Venezia, Venezia

Having experienced the bi annual event,the 55th Venice Biennale, which was spread across both the Giardini and Arsenale sites, I am now feeling both satiated but rather fatigued with the vast arrangement of images, objects and installations. so what will I take home fro this? Well, the Encyclopedic Palace was something quite extraordinary, the work ranged from familiar pieces such as Robert Crumb’s interpretation of the Book of Genesis through to Carl Jung’s remarkable and unknown Red Book which for many was the highlight of the event. Personally I enjoyed Alfredo Jaar’s Venezia, Venezia which depicted the Giardini both submerging and re-emerging from a stagnant eau de nil tank…there were single pieces such as John de Andrea’s photo realistic bronze nude as well as Pawel Althamer’s room of flayed Venetian figures, like Dante’s inferno but within the vast compound that makes up the historic Arsenale. Off site wonders include Rudolf Stigel’s intervention in the palazzo Grassi, where the entire palace is carpeted floor to ceiling in Eastern carpet albeit redesigned by the artist and digitally printed on cheap material. Marc Quinn’s massive blow up sculpture of Alison Lapper dominates the space beside the Church of san Giorgio and is worth the vaporetta crossing if only to see it close up…

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