The Greek myth of Danaë's impregnation acts as the central focus of the Venice Biennale Russian Pavilion.
As fable has it, Danaë was impregnated by Zeus in the form of golden rain. This resulted in the birth of Perseus, founder of Mycenae and is reenacted through the fall of golden coins in the installation space. There is a gender-segregation at the pavilion; men experience the piece through the upper hall and women through the lower hall holding umbrellas. It makes for an interesting tension between the feminine and the masculine wherein space plays a role in mythical representation of sexual energy.
"Kneeling and looking down, we can grasp and feel that we are present at a unique process of materialization of the myth," says artist Vadim Zakharov who created the Danaë installation in the Venice Biennale Russian Pavilion.
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