Canal Grande
The Capital Pool and the Associated Public
by Dan Mihaltianu

Capital Pool - A 65 square metres black vinyl pool, located in the centre of the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini, is functioning as a “wishing well” where visitors can throw coins, as a widespread cultural and tourist ritual. 

Associated Public - Free association, established during the Venice Biennale by members of the public* with the aim of using all of the money for non-profit purposes. The Associated Public will continue the activity after the end of the exhibition, as long as necessary with the goal of realizing the legacy of the project. 

Discapital - Performative installation based on the distillation of capital. The public are invited to chew dollar-bills and spit the pulp into a glass container. The resulting blend will be distilled and bottled in front of the audience in a series of events scheduled during the biennale at the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute in Venice. 

User Guide - The collected funds from the Capital Pool will be administrated by the public. The Associated Public as non-profit association, will decide how the capital will be used. It could be reinvested in the same project to generate further income and redirect the surplus to other cultural, humanitarian or social projects, considered relevant by the members. In this way the art work would continue to exist independently, and the process of creation / production / consumption / capitalisation / socialisation, could be perpetuated as long as relevant. 

* The participation in this project is the free decision of each member of the public, on a voluntary basis in all the aspects and stages of the described process. The artist, the Romanian Pavilion and the Venice Biennale, take no responsibility for any consequences of any nature, that could occur trough the involvement in the project Canal Grande: The Capital Pool and the Associated Public.
Dan Mihaltianu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1954. He is currently living in Bucharest, Berlin and Bergen. He is the co-founder of the artists group subREAL. He has been teaching at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, 2001-2007, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2008–2009 and Oslo National Academy of the Arts, 2018-2019. He exhibited in numerous international contexts and manifestations, such as The International Drawing Competition “Joan Miró” Barcelona, 1980, 1985; Impact Art Festival, Kyoto, 1986, 1997, 1988; European Print Triennial, Grado, 1987; Istanbul Biennial, 1992; Aperto, The 45th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 1993; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 1994; Art in General, New York, 1996; The 48th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 1999; ZKM / Museum for Contemporary Arts, Karlsruhe, 1999, 2001; Bergen Kunsthall, 2005; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 2005, 2012; Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2005; The Kitchen, New York, 2006; NGBK, Berlin, 2007; Prague Biennale, 2007; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2010; Tallinn Print Triennial, 2014; Vienna Biennale, 2015; Vargas Museum, Manila, 2016; National Portrait Gallery, London, 2018; Grand Palais, Paris 2018; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2019; Espoo Museum of Modern Art, 2019



An art project by Dan Mihaltianu as part of the Romanian Participation at the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, May 11th- November 24th, 2019

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