Cabinet of Mourning,   Nalovi-Willert
gold leaf/tempera/pizza box/fine art print Hahnemühle/ news paper/silvered ex voto/madonna with mojo

The 18th and 19th September was the opening of “Taste the Future” art collection which was celebrated in Palazzo Bembo in Venice. Initiated by the Dutch artists Herman de Vries, Lisette Huizenga, Maartje Blans and Arnix Wilnoudt, several ”Personal Structures - Crossing Borders“ artists created a series of exclusive artworks in pizza boxes, which together formed the “Taste the Future” art collection, to be exhibited in several places across the world.

Lili Nalovi and Jesko Willert are part of the ”Taste the Future“ art collection with their ”Cabinet of Mourning“.To express their deep sorrow and mourning over the loss of their beloved portrait ”Burmese Boy Indein Market“ (the smallest of 12 paintings) which was stolen from their expansive installation in Room #5 at Palazzo Bembo at the very start of the 56 th  La Biennale di Venezia, they created a three piece dedication: a ”Mourning Display“, a ”Moments of Mourning“ video and, in a pizza box, they made the ”Cabinet of Mourning“. Part of it is an article about the theft which was published in ”Il Gazettino“, 3 silvered Ex Votos: the eyes which look behind the scenes, the unprotected child and the hand that protects. A fine art print on Hahnemühle paper shows the ”Mourning Display“ which they displayed after the theft in Room #5 at Palazzo Bembo, along with a ”Madonna with Mojo“, a Napolitan good-luck charm. To emphasize how precious it is, the box outside is gilded in gold leaf.

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