Venice research trip

artists, spaces, Venice tours

25 September 2009

I've just been in a beautiful tiny town named Pinacale and have travelled four hours by train to see the art at the 53rd Biennale in Venice (Italy). The Biennale occurs every second year (odd) in Venice and is an international affair.

There are tourists everywhere; however, Venice does not seem to lose its charm, as I meander through the many lanes navigating myself to hidden wine bars at 6pm for aperitivo time... un bichiere di proseco.

So much to see, such little time...

The two main venues to cover at the Biennale is the Giardini and the Arsenale.

53rd International Art Exhibition
"Making Worlds"
from 7 June to 22 November 2009

The 53rd International Art Exhibition, titled "Making Words", directed by Daniel Birnbaum and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, is open to the public from 7 June to 22 November 2009 in the Giardini (50,000 square metres) and the Arsenale (38,000 square metres), as well as in various other locations around the city. Read more.

I start with the Giardini. It's easier to navigate than one would expect. Each country has its own building in the gardens. It takes me half a day... Highlights for me were "Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens" (United States) and "The Collectors" (Denmark and Nordic countries – Finland, Norway, Sweeden).

53rd Biennale in Venice (Italy)

"The Collectors"

Chatting later... I noticed that I missed a few countries. Oops. I did manage to view the Australian exhibit by Sean Gladwell. Mad Max, Kangaroos, video work in a large black room. It was impressive and it was great to be an Australian in Venice.

53rd Biennale in Venice (Italy)

Shaun Gladwell – "Once Removed"

For me the Arsenale was my favourite site. I was impressed by the work and the space. As I love discovering art in different places, the individual exhibits of different countries, scattered around Venice such as China, Iceland and Mexico were the highlights.

What an experience... I am looking forward to taking a walk-to-art group in 2011.