Spanish artist Jaume Plensa presents Together, a major exhibition of new works, for Venice Art Biennale 2015 in the four-hundred-year-old basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, embodying the artist’s ongoing interest in the human relationship to space, scale and material.

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Together comprises of by two, large-scale sculptural installations that act in dialogue with one another, and the historic space they temporarily inhabit. Plensa joins a sculpture of a hand and head together in conversation: a stainless steel hand formed from characters of eight different languages suspends beneath the cupola in the foreground of the altar; a metallic mesh head sited in the nave towers above passing visitors. Their materiality allows both works to distill and diffuse light passing through the internal spaces, engaging viewers in a spiritual and intellectual discourse.

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Together also includes an installation of meticulous drawings and a group of five alabaster portraits, made using scans of real girls, in the Officina Dell’Arte Spirituale. Occupying a vast, dark space, the statues are lit to reveal their luminous opacity and distinct sense of perspective.

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