Presenting Ursula Von Rydingsvard...


While Venice's Biennial takes place, the entire city becomes an open museum: the palazzi, the bookstores, the cafés and even private gardens share their facilities to house art. Between the Plaza San Marco and Giardini it's the Giardino della Marinaressa, one of those "green spaces" that is currently displaying six gigantic art and resin sculptures created by Ursula Von Rydingsvard (Germany, 1942). 
Von Rydingsvard is very renown, specially in the US, where her artworks can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the MoMA. Bronze is among her favourite materials to work with, although one of the sculptures in the exhibition was entirely made with urethane resin. Its colouring, a mixture of light blue and grey, changes with the light of day: it is sometimes opaque but, when receiving direct sunlight, it seems transparent. 
Elegantka II, by Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2013-2014)
Material: Urethane resin
Heart in hand, by Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2014)
Material: Bronze
For her artworks, Von Rydingsvard works with small blocks that she will later assemble to form these abstract giants of delicate curves, that often simulate the human body, creases in fabric or eroded rocks. 
Anastazia, by Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2013-2014)
Materials: cedar and graphite 
The most interesting sculpture on display, and Von Rydingsvard's most ambitious, is a huge mole with lace-like detailing on top. Her aim? To constantly push her limits, as she works with bronze and in gigantic scale.
Bronze bowl with lace, by Ursula Von Rydingsvard (2013-2014)
Material: Bronze
The artworks were assembled in pieces, on location and carefully integrating them with the surrounding gardens and architecture. Another surprise offered by the Biennial.

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