Marino Auriti with his model of the Encyclopedic Palace, c 1950s
Today, the Venice Biennale released a statement with further details on its upcoming 55th edition, slated to run from June 1 – November 24, 2013.
Curator Massimiliano Gioni has chosen to title his upcoming contribution as “The Encyclopedic Palace,” in reference to a project by Italian-American auto-mechanic-turned-artist Marino Auriti:
“On November 16, 1955 [Auriti] filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried – often in vain – to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness. These personal cosmologies, with their delusions of omniscience, shed light on the constant challenge of reconciling the self with the universe, the subjective with the collective, the specific with the general, the individual with the culture of her time.”
As Gioni explains, the contemporary onslaught of information makes attempts to structure how we process and perceive that information all the more important. ““Like the theatres of memory devised in the 16th century by Venetian philosopher Giulio Camillo – mental cathedrals invented to order knowledge through pictures and magical associations – the exhibition “Encyclopedic Palace” will compile a cartography of our image-world, composing a bestiary of the imagination.”
Read the full statement here.