October has been a wonderful visual month. I had the opportunity to explore Italy’s La Biennale di Venezia – International Art Exhibition once again, and an overload of images keeps popping into my mind.
The experience of going to Venice is like no other, even after having been there many times before. The reason Venice holds a special place in my heart is the locals! Their knowledge of where to reside away from the massive tour groups who take over the small lanes of this magical city is gold.
My walk to art group was fabulous (no dramas and no Louis Vuitton cases without wheels to carry), and we all had 3 passions in common: exploring art, drinking prosecco and eating baccala (salted cod).
But let’s talk about art. The highlights for me were Chile, Russia, Portugal, New Zealand and of course the hidden pavilions in disused palazzos.
The Chilean Pavilion, which was a site-specific installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, was visually, conceptually and structurally outstanding. It was silent yet loud in critically commenting on the Biennale organisational structure for exhibiting art.
All people from all walks of life watched, engaged and participated, as they viewed an army green model of the 28 pavilions from the Giardini della Biennale rise from the depths of the water (identical army green) to then sink beneath and disappear.
This work had so many layers; it was simple in approach, complicated in technique and creative in conceptual execution.
Is it worth going to La Biennale? Always.
Are the expensive Bellini at Harry’s Bar worth it? Absolutely!
Until the next Biennale (hopefully you will join me)… Ciao!