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With ‘Aqua Alta,’ Artist and Designer Virgil Abloh Tackles the Problem of Climate Change in the World’s Most Famous Sinking City: Venice

Virgil Abloh, a world-renowned artist, discusses the story behind his piece “Aqua Alta” designed in the context of Venice’s rising water for our DYSFUNCTIONAL exhibit. “A lot of my work is informed by societal contexts: the idea of climate change or global warming—or this idea of the earth being this sort of precious place.” Discover more on how fundamental issues are embedded into Abloh’s art.

Three of the world-renowned artistic contributors to DYSFUNCTIONAL, Nacho Carbonell, Michèle Lamy and Studio Drift open up on the creative inspiration behind their works of art for the resplendent Ca’ d’Oro Palazzo in Venice. Carbonell takes the viewer on a mesmorising walk through a forest, Studio Drift explores the never-ending fragility and cycle of life and Lamy takes to the boxing ring to make a statement. Discover more here.

Rethink art, function, time, design and sustainability with DYSFUNCTIONAL. Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Lombard Odier revealed the success of their partnership last week at the opening of the Venice Biennale. Read Forbes write up which gives the reader a glimpse of this special exhibition where the visitor is invited to challenge their perception of art and design in the floors of the Ca d’Oro.

Magically Real: The Verhoeven Twins Tell Stories by Design

The Verhoeven Twins will tell you a story with their art. “You get back to fantasy”, they say. By focusing on positivity and on what brings them joy, they capture a moment of innocence into one design, one product. Using natural elements as a source of inspiration, the Twins’ “magical realism” pushes the boundaries of art. Find out more on their philosophy and technique, and discover how they fuse fantasy, joy and expertise into effortless, unique pieces of art.

Power move: Creative polymath Virgil Abloh on flexing his design muscle, and furniture against climate change

Virgil Abloh’s furniture collection aims to raise awareness on climate change. Wallpaper magazine offers a preview of the artist’s work for the DYSFUNCTIONAL exhibition at the Ca’d’Oro, during the Venice Biennale. Abloh explains that his inspiration came from Venice itself. He reflected on the growing issue of “aqua alta” (high water) in Venice. “With growing concerns about climate change, design is a powerful vehicle to explain that message to a broader public. Anyone can understand a chair”, shares the artist.

Welcome to DYSFUNCTIONAL. Discover the 22 internationally acclaimed artists’ work inspired by the Ca’d’Oro palazzo. Sustainability plays an important role for this exhibition with pieces calling the visitor’s attention to the issues of rising sea levels and plastic pollution. From a flower made light installation to a 128 interactive mirror exhibit, go through a thought-provoking journey into the artists’ interpretation of nature, innovation, history, time and sustainability. With DYSFUNCTIONAL, we take you to a unique experience into Venice’s finest architecture setting, the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti.

Amsterdam-based artist and designer Frederik Molenschot is all about attracting the imagination of the viewer, challenging the status quo and playing with the relationship between art, architecture, design and texture. Renowned for the scale of his work, he constantly reimagines structures and shapes.

How Studio Drift Blends Nature with Technology to Build Kinetic Works of Art

Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn came together to create Studio Drift uniting their creative skills. They push the boundaries of art by bringing together technology and nature. Find out more here on how a simple flower shapes their work.  

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