The Venice Biennale
The preview of the 55th Venice Biennale once again made it clear why this is regarded as the world's most irresistible premiere art exhibit. Discover why. . .
the preview of the 55th Venice Biennale once again made it clear why this is regarded as the world’s premier art exhibit. Massimiliano Gioni, the Biennale’s artistic director (and curator of New York’s New Museum), chose “The Encyclopedic Palace” as this year’s theme. He expects more than 500,000 visitors before it closes on November 24.
A city of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges, Venice presents a challenge to race from the Giardini to the Arsenale in order to take in as many as 47 collateral events. In all, 88 nations and 150 artists are represented. There are a myriad of installations in churches, pop-up spaces, palazzos, museums, elegant storefronts and parks. Or you can simply sit down in the garden of the pop-up hipster space called “The Museum of Everything” and watch the art world go by.
I haven’t even mentioned the parties, dinners, lunches, coffees or the physical logistics: what shoes or boots (flooding) to wear, which vaporetto to catch, water taxi to share, or how to determine who to stand next to in line in the rain. That was the case when I waited for more than two and a half hours to see one of the highlight exhibitions, “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013” at the Fondazione Prada at Ca’ Corner della Regina.
There’s no doubt that the Biennale (labiennale.org) is a United Nations of the art world where the only language needed is the language of looking. If you can, go there. You will not be disappointed.