Goshka Macuga

Plus Ultra

1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009

Plus Ultra draws its title from the motto of Charles V, Emperor of the Sacred Roman Empire and King of Spain, which translates as going beyond, overcoming limits, as opposed to its negative form in the ancient Latin saying “nec plus ultra”. Goshka Macuga designed this work for the spaces of the Corderie at the Venice Arsenal. The huge tapestry, made by Flemish weavers, is wrapped around a couple of columns, thus reproducing the heraldry symbol on a monumental scale. The installation creates a truly transitional space, a real gateway which both separates and unites discrete worlds. The work was produced by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for the 53rd Venice Biennale.