PINAREE SANPITAK IN ‘THE MILK OF DREAMS’, 59TH VENICE BIENNALE

23apr(apr 23)11:00 am27nov(nov 27)6:00 pmPINAREE SANPITAK IN ‘THE MILK OF DREAMS’, 59TH VENICE BIENNALEVENICE, ITALY
Titled 'The Milk of Dreams', the exhibition takes its cue from a book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, and focuses on three main themes: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; and the connection between bodies and the Earth.

Event Details

Pinaree Sanpitak in ‘The Milk of Dreams’, 59th Venice Biennale 

Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, Italy 

23 April – 27 November 2022 

Pinaree Sanpitak is currently on view as part of the main exhibition of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Cecilia Alemani. 

Titled ‘The Milk of Dreams’, the exhibition takes its cue from a book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, and focuses on three main themes: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; and the connection between bodies and the Earth. 

Sanpitak (b. 1961, Thailand) is widely regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s most important contemporary artists. Over the last four decades, Sanpitak has developed an enigmatic inventory of symbols distilling women’s bodies to their most elemental parts, expressed variously through vessels, breasts, eggs, and subtly curved profiles. Characterised by sensitivity and ethereality, her paintings and drawings are tethered to a captivation with her own body, and potent concepts of the sacred and the spiritual that the body contains. In the mid-1990s, inspired by the powerful experience of breastfeeding her own child, Sanpitak began producing many images of the breast. 

As Madeline Weisburg writes, her new series on view at the Venice Biennale includes textured paintings that incorporate acrylic, feathers, gold and silver leaf, and silk. She reduces the breast motif into the form of the mound and the vessel, correlating personal experience with forms that recall Buddhist offering bowls or stupa shrines, a sacred domed structure found in many Asian nations.  

Sanpitak’s ‘Offering Vessels’ series of the early 2000s registers the vessel as a container of perception and experience or as a repository of emptiness. More than simply an expression of the physical figure, the bowls seen in pieces such as ‘Offering Vessel and Breast Vessel’ in the Reds speak to the body’s wide-ranging potential across the sacred and profane. 

Opening at the Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, Italy, ‘The Milk of Dreams’ includes 213 artists from 58 countries; 180 of these are participating for the first time in the International Exhibition. 1433 works and objects are on display, with 80 new projects are conceived specifically for the Biennale Arte. 

Installation view of Pinaree Sanpitak’s presentation at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Photo from Yavuz Gallery, by Nopadon Kaosam-ang 

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Time

April 23 (Saturday) 11:00 am - November 27 (Sunday) 6:00 pm

Location

Venice, Italy