About the Commission: Ravel Ravel Unravel

French Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 17, 2013 10:51PM

For the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty—or the Treaty of Friendship—France and Germany trade pavilions for the 55th annual Venice Biennale. Step into the Pavilion to watch films by Anri Sala—streamed simultaneously—of two renowned pianists playing piano with only their left hands.

"This brings me back to something that’s very important to me: how the human body produces music," Sala said of the work. "The fact that one doesn’t play the piano with both hands completely reverses the relation between the fingers and the melody."

Prise de vue lors des travaux de tournage de l’œuvre Ravel Ravel d’Anri Sala, à la Maison de l’Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, avec l’Orchestre National de France, sous la direction de Didier Benetti  - courtesy : Anri Sala ; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris ; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York ; Hauser & Wirth, Zurich/Londres – Photo : © Julien Mignot / Eté 80.

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French Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale