Querini Stampalia seems an apt setting for the work of Danh Vo, an artist whose work spans continents and generations. The 16th-century Venetian palace is decorated with patrician furniture and religious marbles but also modernist chandeliers and contemporary design elements that juxtapose with Mannerist art. And here, the White Cube artist explores that intersection of history.
Vo adds his own work into the melange, along with select pieces by Park Seo-Bo, the 90-year-old Korean artist considered the father of the ‘Dansaekhwa’ movement, and the late design hero Isamu Noguchi, whose style is still emulated around the world.
Contemporary objects sit in harmony and opposition to one another in the labyrinthine corridors and dark corners of the palace – like Noguchi’s signature Akari lamps and Park’s nebulous Écriture paintings, which explore notions of time, space and material with indecipherable scrawls of pencil on paint.
Vo describes the exhibition as a single, large sculpture, interspersed with snapshots from his garden outside Berlin. He describes the flowers in their Latin terms – his way of bridging the gap in understanding between himself and his German-speaking gardener.
The exhibition runs through late November at Fondazione Querini Stampalia.