Venice Biennale 2013


Odd-numbered years mean just one thing in Venice: Biennale time. From June 1 to November 24 this year, visitors will be giving the opportunity to stumble upon unexpected artistic moments thanks to clever placement of artworks from around the world. Art lovers can also spend days exploring the national pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale, located out of the hustle and bustle in the city’s east. Among the eight countries making their Biennale debut this year are Kosovo, Maldives, Nigeria and Paraguay.

The main exhibition, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), is displayed at the Giardini and in the Arsenale. Taking its inspiration from the project of Italian-American artist Marino Auriti, the Palazzo Enciclopedico refers to an imaginary museum intended to display all worldly knowledge. The beacon to universal understanding was modeled to have 136 stories and to be seven hundred meters tall. The Biennale’s version of this noble concept, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, explores Auriti’s dream on the artistic landscape. The show combines works of contemporary art with historical artifacts and found objects, and takes an anthropological approach to artistic imagery. The central pavilion includes the work of more than 150 artists from 37 countries, including the original manuscript of Carl Gustav Jung’s The Red Book, the paintings of Hilma af Klint, video work by Steve McQueen and a smaller show within the main pavilion, curated by Cindy Sherman.
You can also look forward to seeing Ai Wei Wei ‘Bang’, 886-three legged wooden stools made by traditional craftsmen and installed as a voluminous structure; ‘Gas Giant’ a large-scale site-specific installation by Jacob Hashimoto taking over the rooms of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia; and also the new photographic production of Kuwaiti Tarek Al-Ghoussein decomposing symbols of grandeur  in past glorious times, in an attempt to reinterpret Kuwait modernization project.

Ai Wei Wei ‘Bang’


Jacob Hashimoto ‘Gas Giant’


Photographic Project by Tarek Al Ghoussein

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