How are you? I bet you’ve enjoyed the last summer sun over the weekend.
This post is for all art lovers!
Last week we went to La Biennale di Venezia, which was absolutely fantastic experience and one I’m going to repeat every 2 years from now on, promise made.
Last time I visited was 4 years ago, so I was very much looking forward to this visit. Venice is, for sure, one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Unexpectedly, Venice wasn’t crowded, so we enjoyed our stay there, especially that the weather was incredible (30 degrees plus). I must say it was nice to cool down in numerous art pavilions and galleries, admiring many fabulous artists from around the world and their creations and installations.
This year’s art exhibition is called All the World’s Futures and is open to the public from May to November, so you still have time to visit.
This year, I much preferred the Arsenale venue than the Giardini one, but if you’ve got time, please don’t hesitate to see both. You probably need 2 days to explore both venues not risking an art-overload haha
My favourite bits from the Arsenale:
Bruce Nauman (for neon words)
Sarkis ‘Respiro’ (for neon rainbow)
Katharina Grosse (for colour and texture)
Joana Hadjidthomas and Kahil Joreige (for books and geometric abstract)
Pavilion of Georgia ‘Crawling Borders’ (for the use of glass and mirrors)
Kutlug Ataman’s ‘The portrait of Sakip Sabanci’ (great example of video art)
Georg Baselitz (for the inverted paintings)
Italian artists did incredible well this year, in my opinion. Just a few examples of the art work I liked:
The below is called ‘Latent combustion’ by Monica Bonvicini.
The second one was created by Marzia Migliora. Spot the blogger!
Also, I thought Indonesia did great this year. The installation is called ‘Voyage Trokomod’ and was created by Heri Dono, one of the leading Indonesian contemporary artists.
The idea is based on fusion of the Trojan horse with the Indonesian Komodo dragon. There’s lots to explore and you can touch some buttons ( I liked that).
In terms of the Giardini part of the Biennale, my personal favourites were: the Canadian pavilion (something different, a mini-journey through a half-finished shop);
The Russian pavilion, especially the below installation by Irina Nakhova.
Also, the Swiss pavilion was a bit of a surprise; by Pamela Rosenkranz ‘Our product’.
And at last, the most photographed pavilion this year…the Japanese one. Chiharu Shiota ‘The key in the hand’ is eye-catching and mesmerasing regadless which way you look at it.
Some useful hints&tips for those wishing to travel to Venice:
Venice at night is absolutely beautiful and empty; very safe to walk around, so put some music on and enjoy!
Get a Venezia unica city pass – it’s a great value for money and you can get a discount at the Biennale entrance.
If you’ve got time, go to Lido for a day, hire a bike and cycle to the beach (a swim in the Adriatic Sea is a must). Plus, if you like film, you can still catch The Venice Film Festival.
Food: Cannaregio district is the best. On Friday and Saturday, make a booking. Worth checking: Il Paradiso Perduto and Alle Due Gondolette (ask for a garden area).
Drinks: Dorsoduro district, Campo Santa Margherita, especially if you like Aperol spritz, I do.
Also, we had an amazing antipasti at Osteria Alla Bifaro there.
Have you been to the Venice Biennale before? Are you planning to go? I’d love to hear your thoughts.