Open20 Venice 2017

This catalogue was published on the occasion of OPEN, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations.

Phil Akashi has been selected to represent Belgium at Open20 in Venice. To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale,  OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will reach its twentieth edition. The idea of OPEN is born from the principle of creating an outdoor exposure by installing a series of contemporary public sculptures in Venice during the Venice International Film Festival and it is based on the meaningful principle to invite an artist to each participating nation to represent their country in a prestigious and international cultural environment. Artists who exhibited at  Open  include  Keith Haring,  Julian Schnabel,  Yoko Ono,  Niki de Saint-Phalle, ORLAN,  Bernar Venet,  Mimmo Rotella,  Magdalena Abakanowicz,  César,  Arman,  Carl Andre,  Dennis Hopper,  Feng Mengbo,  Chen Zhen, and  Ju Ming".


OPEN retraces its history through some of the most significant names in contemporary art who have taken part in OPEN such as Yoko Ono, who will present the world première of INVISIBLE PEOPLE, a project that has required long preparation: a symbolic and metaphoric vision of the journey of migrants, between imagination and poetry, so as not to forget. The return to the Hotel Excelsior and the return of ORLAN with a site specific installation based on Le Plan du Film, an important series conceived in 2001 in search of what Jean-Luc Godard called “the reverse of the cinema”: a work on the creation of a film in reverse starting from the communication and advertising of a cinematographic work, unique aspects, in this ingenious fiction, that make the film real.


Phil Akashi presented a new work, Resistance, at the Fondamenta of Hilton Molino Stucky. This work is a sculpture representing the ancient seal of the “Mandate of Heaven” as a symbol of the fight against political corruption and abuse of power. Mysterious, fascinating, elusive. Phil Akashi’s artistic world is revealed here: a travel journal, between oriental history, ancient customs and social reflection.


OPEN20, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations 
1st September –1st October 2017
Venice Lido, Hotel Excelsior, Hilton Molino Stucky


Nutopia -  Yoko Ono

Belgium -  Phil Akashi

France -  ORLAN

Germany -  Günter Sponheuer

Japan -  Kengiro Azuma

Iceland / China -  Inga Svala Thorsdottir and Wu Shanzhuan

Italy -  Giancarlo Bozzani, Stefano Bressani, Nando Crippa, Gillo Dorfles, Marco Fioramanti, Laura Fiume, Salvatore Fiume, Ferruccio Gard, Resi Girardello, Alessandro Manfredini, Gaspare Manos, Federica Marangoni, Davide Medri, Gianfranco Meggiato, Lucio Micheletti, Luigi Ontani, Max Papeschi, Antonio Paradiso, Gabriele Polidori, Maurizio Radici, Reverie, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Giuseppe Verri, Nanda Vigo, Laura Zeni

Norway -  Marianne Heske

Pakistan -  Amin Gulgee

Peru -  Ana Maria Reque

Poland -  Igor Mitoraj

Ukraine -  Yana Rusnak

USA -  Richard Humann




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Catalogue Open20 Phil Akashi


OPEN20  - CATALOGUE             
Venice 2017 
Italian and English 
165 pages 
40 cm x 40 cm