Michael Parekowhai to represent NZ at Venice Biennale - Art Collector

17 January 2011 | The Arts Council of New Zealand has selected Michael Parekowhai as the New Zealand representative for the 2011 Venice Biennale.

His new work
On first looking into Chapman's Homer pays tribute to the poem of the same title by the nineteenth-century English romantic poet John Keats, and references notions of discovery, exploration, and the cultural interplay between the old and new worlds.

Music and performance will be a central aspect of the installation. Parekowhai says: "While the objects in
On first looking into Chapman's Homer are important, much of the real meaning of the work will come through music, which fills space like no object can."

Commissioner Jenny Harper adds: "
On first looking at Chapman's Homer is topical and Michael Parekowhai will create a sense of drama and surprise for the audiences."

This year the New Zealand Pavilion will be in the Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore on the Grand Canal near the Accademia. This 15th century gothic palace once belonged to the noble Loredan family and was the birthplace of two doges of Venice. This is the first time that the palazzo will host a national pavilion for the Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale runs from 4 June to 23 October 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Michael Parekowhai, Horn Of Africa, 2006. Automotive paint, wood, fibreglass, steel, brass 395 x 200 x 260cm. Courtesy: Creative New Zealand

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