In the Italian Pavilion at this year’s Fifty-Fifth Venice Biennale, Piero Golia showed Untitled (My Gold Is Yours), 2013, a cube composed of cement with a vein of gold running through it. The public was invited to “mine” the precious metal by scratching into the cement, thereby modifying the sculpture until it nearly disappeared. Wanting to capture and in some way immortalize the fleeting moment of pleasurable surprise in being invited to exhibit in the Biennale, Golia devised the project presented in his recent exhibition “Finalmente Venezia” (Finally Venice)a phrase that seems halfway between an exclamation and a declaration of intent.
The show included a series of seven vintage Hermès pocket squares, each framed, on which Golia had painted the phrase that gave the exhibition its title. In these works, he plays with the contrast between the preciousness of these veritable
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