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The Venice Bienniale is no stranger to controversy and this year's exhibitions are no exception. Aside from The Holy See's now regular pavilion, the artist Chistoph Buchel turned the deconsecrated church of Santa Maria della Misericordia into a mosque, taking form as the national pavilion of Iceland. However, two weeks into the Biennale the Venetian authorities closed the installation saying they never obtained permission for the church to be used as a place of religious worship.

The Belgian architecture practice Gijs Van Vaerenbergh have also used the typology of church architecture in a life-size art work that echoes the colloquial form rendered in striated steel bars. Reading between the lines appeared last September in the rural landscape of Borgloon, Belgium, as part of a public art project in the region. Images at www.gijsvanvaerenbergh.com.

St Martin-in-the-Fields added to its impressive programme of loans of contemporary artworks last month with a new painting by Mark Francis. Parameter can be seen in The Lightwell, alongside Brad Lochore's Triptych and Gerhard Richter's tapestry.

Nina Danino, a film director and artist with whom ACE has collaborated in events and exhibitions, recently completed a residency among the nuns of the Poor Clares living at the Monastery of Santa Chiara in San Marino, Gibraltar. The resulting multi media work can been seen at Montagu Bastion in Gibraltar until 23 August.

An unusual installation by the artist Thomas Wray (though not dissimilar to Sara Marks' work at All Saints West Dulwich reported on in the previous issue of A&C) in the Church of His Holy Name, Oxford Road in Manchester took place during the first three weeks of July. A large circular dish placed on the floor of a side chapel contained red wine and was left to evaporate over time. Its situation in front of pre-existing life-size figures of the Crucifixion created an interplay 'between reflection and self'.

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Date:Sep 22, 2015
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