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Antony Gormley in Everybody Talks About The Weather

20 May—26 November 2023
Group exhibition at Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy

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Everybody Talks About the Weather is a research exhibition exploring the semantics of “weather” in visual art, taking atmospheric conditions as a point of departure to investigate the emergency of climate crisis.

The project is conceived by curator Dieter Roelstraete for the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue. More than fifty works by contemporary artists and a complementary selection of historical artworks trace the various ways in which climate and weather have shaped our histories and how humanity has dealt with our everyday exposure to meteorological events.

As stated by Miuccia Prada, President of Fondazione Prada, “the project arose from the idea of taking weather as a starting point to highlight the urgency of climate change, empirically equating meteorology and climatology, and using the tools of art and science together. The goal is to understand the environmental crisis and its undeniable impact on our lives by drawing attention to, representing, and analysing meteorological phenomena. Climate is a global issue that influences the actions and destinies of people worldwide. Talking about the weather today therefore means talking and worrying about everyone’s future.”

Everybody Talks About the Weather develops on two levels of Ca’ Corner della Regina, intertwining the two dimensions of research, the artistic and the scientific. On the ground floor, a large LED wall loops weather forecasts from a plurality of traditional and online media worldwide. In the first-floor rooms, historical artworks space with recent or new works, establishing an ideal continuity between past, present and future or triggering a short circuit between opposing visions and discordant notions. The exhibition reveals artists’ long-standing interest in “talking about the weather”, from allegorical and en plein air paintings to recent multimedia installations and transnational activism.

A series of “research stations” features more than five-hundred books, scientific publications and articles, and video materials and interviews with scholars and activists. They allow the audience to freely consult the various bibliographic sources of the extensive research behind this project and delve deeper into the scientific and cultural issues addressed by the exhibition.