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AWAKENER/LIFEBANK AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is a special project by artist Koen Vanmechelen within the collateral event GLASST

As a special project within the collateral event GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA, Koen Vanmechelen exhibits a triptych at three locations continuing his exploration of biological and cultural diversity. AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is shown at the third floor of Palazzo Franchetti, at the exhibition space of Fondazione Berengo on the Island of Murano and at the B Restaurant. This expansive installation, in cooperatio

As a special project within the collateral event GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA, Koen Vanmechelen exhibits a triptych at three locations continuing his exploration of biological and cultural diversity. AWAKENER/LIFEBANK is shown at the third floor of Palazzo Franchetti, at the exhibition space of Fondazione Berengo on the Island of Murano and at the B Restaurant. This expansive installation, in cooperatio

photo's from last weeks conversation between Koen Vanmechelen and Carlo Petrini on biodiversity, art and beauty. Glasstr...
01/10/2015

photo's from last weeks conversation between Koen Vanmechelen and Carlo Petrini on biodiversity, art and beauty. Glasstress La Biennale di Venezia Fondazione Berengo

Rai.tv visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at the La Biennale di Venezia Glasstress Slow Food "Koen Vanmechelen came up with the i...
22/07/2015
TG2 13:00 del giorno 21/07/2015 servizio n. 16

Rai.tv visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at the La Biennale di Venezia Glasstress Slow Food

"Koen Vanmechelen came up with the idea of organizing an exposition that stands for the earthly paradise in which the spectators can sow the seeds themselves. The two big hands that can be seen in this coverage are a symbol of protection of those seeds. Life Bank and its 500 different seeds are located in the old bank Franchetti, a symbol for “the bank of the seeds”."

Dario Colombo on Twitter
20/07/2015
Dario Colombo on Twitter

Dario Colombo on Twitter

“Su si parla del Cosmopolitan chicken di e del Life Bank di ”

TL magazine / Pro Materia visited the installation at the La Biennale di Venezia and found if quiet  Glasstress
12/07/2015
TLmag på Twitter

TL magazine / Pro Materia visited the installation at the La Biennale di Venezia and found if quiet Glasstress

“ on Murano Island impressive ”

AWAKENER/LIFEBANK was published in this article of Tableau Fine Arts Magazine as a show on exceptional visions, complica...
29/06/2015

AWAKENER/LIFEBANK was published in this article of Tableau Fine Arts Magazine as a show on exceptional visions, complicated stories in the past and insecure futures in today's alarming times.

The public success of Glasstress Gotika LIFEBANK (Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Franchetti) at the 56th La Biennale di Ven...
23/06/2015

The public success of Glasstress Gotika LIFEBANK (Fondazione Berengo, Palazzo Franchetti) at the 56th La Biennale di Veneziagoes on: last Saturday, within the 5th edition of Venice Art Night, Lifebank renewed its relationship with an audience always more interested to the topics of bio-diversity. The site specific installation of Koen Vanmechelen, using the materials of iron, wood, bronze and Murano glass, interprets the themes promoted by Slow Food, partner of the project, and embodied in this dynamic exhibition of more than 500 ancient seeds varieties, greenhouses and “Gardens of Eden” filled with a selection of ancient varieties of plants and trees: an artistic journey for the soul that interacts with the viewers even through a symbolic seeding, conceived by the Bio-Social Farm “Il Rosmarino” and inspired by the theories of the Japanese botanic sensei Fukuoka.

We are very honored to announce that during their stay in Venice Michelle Obama visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK and had lunch ...
20/06/2015
Michelle Obama 'happy' to be in Venice - English

We are very honored to announce that during their stay in Venice Michelle Obama visited AWAKENER/LIFEBANK and had lunch between the mushrooms.

Michelle Obama said she was happy to be in Venice when she arrived for a visit on Friday, Veneto Governor Luca Zaia said. © ANSA

GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA - GALA DINNER
18/06/2015

GLASSTRESS 2015 GOTIKA - GALA DINNER

Partendo dalla Fondazione Berengo Studio e dall'artista Koen Vanmechelen, un grazie a Tino Vettorello, Rist. Tre Panoce, che ha ben rappresentato il Gruppo Ristoratori della Marca Trevigiana con i suoi aperitivi agli antichi cereali, le scenografie e l'organizzazione generale, un grazie a Pietro Leemann, Ristorante Joia Chef Pietro Leemann, per il suggestivo menu dedicato alla bio-diversità, a Piergiorgio Defilippi, Fattoria Biologica Il Rosmarino, per ciò che rappresenta e per l'ottimo prodotto che ha fornito agli chef, e soprattutto grazie a Slow Food Veneto e Slow Food Italia per la splendida collaborazione.
Foto di Tomas Durante

Within LIFEBANK's interactive and multi-sensorial area life keeps 'pouring' out of the fertile ground. Thanks to the aud...
16/06/2015

Within LIFEBANK's interactive and multi-sensorial area life keeps 'pouring' out of the fertile ground. Thanks to the audience engagement into a symbolic seeding inspired by the agricultural philosophy of 'natural farming' of the Japanese botanist Masanobu Fukuoka, author of the legendary essay “The One-Straw Revolution.

After Nyne has dedicated a full article to Glasstress 2015 GOTIKA, "which is absolutely one of the highlights of the La ...
12/06/2015
After Nyne @ Venice Biennale: Glasstress 'Gothika' 56 Le Biennale Venice

After Nyne has dedicated a full article to Glasstress 2015 GOTIKA, "which is absolutely one of the highlights of the La Biennale di Venezial", the magazine says.

"A beautiful bust of a Medusa like figure with roosters and chickens coming from her head carries his dialogue and fascination for his larger installations and projects with his obsession of the bird and nature" -After Nyne

► Read the full article: http://bit.ly/1Iz2ElZ

For their latest piece in our After Nyne @ Venice Biennale series, our representatives on the scene – Richard Scarry and Chippy Coates report from Glasstress. Glasstress has become a major attrac...

new month; new seeds for our LIFEBANK
08/06/2015

new month; new seeds for our LIFEBANK

E con l'inizio di giugno abbiamo portato dei nuovi semi da piantare durante l'esposizione AWAKENER/LIFEBANK a Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti per La Biennale di Venezia:
Lenticchie, Mais Bianco Perla, Zucca, Grano saraceno, Cicerchia e il nostro Farro Monococco.

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04/06/2015

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In the  at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti the first sprout has risen from its seed. It is wonderful to witness how the o...
18/05/2015

In the at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti the first sprout has risen from its seed. It is wonderful to witness how the old Banca di Venezia has been transformed into a source of new life.

As a special project within Glasstress 2015 GOTIKA , Koen Vanmechelen has transformed the top floor of the Palazzo Caval...
13/05/2015

As a special project within Glasstress 2015 GOTIKA , Koen Vanmechelen has transformed the top floor of the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in a site-specific installation entitled AWAKENER/LIFEBANK. In collaboration with the Slow Food International Movement the former Banca di Venezia is converted into a ‘Gothic garden’ featuring seeds of grains, vegetables and herbs alongside two colossal bronze hands by the artist and references to the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. It represents, together with the second part of the installation in Murano, the artist’s statement for our new generation. Crossbreeding is the key, and biocultural diversity is essential for our survival. The Berengo Foundation houses a biological breeding center, combining elements with undeniable scientific value; chicken, a living dromedary and mushrooms with in its center an impressive light box.

Opening Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA and AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at la Bienn
12/05/2015

Opening Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA and AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at la Bienn

Last weekend Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA, a joint project of the Государственный Эрмитаж. The State Hermitage museum. Official page. and Berengo Studio, Venice (IT) , was officially opened. It was a great pleasure to see all those familiar faces and meet new people. You can now discover my exhibitions on three different locations during La Biennale di Venezia:

► Glassstress 2015 GOTIKA at the Fondazione Berengo/ Exhibition Space on Murano/ Campiello della Pescheria Murano, Venice
► B Restaurant/ Campiello della Pescheria Murano, Venice
► AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti/ Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Letter ed Arti/ Campo S. Stefano, 2847, Venice

A better life through mushrooms, a headline in Colin Gleadell's CNN report on the Venice Biennale
11/05/2015
Venice Biennale: Masks, Marx, and strange ci******es - CNN.com

A better life through mushrooms, a headline in Colin Gleadell's CNN report on the Venice Biennale

The historic art and architecture of Venice is the key to the city's popularity, but every two years, it becomes a place of pilgrimage for art lovers.

Timeline photos
11/05/2015

Timeline photos

For my AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation at the old Banca di Venezia the AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center has generously donated more than 100 types of vegetable seeds, for which I am very grateful.

►Read more on this project in the AVRDC newsletter (P 21): http://bit.ly/1EsbcY3

Food for the Brain, 09.05.2015 Het Belang van Limburg
09/05/2015

Food for the Brain, 09.05.2015 Het Belang van Limburg

Today is the press opening of  . Come and discover this expansive installation by Koen Vanmechelen at Palazzo Cavalli-Fr...
08/05/2015

Today is the press opening of . Come and discover this expansive installation by Koen Vanmechelen at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and at Berengo Studio Glasstress

Opening    La Biennale di Venezia
07/05/2015

Opening La Biennale di Venezia

07/05/2015
AWAKENER/LIFEBANK

Interview with artist Koen Vanmechelen on the AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation

Meet Hericium, our dromedary, who is currently residing Berengo Studio for the art installation. Come and meet her durin...
06/05/2015

Meet Hericium, our dromedary, who is currently residing Berengo Studio for the art installation. Come and meet her during the La Biennale di Venezia

The art installation is located in three different spaces. At Palazzo Franchetti it covers the 3rd floor, as a special p...
06/05/2015

The art installation is located in three different spaces. At Palazzo Franchetti it covers the 3rd floor, as a special project of the exhibition of Berengo Foundation and the Hermitage museum. On the 2nd floor you can find my work Black Medusa.

explaining the  installation and concept to these students who will function as art mediators throughout the duration of...
05/05/2015

explaining the installation and concept to these students who will function as art mediators throughout the duration of the exhibition, together with Piergiorgio De Fillipi Glasstress Venice Biennial

05/05/2015

ARTISTS BID TO SAVE THE WORLD

05/05/2015

What would the world be like without the La Biennale di Venezia? Introduction video on one of the most important art events by Artsy

our dromedary on today's cover of De Morgen!
05/05/2015

our dromedary on today's cover of De Morgen!

De Morgen, 05.05.2015

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05/05/2015

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Morning starts at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti with watering the plants of the  installation, carefully selected by Fattor...
05/05/2015

Morning starts at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti with watering the plants of the installation, carefully selected by Fattoria Biologica Il Rosmarino and Slow Food. Glasstress La Biennale di Venezia

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invited to Klara's studio at the La Biennale di Venezia later today to talk about my Protected Paradise sculpture - so tune in for Pompidou between 17h-18h.
Slowly but steady, we're transforming DordtYart into a Garden of Eden. The AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation will be on view during GlassFever Dordrecht, hedendaagse kunst in glas. A collaboration between 4 museums in Dordrecht and Berengo Studio
Team arrived in Venice to disinstall the AWAKENER/LIFEBANK installation that was presented at the La Biennale di Venezia. Did you already see our catalog?
It's the last week of the La Biennale di Venezia - big thanks to all the visitors of AWAKENER/LIFEBANK and my Under Pressure piece at PROPORTIO. It was a challenging set-up; bringing the dromedary to Venice, breeding the mushrooms, presenting the multimedia installation of Lifebank with all these forgotten seeds. But the response was enormous and new cross-fertilizations have been made... Alla prossima!
Adriano Berengo Fondazione Berengo with Carlo Petrini (gastronomo) Slow Food International and Koen Vanmechelen AWAKENER/LIFEBANK at LIFE BANK’S CONVERSATIONS
Ecco il video della conversazione a cui abbiamo preso parte il 28 settembre insieme al fondatore di Slow Food Carlo Petrini, l’artista Koen Vanmechelen, autore di AWAKENER/LIFEBANK e ad Adriano Berengo della Fondazione Berengo.
Dateci un'occhiata in attesa del 3° appuntamento delle Conversazioni di Life Bank che si terrà sabato 7 novembre presso Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti a Venezia.
“Da Centèotl, il dio azteco del Mais, al transgenico…la lunga storia del Chicco del Sole”
* INFO:
www.facebook.com/events/1074366129254452/1075995922424806/
Ecco le foto di lunedì scorso, quando ad AWAKENER/LIFEBANK ha fatto visita Carlo Petrini fondatore di Slow Food.
Insieme ad Adriano Berengo, presidente della Fondazione Berengo e a Koen Vanmechelen autore di Life Bank, anche Piergiorgio ha avuto il piacere e l'onore di partecipare all'interessante conversazione: "Della Bellezza che ci inchioda alla nostra responsabilità - dall’introduzione di Carlo Petrini all’Enciclica di Papa Francesco."
Seguiteci per gli aggiornamenti sui prossimi eventi!
Novum World of Graphic Design highlights Glasstress and PROPORTIO in their review of the La Biennale di Venezia, with a photo of my installation AWAKENER/LIFEBANK.
Sabato e domenica a Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti nell'area interattiva di AWAKENER/LIFEBANK i visitatori sono stati coinvolti in una degustazione di confetture e succhi preparati con i frutti di varietà antiche della nostra fattoria.
Un assaggio della biodiversità del nostro frutteto che potete scoprire venendoci a trovare!
Per maggiori informazioni visita il sito: www.lifebank-glasstress.org
Ringraziamo gli allievi dell’Istituto Alberghiero “E.Cornaro” di Jesolo per il prezioso supporto.
Koen Vanmechelen Glasstress Berengo Studio Slow Food Veneto
Biodiversità a palazzo: azzeruolo e pere del sangue dalla fattoria alla mostra AWAKENER/LIFEBANK dell'artista belga Koen Vanmechelen.

Un progetto realizzato all'interno dell'evento collaterale Glasstress 2015 Gotika con la collaborazione di Slow Food.
Menta, basilico, origano, timo, salvia, santolina, nepeta, finocchietto, malva, aglietto, erba cipollina, lavanda, artemisia, saponaria, echinacea purpurea...e molte altre!
Oggi i profumi e i colori della biodiversità animano AWAKENER/LIFEBANK a Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti.

Glasstress Berengo Studio Slow Food Italia Koen Vanmechelen
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