'The Last land' by Hans Schabus (Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale)

'The Last land' by Hans Schabus (Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale)


Venice, Italy (IT)
APOLLO'S prize for best pavilion, however, goes to Austria. A forty-metre-high mountain has sprung up and enveloped the building, the corners of which occasionally protrude from the artificial rock face. Hans Schabus's The Last Land is a wooden structure, complete with staircases, covered with a basic roofing fabric. Visitors enter the mountain, and take the wooden stairs into the building, then through a gap in its roof--where broken paint and metal girders become visible--to the peak, where a chimney-like balcony offers (apart from vertigo) a view of the nearby pavilions. While much contemporary art is in the form of installations, few have collapsed so completely the interior and exterior of a gallery.
APOLLO'S prize for best pavilion, however, goes to Austria. A forty-metre-high mountain has sprung up and enveloped the building, the corners of which occasionally protrude from the artificial rock face. Hans Schabus's The Last Land is a wooden structure, complete with staircases, covered with a basic roofing fabric. Visitors enter the mountain, and take the wooden stairs into the building, then through a gap in its roof--where broken paint and metal girders become visible--to the peak, where a chimney-like balcony offers (apart from vertigo) a view of the nearby pavilions. While much contemporary art is in the form of installations, few have collapsed so completely the interior and exterior of a gallery.
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Links: www.biennale-schabus.at
By: kjfitz

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