AUSTIN, Texas — In a strange sequence of events, it seems that the Hefner Empire wants — and has recently obtained — a lease on 6,500 square feet of land west of Marfa, Texas, which is best known in the art world as the home of artist Donald Judd’s Chinati and Judd Foundations.
During the Biennale, innumerable numbers of events take place outside of the official Biennale grounds of the Giardini and Arsenale, especially from countries that couldn’t afford pavilions inside the Arsenale. They either rented out abandoned spaces near it, like the Iraqi pavilion did, or, if they couldn’t afford that, asked friends who own a little art gallery in between gift shops if they could use their space. Here are some oddities of note.
Few designers would be inspired when a fire nearly incinerates the archives containing their entire œuvre. But Helmut Lang, the Austrian-born designer who’s always been somewhat of an anomaly, didn’t waste the opportunity when his imagination was set ablaze.