07.05.2015 – 22.11.2015


Magazzini del Sale, Magazzino 5 / Museum VITRARIA Glass +A, Venice


Ewald Stastny

VITRARIA Glass +A Museum, in association with Triumph Gallery and ENERGY Group are proud to present a new project 001 Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) by AES+F, supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The exhibition will take place at the historic former salt warehouses (Magazzini del Salle) at the famous Zattere quay and the VITRARIA Glass +A Museum as a part of the collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale.


AES+F create their works at the intersection of photography, video and digital technologies. At the same time they constantly turn to traditional painting and sculpture. With their strong visual narratives, AES+F explore the values and conflicts of today’s global culture.


The series of historical engravings Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down) depicts a pig gutting the butcher, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on his back, a man and a woman who have changed their roles anddressed in each other’s clothes, and a beggar in rags majestically giving alms to a rich man. In these engravings there are demons, chimeras,  and death itself, which can be seen with a scythe or behind the mask of Doctor Plague.


In the artists’ interpretation of Inverso Mundus, absurd scenes from late Medieval and Renaissance carnivals appear as episodes of contemporary life in a multichannel video installation. Characters are acting out scenes of absurd social utopias, changing their masks, morphing from beggars to rich men, from policemen to thieves. Metrosexual street sweepers pile up the garbage in city. shower the city with debris. Female inquisitors torture men on IKEA-style racks. Children and seniors are locked in a kickboxing match. Inverso Mundus is a world where chimeras are pets and the Apocalypse is entertainment.


Ewald Stastny, the art director of VITRARIA Glass +A Museum and curator of the exhibition says: "Entering the world of AES+F is like diving into the sea of pleonasm void of contradictions,   full ofvisions, propheticalness, opulent baroque phantasms, overwhelming ideas, ideograms, subtlety in details, upmost technical perfection".