Anton Ginzburg "At the Back of the North Wind"

la Biennale di Venezia

June 1 – November 27, 2011

Flo Art Fund, Blaffer Museum and Artpace,  are pleased to present At the Back of the North Wind, an exhibition of new works by Anton Ginzburg, an official collateral program at the 54th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, which will be on display at the Palazzo Bollani from June 1 to November 27, 2011.  Curated by Matthew J.W. Drutt, the collection will feature large-scale sculptural installations, site-specific bas reliefs, photography, paintings, a video installation and works on paper.  

The body of work began with the artist’s observation that mythological patterns were undeniably woven into the fabric of everyday reality – specifically in the tension formed between the actual and the potential – and was expanded by the concept of Hyperborea, a mythical region that has been recently claimed to be discovered on the White Sea in northern Russia. Hyperborea was originally described by the ancient Greek writer Herodotus as the land of the Golden Age, and was thought to be a place of pure bliss, perpetual sunlight and eternal springtime. It has been an inspiration for early modernist thinkers such as Nietzsche and Madame Blavatskaya, while acting as a central theme to the early twentieth century St. Petersburg poetic tradition of Acmeism -- dealing with the “golden age of man.”  Hyperborea continues to excite imagination of global media as the supposed birth-place of numerous cultures and nations.

In developing this project, Ginzburg embarked on a three-part journey, commencing in the American North West (Astoria, Oregon), continuing to St. Petersburg and then to the White Sea, the site of the Soviet Gulag prison camps. Serving as the central narrative force for the exhibition, the 45-minute film is a poetic and evocative record of the expedition to “map the void” and search for the mythological land of Hyperborea, “beyond the Boreas” (beyond the North Wind).  

Anton Ginzburg was born in St. Petersburg in 1974, where he received a classical art education in preparation for the Soviet academy, and emigrated to the United States in 1990, earning a BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1997. His works have been shown at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; White Columns, New York; and the first and second Moscow Biennales, as well as New Orleans, Prospect_1 Biennial. His art is represented in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as well as in private collections around the world.

Anton Ginzburg lives and works in New York. This exhibition marks the artist’s debut showing at la Biennale di Venezia.

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