|We sit starving amidst our gold by Jeremy Deller painted by Stuart Sam Huges|
for the British Pavilion ENGLISH MAGIC
Photo by Cristiano Corte © British Council
The Encyclopedic Palace, the 55th La Biennale International Art Exhibition closed on Sunday, November 24, 2013 after setting many new records for attendance, one of the most impressive being that young people and students represented 31.75% of the total visitors.
|VENICE PAVILION /Silk roads. |
Yiqing Yin - Photo by Enrico Zilli
|This year, Portugal achieved a first by sailing its pavilion |
all the way from Lisbon and parking it outside the Giardini
|Danae by Vadim Zakharov|
for the Russian Pavilion
|Marino Auriti's "Il Encyclopedico Palazzo del Mondo (ca. 1950s) |
surrounded J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere's photographs
Photo By Francesco Galli, Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia
So, if you think visiting Epcot Center is fun, you should think about coming to Venice specifically to visit La Biennale, especially since contemporary art has become all the rage. Biennale, of course, means once every two years. So in odd number years there is Art Biennale, and in even numbered years there is Architecture Biennale, which is equally astonishing.
"However, these results are also a sign of a highly significant evolution in terms of quality, our primary concern. Some time ago we began specific research with regard to the people visiting La Biennale to contribute to the critical and cultural enrichment and sophistication of increasingly broad groups of visitors and young people.
"One element stands out," added Baratta. "Those who still only attend la Biennale's more social Vernissage and draw false conclusions must now acknowledge that we recorded more visitors in the three weeks in October than in the opening week. After the opening five days of the exhibition, the yachts all departed and the following six months were characterized by the presence of the backpack crowd. Many of those who came for the pre-opening returned to visit a second and third time; this is another important element, which makes our glorious Vernissage no longer the paradise but the purgatory of super experts in the field."
|Photo: La Biennale|
|sarah sze: triple point (gleaner), 2013 US Pavilionphoto: tom powel imaging|
"Therefore, if I was able to build this imaginary museum we call Biennale -- this year's Palazzo Enciclopedico -- I owe it to so many talented fellow adventurers who helped me throughout this journey."
Gioni concluded: "The success of visitors to this edition shows that art is something we do together and is a part of many people's lives."
|Photo: Complex Art & Design|
"Have you got some English Magic there?" I asked.
"Indeed. Hold out your hands."
This I did. He placed an strange object in my palms. "That is a Neolithic hand axe dated around 4,000 BCE."
"Really? Wow! Where did they find it?" I could feel the ancient vibrations pulsing through my hands.
"Along the Thames."
"Along the Thames? Just lying around?"
"There are a lot of people who like to walk along the Thames looking for ancient treasures. Would you like to hold another?"
This time the object was shaped like a large arrowhead, with a distinct yellowish color. "That is probably the oldest object you will ever hold in your life," said the fellow. "That is a Lower Palaeolithic hand axe discovered around London. It dates back to 250,000 to 400,000 BCE before we were human beings. It's made of flint and amber."
"Wow. Before we were human. That is magic!"
|English Magic by Jeremy Deller on display in the British Pavilion |
Courtesy: British Council. Photo: Simon Grant, Tate
In June 2011 Roman Abramovich's 377-foot yacht, Luna, was moored alongside the Giardini quay. It blocked the view for many and a security fence was erected around it, restricting the use of the promenade by locals, tourists and visitors to the Biennale. This act enraged William Morris, the Victorian designer and socialist, who, though long dead, returned as a colossus and threw the yacht into the lagoon. The act is shown with examples of Morris's work, alongside privatisation certificates and coupons from the era following the break-up of the Soviet Union, the accumulation of which became the source of much of the wealth of present-day oligarchs.
|Archivio Foto by Cindy Sherman|
Photo by Francesco Galli
Courtesy by la Biennale di Venezia
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