Jenny Holzer

In cooperation with the Written Art Foundation of Frankfurt, Germany, the Museo Correr of Venice is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Jenny Holzer. A collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale, the Correr show will open on May 6, 2015 and remain on view through November 22, 2015. 

The works on exhibit have been selected from a decade of the artist’s war paintings. These take as their starting point declassified and other sensitive U.S. government documents concerning the global War on Terror that followed the events of September 11, 2001, as well as the United States military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Holzer’s painting are drawn from memoranda, autopsy reports, planning maps, diplomatic communiqués, interrogation records, and the handwritten cris de cœur of detainees themselves—which prior to release to the public, the censor heavily redacted.

Holzer’s work was first shown in Venice as the official entry of the United States at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990, where it was awarded the Golden Lion. In 1999, five evenings of projections were presented at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the isola San Giorgio Maggiore; and in 2003, projections were presented on the Grand Canal facades of the Palazzo Corner and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Three of Holzer’s benches are part of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection, where they may be found in the garden.


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