April 18, 2015 - New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - New Zealand Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale—opening dates
April 18, 2015

New Zealand Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale—opening dates

Waihopai Station secure communications facility, 1990s. Photo: Nicky Hager.

Secret Power
9 May–22 November 2015

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana 
Monumental Rooms 
Piazzetta San Marco 13/A
Entrance next to Gran Caffé Chioggia in Piazzetta San Marco
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm

Marco Polo Airport
Arrivals Lounge (airside area—the installation cannot be viewed unless you are arriving on a flight)

www.nzatvenice.com

Arrivals at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport will be among the first to see one of the two installations that form Simon Denny’s Secret Power exhibition for the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

Now being installed, Simon Denny’s project for the New Zealand pavilion is split across two spaces—the arrivals areas of the Marco Polo Airport and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Piazzetta San Marco. The installation at the airport is situated within the airside area, unmissable for passengers arriving within both the Schengen and non-Schengen arrivals halls. 

Secret Power addresses the intersection of knowledge and geography in the post-Snowden era. It investigates current and obsolete languages for describing geo-political space, focusing on the roles played by technology and design. The contexts and histories of both venues provide highly productive frameworks for Secret Power, and have been directly engaged with through the work. 

This major project follows the opening of the largest US museum solo exhibition of Simon Denny’s work to date. Simon Denny: The Innovator’s Dilemma at MoMA PS1 adopts the architectural typology of the industry trade show, staging literal platforms for content drawn from recent bodies of his work. It is on view 3 April to 7 September 2015.  

Press tour: 6 May, 9–10am
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Monumental Rooms (see directions above)

Please contact:
Kate Burvill: T +00 44 7947 754 717 / kateburvill [​at​] gmail.com
or Philippe Fouchard-Filippi: T +00 33 660 211 194 / info [​at​] fouchardfilippi.com

Vernissage: 6–8 May, 10am–7pm

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Monumental Rooms (see directions above)

Marco Polo Airport
Arrivals Lounge (airside area)
The installation cannot be viewed unless you are arriving on a flight.

For further information go to www.nzatvenice.com or follow on Facebook at NZatVeniceBiennale and Twitter at @NZatVenice.

New Zealand’s presence at the Biennale Arte 2015is led by Creative New Zealand – Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa with key partner Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, supporting partners College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi Massey University and City Gallery Wellington, and generous support from the New Zealand at Venice Patrons, Galerie Buchholz, Michael Lett, Petzel Gallery and T293. 

The Marco Polo Airport installation received significant support from Arounder.com/VRway Communication, SAVE S.p.A (Marco Polo Airport), Marta Fontolan, Liv Barrett, Lonti Ebers, Danny and Lisa Goldberg, Friedrich Petzel, Jackson Tang and other private donors.

For media or image enquiries, contact: 

International press 
Kate Burvill PR & Philippe Fouchard-Filippi (Fouchard-Filippi Communications)
Kate Burvill: T +00 44 7947 754 717 / kateburvill [​at​] gmail.com 
Philippe Fouchard-Filippi: Tel: +00 33 660 211 194 / info [​at​] fouchardfilippi.com

For Australia and New Zealand 
Sarah Pomeroy, Senior Communications Adviser, Creative New Zealand 
T +00 64 (0) 27 677 8070 / sarah.pomeroy [​at​] creativenz.govt.nz

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