After our stroll through the Arsenale we moved to the calm and shady Giardini, where the Central Pavilion and major Participating Countries pavilions are found by the calm waters of the Laguna. Here we find the two introductory chapters of this travel to discover our human identity trough ART: the Pavilion of Artists and Books and the Pavilion of Joys and Fears.
In a world where the concept of what defines us as humans is lost among conflict, art is most needed. In the 57th International Art Exhibition of Venice (La Biennale Arte 2017) ART (in capital letters) is treated as the ultimate path to freedom, self-expression, question and debate. This years exhibition is designed ‘with artists, by artists and for artists’, quoting Christine Macel, the curator. This journey through their ideas and imagination, their concerns and doubts, their life and practice is structured in nine chapters or pavilions, two in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and seven across the Arsenale.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – born in 1928 in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser – became one of the most well-known artists and architects from Austria. His paintings are full of bright colours, spirals and nature elements combined with touches of gold and silver.
“The Wreck of the Unbelievable” exhibition continues at Palazzo Grassi with the colossal Demon with Bowl. The headless statue is one of the key pieces of the fictional shipwreck; the visitor wonders how this fantastic eighteen-meter resin figure was placed in the Venetian classic palace.
Citing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Damien Hirst reveals the treasures of his exhibition “The Wreck of the Unbelievable” at Punta della Dogana in Venice. The artist proposes an extravagant excercise of believe: all statues, objects and pieces were supposedly sunk in a ship named Apistos and later discovered in the Indian Ocean.
By the calm waters of the Main, in the Museumsufer, we find the Liebieghaus, a museum with an impressive collection that offers an overview of five thousand years of sculpture from Ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. The splendid Liebieg Villa was built between the 1892 and 1896 by the architect Leonhard Romeis, and combines features of different architectural styles from all over Europe.
In 1888, the Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner built the opulent villa surrounded by nature for himself and his wife Louise. Ernst Fuchs – leading representative of Vienna’s Fantastic Realists – opened it to the public.
Where the golden angels are closer to heaven and the woods surround vestiges from the Viennese Jugendstil. The opulent Saint Leopold church was built between 1903 and 1907 by the architect Otto Wagner at the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital.
Ai Weiwei reinterprets symbolism, tradition and repatriation in over-sized bronzed sculptures. After Prague, Chicago, Paris and Los Angeles, the exhibition took place in the Belvedere gardens of Vienna.