About the Commission: Foundation for the Lavanderia—The Old Laundry

Icelandic Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 24, 2013 6:11PM

For the Pavilion of Iceland at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2013, Katrín Sigurdardóttir has created a large-scale sculptural intervention titled Foundation for the Lavanderia—The Old Laundry at Palazzo Zenobio. The artist has created a floating platform covered by ornate, baroque-inspired tiles, measuring approximately 90 square meters. The outline of the architectural structure takes its form from the footprint of a typical 18th-century pavilion, intersecting both interior and exterior spaces of this auxiliary building.

The project is born from the artist’s career-long exploration of distance and memory and their embodiments in architecture, urbanism, cartography, and landscape. After la Biennale di Venezia, the piece will travel to the Reykjavík Art Museum and then to the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York.

Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Foundation, 2013.

Icelandic Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale