Last days | Biennale Cuvée 2013

Cinthia Marcelle is one of the participants of Biennale Cuvée 2013. The artist presents three works at the show: 475 Volver, Cruzada and Fonte 193.

Along the way through the OK-Center, visitors find more than twenty outstanding examples of contemporary art, collected from the most renowned biennials, from Venice to Sao Paulo. For Höhenrausch visitors, this selection of art, this “Biennale Cuvée”, offers a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the unbounded vitality and the sensuous quality of contemporary art.

For the fourth time now, OK Labor is showcasing a selection of artistic projects that featured at some of the world’s key biennials in recent years at its current *Biennale Cuvée* exhibition. The title “Cuvée” alludes to the particularly good mix that OK has put together from the global phenomenon of biennials. Biennials are still the most important exhibition format in the contemporary art world, even though they are geographically so dispersed that they remain the preserve of a small group of travelling art professionals and local audiences. The major biennials in Latin America or rather South America and Asia, generally showcase artists not yet represented in the European market. The scope and quality of these events naturally not only depend on the particular location but first and foremost on the curatorial concept. For instance, at the last São Paulo Biennale, an unusually high number of North Brazilian artists were showcased along with some museum pieces of European conceptual art. The Biennale in Havana, on the other hand, bucked the current trend in presenting some large-scale installations and locally specific works from artists largely unknown here in Europe.

OK’s *Cuvée* not only showcases a multi-layered cross-section of contemporary art, but offers a global, rather than purely Eurocentric, window on the world. The works exhibited here were previously on show at biennials in places like Berlin, Busan, Genk, Havana, Istanbul, Liverpool, Montevideo, Paris, São Paulo and Venice. Equally international are the 20 artists represented here, who come from 19 different countries of origin. What they all have in common is an affiliation with the younger or middle-age artist generation, as well as great potential and very little previous exposure in Austria. In our view, their works are truly “state of the art”, since they not only reflect current art trends but also the access OK has to contemporary art per se. Their artistic methods are captivatingly sensual and innovative, and the range of works displayed extends from atmospheric installations to political statements.

Artists:
ANDREW ALTER GOGO ESIEBO, CINTHIA MARCELLE, EDUARDO BASUALDO, ERGUN KÖKEN, FAYÇAL BAGHRICHE, FLORIN VĂTĂMANU, GABRIEL VALANSI, HANDER LARA, ILENE SECRET MUSEUM OF MANKIND, JOTA IZQUIERDO, LEE YONGBAEK, MIKHAIL & ORLOW, MONA & TUDOR, OLAF NICOLAI, RAFAEL GOMEZ BARROS, SEGALOVE, URIEL KARIKIS, VALIE EXPORT, YINKA SHONIBARE, YTO BARRADA, ZBYNĚK BALADRÁN

Marcelle was one of PIPA’s four finalists in 2010 and is a 2013 nominee. Visit her page to learn more about her career and works.

(Linz, Austria)

Biennale Cuvée 2013
From May 16th till October 6th 2013.

OK Center for Contemporary Art.
OK Offenes Kulturhaus Upper Austria
OÖ Kulturquartier, OK-Platz 1, 4020 Linz – Austria
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