Venice Biennale Transcendental Realism

Palazzo Bollani - Castello 3647
Venice, Italy
June 10 – November 21, 2007

“Transcendental Realism: The Art of Adi Da Samraj”, a Collateral Exhibition at the 2007 Venice Biennale, was housed on two expansive floors of Palazzo Bollani, a beautiful landmark building within easy access from most locations in the city.

The ground floor introduced Adi Da’s work in an immersive wall-projection retrospective of his multiple exposure photographic work. Housed in three rooms on the upper floor of the palazzo, nine monumental-scale images, and a screening of “What Is Not An Idea?”, from the Geome Two suite, explored Adi Da’s radical approach to “aperspectival, aniconic, and anegoic” art.

Writing in Corriere della Sera Magazine, Francesca Pini called the exhibition at the Palazzo Bollani “not to be missed,” and Il Manifesto critic Ida Gerosa enthused that Adi Da Samraj’s use of digital means was “the best I have seen.”


Exhibition Catalog


The exhibition was accompanied by a large format catalog presenting over 25 stunning illustrations in color and black-and-white. It includes the fully fabricated works from Avatar Adi Da’s Spectra, Geome, and Oculus Suites. The catalog also includes a three-page gatefold of the fifteen-meter wide Alberti’s Window.

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