ARTUNER is proud to announce that Paul Kneale’s work is featured in a special presentation at Thetis Gardens, in the Arsenale Novissimo, coinciding with La Biennale di Venezia 57°.

COMMAND-ALTERNATIVE-ESCAPE is a group exhibition organised by the School of Curatorial Studies in Venice, in the prestigious Thetis Gardens, a leafy oasis in the Arsenale Novissimo, only a few steps away from the main Biennale display VIVA ARTE VIVA.

Exploring the increasingly blurred boundaries of private and public life, COMMAND-ALTERNATIVE-ESCAPE will reflect on the archetypal dichotomy between freedom and security. Visitors will be confronted with a new large-scale sculptural installation by Paul Kneale, along with artworks by Joseph Beuys, Jan Fabre, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Allora & Calzadilla, and Jesse Darling.


Paul Kneale continues his investigation on the relationship between abstract, sometimes cosmic theories – which exist as ideas – and the scale of the human body that contemplates them. The works are things in the world, which the body encounters daily. The found objects explore this near body-scale and exist in an in-between space, neither consumer objects, nor made from scratch. Their shape has been altered, suffering dents and blows; paint is stripped away and surfaces are melted or warped.

The neon tubes are themselves a small simulacrum of the cosmic, made using the noble gasses neon and argon. The gasses are contained in the glass tubes and the illumination is activated by high voltage electricity passing through them.

The series has been developing across a number of exhibitions and has recently been shown at Palazzo Capris Torino, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Rubell Family Collection, and Cassina Projects NYC.


The opening of the exhibition took May 6th, 2017 at Thetis Gardens. The show will remain open throughout La Biennale di Venezia, until November, 2017.

Bernard Blistène, Jean-Marie Gallais, Paul Kneale, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo

Photo: from the left, Eugenio Re Rebaudengo (ARTUNER Founder), Bernard Blistène (Director of Centre Pompidou), Paul Kneale and Jean-Marie Gallais (curator at Centre Pompidou Metz) at Thetis Garden in the Arsenale Novissimo, Venice discussing Paul Kneale’s large-scale neon sculptures.

The location can be easily reached on foot from the Arsenale main entrance, or by Vaporetto (ferry) [S. Pietro di Castello to Bacini]


Artworks in this exhibition