Second Nature

authors Olafur Eliasson, David Adjaye
project Your Black Horizon - Art Pavilion under the sponsorship of TB A21, Island of Lopud, Croatia
written by Nada Beroš


The idea of nomadic art pavilions as an alternative to contemporary art museums, inaugurated by Francesca von Habsburg in 2005 in Venice with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (T-B A21), could be called, without exaggeration, the “pan-pavilionization” of the globe. The official programme of the Venice Visual Arts Biennale in that year included the very first presentation of the Your Black Horizon pavilion by the artistic-architectural duo of Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye. This unusual wooden structure, placed on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, outside the traditional routes of the Biennale audience that wants to see as much as possible of the cramped exhibition sites in the shortest time, was more of a tale of the 51st Venice Biennale than something actually seen by a large crowd of visitors.