After a full day at the Arsenale we started our second Biennale journey to the Giardini, where we wish to live more interesting times. The laguna opens in front of us and we experience the fresh morning air in a vaporetto trip to the Castello neighborhood, enjoying the views of Punta della Dogana and San Marco.
‘May you live in interesting times’. With this statement as a trigger point, La Biennale welcomes the visitor with a powerful (and poetic) warning. The times we are living are indeed interesting, but they may be dangerous, violent and lived as a race against the clock. This year’s exhibition, curated by Ralph Rugoff, explores the role of art in the fascintating intersection of AI, technology and humanity.
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.
“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.
The 56th Biennale of Art in Venezia closed its gates on 22nd November 2015. This year it was celebrating the 120th anniversary of the first Art Exhibition in 1895. As every two years it was a must see event to experience the paths art is taking in nowadays culture.