A summer of art.
“Summer of 1966: 33a Biennale di Venezia & 2e Salon des
galeries-pilotes de Lausanne” by Jef Cornelis is the third title in
the “Archives” collection dedicated to landmark exhibitions
and curatorial practices
, providing sources and moving images to a growing
field of research—that of curatorial studies and exhibition history.
The first two DVDs constitute a unique yet subjective testimony on the
famous documenta 4
(1968) and documenta
The 1966 Venice Biennale was one of the first exhibitions that Cornelis
filmed. It was in this film that he laid the foundations of his
methodology: to depict the exhibition as the closed space of a community
preoccupied with the issues and conflicts that concerned its members,
rather than to make films about art itself. He filmed some of the major
players of the time, whether they belonged to the American or the European
scene, within which French artists and critics manifested a powerful
presence. On his way back to Belgium, Cornelis stopped at the second
"Salon international des galeries-pilotes" (Lausanne), an experimental
manifestation that influenced the Basel Art Fair, which was created in
1970. To fully illustrate what was at stake in the 1966 Venice Biennale,
the DVD also includes a short film by François
about the Groupe
de Recherche d'Art Visuel (GRAV)
, whose member Julio
won the Golden Lion that year, raising the
questions about collective and singular authorship.
Jef Cornelis (born 1941) has mainly worked for VRT, Belgian national television in Flemish. He has realized more than 200 films, especially on architecture, literature, and the arts.