20th April — 21st July 2024



KUNSTHAUS Göttingen @ La Biennale di Venezia


After documenta fifteen 2022, the Kunsthaus Göttingen is proud to be taking part in the world’s oldest and most important exhibition for contemporary art – the Venice Biennale – this year and to be presenting a satellite exhibition there.


On the occasion of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in April this year, the American painter, sculptor and poet Jim Dine will conquer the Palazzo Rocca Contarini Corfù with an ambitious survey exhibition. The show is curated by Gerhard Steidl in cooperation with the Kunsthaus Göttingen. Jim Dine – Dog on the Forge is a collateral event of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, curated by Adriano Pedrosa. The exhibition by Jim Dine opens on Saturday, April 20, 2024 and runs until July 21, 2024.

Jim Dine, Me #5, 2020, oil on panel, 65 × 54 cm / 25 x 21 in

Jim Dine – Dog on the Forge presents 32 new works by the artist. Paintings, drawings, bronze and wood sculptures as well as an impressive outdoor installation with large-scale bronze sculptures. For the first time, the exhibition presents monumental and site-specific works that have been specially conceived for the Biennale. Paintings and sculptures that have never been shown before will be placed in a dialog with each other and with works of art from the 1980s to the present day. Curator Gerhard Steidl drew inspiration from Dine’s tireless travels between the United States and Europe, as well as his lifelong commitment to the concept of visual, cultural and linguistic hybridization. “All my life I’ve been on the move. It’s hard for me to sit still. It’s a hyperactive trait, I would say. I’ve always enjoyed traveling from studio to studio, from country to country. For me, traveling is like using red paint. It’s another way of making the picture”.

The artist Jim Dine

Installed in a 14th century palazzo on the Grand Canal, here the ancient meets the contemporary in a palatial Venetian context, casting a reflective light on Jim Dine’s personal history and perspective. The show, which reinterprets his now classic language of tools, hearts, self-portraits, Venus and Pinocchios (to which a separate room in the exhibition will be dedicated), will occupy the two floors of the Palazzo – overlooking the Grand Canal as well as the 18th century sculpture garden. century sculpture garden. When asked about the new paintings, Dine replies: “I’m not interested in making them beautiful. I am interested in creating images that move you”. Conceived as a poetic journey, the exhibition outlines the complexity of an intimate oeuvre deeply rooted in his knowledge of European art history, and a relentless exploration of language and self. The accompanying catalog, Dog on the Forge, is published by Steidl-Verlag.


@ Palazzo Rocca, Contarini Corfú – Sestiere Dorsoduro, 1057 / D, 30123 VENICE

Organizing institution: Kunsthaus Göttingen, Germany

Supported by TEMPLON

For further information on JIM DINE and DOG ON THE FODGE click here.



Information on the exhibition

Location: Palazzo Rocca, Contarini Corfú – Sestiere Dorsoduro, 1057 / D, 30123 VENICE

Duration: 20th April – 21st July 2024

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm

Admission: free 


On the occasion of our participation in the 60th Biennale di Venezia with the exhibition Jim Dine – Dog on the Forge at Palazzo Rocca, we are once again opening the doors of Jim Dine’s House of Words – a pavilion in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Göttingen. For the opening of the Biennale on April 20, you can visit the site-specific installation by the US pop artist free of charge during our opening hours on the weekend of April 20/21.

The following dates offer another opportunity to see the pavilion and learn more about it from live speakers:
Fri, May 10 (open 14:00-18:00) > with live speaker /14:00-16:00, €3-5 (pay as you wish)
Sat., June 22 (open 14:00-18:00) > with live speaker /14:00-16:00, 3-5€ (pay as you wish)


Image left: Palazzo Rocca at Venice

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