On the occasion of the next Venice Biennale 2024 the Swiss Pavilion is preparing to undergo an almost mythological metamorphosis thanks to the artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor, transforming in a sort of visionary and surreal theatre.
The credit goes to the exhibition "Superior Civilizations", commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, which will transport the public on a journey through fantastic worlds and profound reflections.
Curated by Andrea Bellini, the exhibition showcases the sixth and seventh chapters of Guerreiro's "Superfictional World Atlas", a highly ambitious project to which the Swiss artist Brazilian has been studying for at least twenty years.
It is essentially a universal map with allegorical touchesthat explores the connections between urban space and the collective imagination, architecture and culture. ideology, political propaganda and national identity.
The Swiss Pavilion therefore becomes the stage of an immersive project, of a total work of art where classic architectural elements such as columns, capitals, fountains and marbles evoke, not without irony, the presumed racial dominance of the West over the rest of the world through themes such as power and supremacy.
This scaffolding dominated by fake marble is the backdrop to the two main installations of the Pavilion.
The first is "The Miracle of Helvetia", a video that depicts an allegorical Switzerland, a sort of Eden where nature and technology, capitalism and democracy, merge in a surreal balance. A true show that thrives on life of its own but which at the same time acts as an introduction - thanks to a very long corridor - to the subsequent project, entitled "Roma Talismano".
Here the Brazilian singer and artist Ventura Profana will transform into the Capitoline she-wolf.
Her task? Guide visitors through the exploits of three allegorical animals: the she-wolf, the universal mother from which superior beings descend; the eagle, symbol of Roman war supremacy; and the lamb, which embodies, in Christian Rome, the very idea of innocence.
An imaginative representation of Roman civilization and its symbols through the centuries but also an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which we celebrate our culture every day thanks to art.
Through its baroque style and its irreverence Guerreiro do Divino Amor pokes fun at stereotypes and clichés, inviting the public to do the same by redefining their own cultural perspectives. It is no coincidence that a project like "Superior Civilizations" is now landing in the Lagoon.
In an era of political divisions and tensions, the idea of a fantasy world through which to give due weight to the symbols of our past has almost the effect of a balm.