BLOGS  

Here I’m talking about the German pavilion, whose author is Christoph Schlingesief (1960–2010). In May 2010, the curator and Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art director Susanne Gaensheimer invited the artist to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. He agreed, and made sketches for the exposition, but in August of 2019 Schlingesief died of lung cancer. 

Gaensheimer and the artist’s wife, Aino Laberenz, made the decision to create the pavilion anyway, without displaying Schlingesief’s sketches and plans but showing his existing works. As a result, the exposition is like a monument to the artist. The existential themes of his works—life, death, and suffering—affect the viewer with nauseating power, tearing down the border between art and life and driving into your head a long moment of silence. The German national pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion this year. 

Of the German Pavilion, Giardini di Castello