viewers enter an intimate virtual space, where they come face-to-face with the artist, who beckons from within a glass tank that is slowly filling with water. Visitors are invited to make contact with the virtual Abramović, finding themselves surrounded by a dramatic scene of melting polar ice caps.

Renata Morales

Renata Morales was born in Mexico City and later immigrated to Canada with her family as a young woman. She settled in Montreal where her artistic practice flourished. Inspired by what is broken down and corroded, her art is both mixed and multi medium. With intuitive force, Renata Morales challenges traditional methods by reimagining ceramic sculpture, textile, painting and photography resulting in her first major solo show outside of Mexico. This exhibition shows us her inner world while also conjuring up the unique setting of Ceramica Suro, the renowned Mexican ceramics factory where Morales has been producing work since 2016.

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović, RA, was born in 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia. She moved to Amsterdam in 1976 and has lived in New York since 2001. Her pioneering works of performance art have made her the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide at institutions including Kunstmuseum and Grosse Halle, Bern, Switzerland and La Gallera, Valencia, Spain (1998); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005) Museum of Modern Art, New York in (2010); the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2011); Kunsthalle, Vienna (2012). Abramović’s work was also included in Documenta VI, VII and IX (1977, 1982 and 1992); Venice Biennale 1976 and 1997, with the exhibition of Balkan Baroque in the latter earning her the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist

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