A Nordic Dragon for Venice

Although the Venice Biennale Arte won’t open to the public for another few weeks, preparations are well underway for its 60th edition.

Titled ‘Foreigners Everywhere’, the 2024 exhibition explores, challenges, and celebrates what it means to be foreign in this world. Curator Antonio Pedrosa has chosen work by artists who are themselves foreigners in one way or another, in his own words: “the distant, the outsider, the queer, as well as the indigenous”.

HIZKIA Sweden worked with the Moderna Museet, in the lead for this edition at the Nordic Countries Pavilion, in their hometown of Stockholm to prepare for the shipment of a giant dragon head and tail that will be part of an artwork made by Swedish artist Lap-See Lam. Weighing a combined 5500 kg, HIZKIA’s expertise was used to help determine how to dismantle and load both objects for transport to Venice, where they would later be installed as part of the installation ‘The Altersea Opera’.

Prior to the journey, sketches were made to of custom-built cradles to ensure a smooth dismantling and installation process. These cradles were designed with sturdy fittings for lifting with ease, ensuring a smooth and safe transition to the trailers waiting to bring them to the port of Stockholm, where the journey to Venice would continue by sea.