The Venice Biennale is one of the most important events in the art world calendar. Happening every 2 years, this year is the 52nd edition with Robert Storr an American curator, critic and artist acting as director and has been titled ‘Think with the Senses, Feel with the mind,’
The exhibition consists of 2 main parts the Giardini and the Arsenale. The Giardini consists of 30 pavilions each acting as representation for different nations and a large Exhibition Hall featuring a group show curated by the current director. The Arsenale houses the ‘Aperto’ exhibition also curated by the director, which operates as a more thematic space showing generally younger artists not represented by the pavilions in the Giardini.
Aside from the 2 main sites there are collateral events taking place all throughout Venice including pavilions for the countries not included within the Giardini.
This year the show runs on to the 21st of November and some of the highlights include Sophie Calle representing France with a project based on an email a boyfriend sent her to break up with her, Russia whose pavilion was filled with a dizzying array of high technology, and the Lithuanian pavilion which presented some nice calm minimalist work which provided some much needed relaxation after the sheer spectacle of the rest of the event.
Courtesy: B. Fallon