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Gothic style is the main theme of Glasstress 2015 Gotika, the collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale, as it embodies the common lenguage through different countries and cultures, not only in arts but as a way of thinking.

Fondazione Berengo, the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and Slow Food have decided to celebrate also biodiversity in a new project called: Life Bank Project.


Koen, not new to the themes of bio- and cultural identity, revolutioned the space in Palazzo Franchetti, formerly the setting of the Bank of Venice, making it an evocative gothic garden. As a gate of this garden we can find two big black bronze hands holding delicate sculptures made of Murano glass, representing a little chick and a heap of scattered seeds. Between the antique wooden furniture, a new bank has taken on a life of its own, substituting currency with the real patrimony of our civilization: the seed. That’s why the bank contains over 500 seeds selected by Piergiorgio Defilippi (founder of the bio-social Farm “Il Rosmarino”) representing the genetic heritage of our culture.


Chef Pietro Leemann, heart, mind and hands of the vegetarian restaurant Joia, in Milan, created very special tastings using the cereals from the seeding with Fukukuoka’s clay-seed-balls.


With the Life Bank Koen is telling everyone how important is for us to protect coexistence and contamination in nature.


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