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Rhinoceros : luxury's fragile frontier / exhibition curator: Catherine Kovesi ; translators: Yi-ying Chen, Hongyue Liao, Yi-chun Shih and Beatrice Venturin
Bib ID 7858731
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Catherine Kovesi, curator, author
Description [Carlton, Victoria] : Emporium, [2018] 
100 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (chiefly colour) ; 21 x 22 cm 
ISBN 9780646993737 (paperback)

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition 'Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier', held in the Magazzino Gallery, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, 24 November to 21 December 2018. Together, the exhibitors, Venetian sculptor Gigi Bon, Taiwanese sculptor Shih Li-Jen, Australian wildlife campaigner Lynn Johnson, and Canadian poet Ronna Bloom, examine the surprising yet deeply entwined history and current predicament of the world's most ancient mammal - the rhino - and the world's most beautiful city - Venice. The horn of the rhino, made of intrinsically worthless keratin, has become one of the world's most costly luxury objects; an unlikely symbol of status and prestige in a primarily Asian market. Every eight hours a rhinoceros is killed to satisfy demand. The rhinoceros now faces the very real danger of extinction. The city of Venice is overwhelmed each year by a mass tourist market of 30 million people in a city with a population of barely 54,000. The effects on the delicately balanced eco systems of the lagoon and of the city have reached a critical level. This exhibition catalogue highlights the ways in which Venice and the Rhinoceros have become victims of their desirability and objectification as luxury objects - both consumed without discrimination by an ever-expanding consumer class.

Full contents
  • Foreword / Neil Stonell
  • Gracious Hospitable City / Ronna Bloom
  • Catherine Kovesi
  • Rhinoceros: Luxury’s Fragile Frontier / by Catherine Kovesi
  • Between Fur an Skin / Ronna Bloom
  • Gigi Bon: Portrait of the Artist / by Roberta Hurstel
  • Gigi Bon The Rhino and the Mirabilia, and her Vision of Venice as a Rhino / by Martine Chantal Fantuzzi
  • Gigi Bon Exhibitions
  • Ulysses: The Double, the Cosmic and the Eternal
  • MiraRhino in Mirabilia

Parallel text in English, Italian and Chinese.


Subjects Rhinoceroses in art -- Exhibitions  |  Luxury in art -- Exhibitions.  |  Wildlife: general interest.  |  Fine arts: art forms.  |  Venice (Italy) in art -- Exhibitions  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Stonell, Neil, writer of foreword  |  Bloom, Ronna, poet, author  |  Hurstel, Roberta, author  |  Fantuzzi, Martine Chantal, author  |  Ardizzoni, Sabrina, author  |  Johnson, Lyn, author, artist  |  Bon, Gigi, artist  |  Li-Jen, Shih, artist  |  Chen, Yi-ying, translator  |  Liao, Hongyue, translator  |  Shih, Yi-chun, translator  |  Venturin, Beatrice, translator


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