A major solo exhibition opened at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice on 29 May 2013.
Entitled 'Marc Quinn' and curated by Germano Celant, this anthology was one of the artist's largest and most important to date, featuring more than 50 works and including the public debut of more than 15 new works.
Included in the show is 'Breath' (2012) - an 11 meter inflatable version of 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', which was the centre piece of London's Paralympic Games' opening ceremony. It stood next to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, to welcome visitors to the foundation.
The exhibition marked a return of the artist to Venice, following his 2003 show at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 'The Overwhelming World of Desire', and highlights Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s growing interest in contemporary art.
Quinn described the exhibition as “an exploration of our relationships to our bodies and to the physical and cultural world around us. What it means to live in a world both real and virtual.”
A landmark publication entitled 'Marc Quinn Memory Box', edited by Germano Celant, will be published on the occasion of the show by Skira. The 520-page, English-language publication will include a conversation between Quinn and Celant and historical interviews with Quinn dating back to 1994.
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