Eva Rothschild – Ireland at Venice 2019
Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents The Shrinking Universe by artist Eva Rothschild curated by Mary Cremin. The Irish Pavilion was presented at the Arsenale from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Eva Rothschild created a wholly sculptural exhibition for the Irish Pavilion, located in the Arsenale. Through its direct material presence, the work will engage with current political and environmental concerns arising from our on-going climate of global uncertainty.
Through her diverse use of materials and sculptural formats, Eva Rothschild constructed an immersive environment that allows the public to be both viewer and participant. Rothschild’s exhibition created a socially sculptural space within the Irish Pavilion, allowing for contemplation of the material legacy of both present and past civilisations. One of the leading sculptors of her generation, Eva Rothschild’s work demonstrates a great awareness of the modernist tradition while maintaining its own distinctive sculptural language. Her works also engage with signifiers and objects from her surrounding urban environment, and the eternal forms of geometry and classicism. Her sense of materials, scale, monumentality, colour and line reflect a refined aesthetic sensibility that redeploys and subverts familiar sculptural formats.