Starline—Necessary Couture, 2009

Das Institut
This New York-based "collective" boils down to Germans Kerstin Brätsch, 32, and Adele Röder, 31, who refer to their work as an "import/export" business. What comes in is a range of historical artistic styles; what goes out is everything from vibrant abstract paintings on Mylar to record-cover designs to knitwear jumpsuits. For Venice, they've built a tunnel featuring a slide show at one end capturing the two of them, faces slathered in paint, re-creating iconic artworks.


Untitled (Trashcan), 2010

Klara Liden
Through films, sculpture, and installations, the 32-year-old Swede explores how we live in cities. Her best-known projects include a video of her dancing violently on a Stockholm commuter train and a 2007 exhibit in which she packed the contents of her apartment (even the sink) into the gallery. Look for her installation of public trash cans from around the world—some graffitied, some rusted, all acquired under questionable circumstances.


Cities of Gold and Mirrors, 2009

Cyprien Gaillard
The Berlin-based Frenchman creates films, photography, and sculptures depicting landscapes as sites of violence, loss, and ruin. At the Biennale, the 30-year-old winner of last year's prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize will explore these themes with works on paper, before readying a solo exhibition at Paris' Centre Pompidou in September.

The Venice Biennale is open to the public from June 4 to November 27. labiennale.org

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