Venice - Biennale extravaganza
Open until the 24th of November you are just in time to attend the oldest and largest noncommercial art exhibition in the world. The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place every odd number of years in Venice, Italy. This year´s offering include live performances, international films, sculptures and a large number of wondrous installations.
Massimiliano Gioni is the ongoing artistic director responsible for the national pavilions from 88 different countries and the central exhibition showcasing more than 150 artists. This year´s scenario focuses on Gioni´s theme on how art communicates the subconscious in a society permeated by pop culture.
"The encyclopedic palace is about the desire to know and understand everything, a desire that recurs throughout history of art," he says. "What I'm asking is, how do we give form to our interior images when we're more and more besieged by artificial and external images?"
This year's Golden Lion award for best national pavilion went to Angola; the African country, long ravaged by war, is exhibiting here for the first time. Located in a palazzo seldom open to the public, the exhibit consists of tall stacks of large photographic posters, which visitors can take with them, by artist Edson Chagas.
Another war-torn country being showcased for the first time is Iraq. The pavilion's British curator valiantly travelled all over the country to find the artists and bring their works to Venice.
The exhibits are mainly in the island of Dorsoduro, in the area of Giudecca. Modern renovations of some antique architecture have bolstered the island´s reputation as a vacation locale meaning there are loads of options if you want to be closer to the spectacle.
Below are pics from exhibitions of the Biennale in Venice.