About the Film

From her Brooklyn studio in a former brick factory, sculptor Carol Bove maneuvers a colossal ceiling gantry to piece together her commanding, albeit delicate sculptures. “The power of illusion is one of the things I get the most excited about,” she says. “I return to this idea a lot of the time of the heavy material appearing to be light.…I’m getting off the ground by starting in the air.” Evoking the work of 20th-century Abstract Expressionist sculptors like Mark di Suvero and John Chamberlain, Bove’s large-scale, often site-specific creations have garnered international renown in recent years.

The Swiss Pavilion’s theme, “Women of Venice,” borrows its title from a famous group of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti and responds to his refusal to represent Switzerland at the Biennale during his lifetime. Inspired by his multi-figure compositions, Bove created seven royal-blue columnar sculptures—collectively titled Les Pléiades, after the seven daughters of Atlas—for the pavilion’s outdoor courtyard. “Giacometti didn’t want to show in the Swiss Pavilion because he identified as an international artist,” Bove explains. “Of course, we don’t want to be defined by our country, our gender, all of these accidental things—we just want to be artists.”

For the most immersive 3D experience, watch in Google Cardboard via the YouTube app.


Featuring Carol Bove

Produced by Scenic

Production Team for Scenic:

Gary Hustwit, Maya Tippett, Jarrard Cole, Lucy Raven, Enrico Lenarduzzi

Production Team for Artsy:

Marina Cashdan, Head of Editorial and Creative Director

Owen Dodd, Designer

Demie Kim, Assistant Project Manager

Alexxa Gotthardt, Staff Writer

Sound mix: Mike Frank

Colorist: Sandy Patch Music: Arp & Anthony Moore

Presented in collaboration with UBS.

Jun 21, 2017 4:00am
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