For a couple of weeks I have been noticing the difference between the “Regular Tourist” and the “Art Tourist”. The Big Cruisers and Yachts have arrived full of expensive brands and fine linens.
56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte
The Biennale has begun!
Got my ticket last week and went into the Giardini venue. Only saw a few pavilions. Since I got the permanent pass, thought I would take it easy and look at it bit by bit.
Mainly because a lot of what I saw was of the type of art that I don’t really get or enjoy. So I’ll take it easy.
SWITZERLAND – Our Product
Commissioner: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Sandi Paucic and Marianne Burki. Deputy-Commissioner: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Rachele Giudici Legittimo. Curator: Susanne Pfeffer.
VENEZUELA – Te Doy Mi Palabra
Commissioner: Oscar Sotillo Meneses. Deputy Commissioner: Reinaldo Landaeta Díaz. Curator: Oscar Sotillo Meneses.Deputy Curator: Morella Jurado.
I enjoyed the performances in the pavilion. They mean something to me in the sense that one of the songs being sung was one that I remember from when I was a kid. The other was the National Anthem. I still don’t really get Performance.
I would have liked it to be more political content really, considering the political situation in Venezuela and in general all the social side of it would have been great to see. I think “delicate” situations like the one Venezuela is going though make great art!
RUSSIA – The Green Pavilion
Irina NakhovaCommissioner: Stella Kesaeva. Curator: Margarita Tupitsyn.
This pavilion I liked a lot. They played with light and optical illusions.
The first room downstairs was dark and they were playing bits of film, like Russian home made films of events in peoples life’s. There was a big image being projected on the floor in the middle of the room. Worms moving in soil (made me cringe a little).
The top floor of the pavilion was pitch black and there was a square glass bit of floor over the downstairs projection. The first time I looked down, I though I was going to be sick. It was great!
JAPAN – The Key In The Hand
Chiharu ShiotaCommissioner: The Japan Foundation. Curator: Hitoshi Nakano.
So far, this has been one of my favourite installations. The detail and scale of it left me pretty in love. I’m going to see it again with my camera. The one in my phone doesn’t do it justice, so I’m taking the film one.
Here’s a video:
So far these are some of the ones I have seen. I visited another exhibition yesterday in the Palazzo Grimani; but that’s another post.
The videos are still downloading.
Because of the Biennale, there have been loads of things going around the city. Here’s a video of some guys playing music.
They were called Non c’e due; if anybody is interested.
I like film the bottom half of people.