The Multiple Pleasures of the Venice Biennale


Unexpected visuals abound at the Venice Biennale, an international showcase of modern art held on odd numbered years in this ancient maritime city. The 2013 show (just opened to Nov. 24) includes this sculpture by British artist Marc Quinn, on San Giorgio Maggiore island (AFP  / Gabriel Bouys). Below, Quinn’s Spiral of the Galaxy, a bronze seashell artwork (Wallpaper magazine)


The Biennale also includes theatre, music and live art performances, including this one by Chinese artist Li Wei in front of Saint Mark’s Square (Photo credit: Getty, from The Telegraph’s extensive slide show.)

liweiMuch of the exhibition is in pavilions created by participants from 88 countries. Here is the work of Polish multimedia artist Pawel Althamer, who “plastifies Venetians,” as Boom put it in a feature on the Biennale this week. The hands and faces of these surreal, life-size works were cast in plastic from local Venetians, with bodies formed of plastic ribbons. (Credit: My Modern Met)


See more on the Venice Biennale website, here.

A New York Times piece about the (celebrity) collectors who attend the Biennale, here.

An overview of why the event in Venice is important, and often controversial, here.


There are 14 comments

  1. artgallerygerdah

    Hi, i was stunned when I saw the picture with the naked lady besides the church! I wondered, how ma photo got here:-)
    I took some fotos from that lady, as I thought it was one of the most impressing peaces of art at the Bienale. Thanks for these wonderful memories! gerda


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