Collaborative artists Megan Mantia and Leone Anne Reeves who operate under the pseudonym BLANKET UNDERCOVER have received a Rocket Grant to bring the bi-annual European art exhibition, The Venice Biennale, to Kansas City. Hosted in Venice, Italy, the Biennale is the largest and most important contemporary art exhibition in the world and features the work of artists from 89 countries. After thoroughly documenting the Biennale in July, BLANKET is now preparing a massive recreation of the exhibition to be installed in, on, and around venues in Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO. The exhibit, titled “Mini Vinnie Bini,” will be free and open to the public from Oct. 1, 2015 thru Jan. 1, 2016. In an interview with The Guardian, Okwui Enwezor, the curator of this year’s Venice Biennale All The World’s Futures remarked, “Artists have always had a capacity to reflect on these questions, to question prevailing orthodoxies, especially political orthodoxies. It’s clear that artists are able to address the more difficult and urgent questions of their time and age.” BLANKET wants to give Midwestern audiences the rare opportunity to see worldviews of entertainment and social unrest through cutting edge art ideas, fused right into the backdrop of Kansas City.
The Mini Vinnie Bini, which is completely free to the public, will provide access to copies of all didactic materials found at Venice Biennale proper. Most 2D works will be recreated through photocopy assemblage and videos will be shown on tablets or pre-existing screens found in venues. Viewers will find maps all over the city and will know they have reached a Mini Vinnie Bini location when they see a diamond-shaped ‘pin drop’ color-coded to the zone in which the piece resides. Public programs will include talks, debates, readings, performances, tours, and exciting holiday-themed events. The Biennale in Venice, Italy will close officially on November 22nd. After that date Kansas City will be the only place in the world where these works will still be on view.