Art Slant Venice Biennale

In Anticipation of Missing Something

New national pavilions – Angola, Bahrain, and Holy See  with Gabriella Picone

It’s nearly impossible to see every work of art at the Venice Biennale and although many attempt to complete this glorious task, they often fall short. The biennale is just too monumental with the eighty-eight participating national pavilions, the extensive exhibition hall and hundred subsidiary events spread around the city. Inevitably there are always going to be one or two forgotten national pavilions tucked away in the pockets of the city or an installation by an emerging artist located on the second floor of a hidden palazzo that is missed.

This year’s 55th Venice Biennale, “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” curated by Massimilano Gioni, is my fifth biennale and although with every visit I attempt to complete the unthinkable task of seeing it all, I always find myself reading a review a week later of a piece I overlooked.

I have, however, at each biennale managed to consistently visit the twenty-nine national pavilions that are centrally situated in the Giardini. These buildings that are allocated to specific nations, consist of predominantly European countries and have nearly all coexisted since the first Venice Biennale 118 years ago. What I seem to always overlook are the new participating pavilions that are often located in the outskirts of the main exhibition. Ironically these countries, that are harder for me to point out on a globe, are equally difficult for me to track down in the windy streets of Venice.

Hence for this 55th biennale, I fought my natural inclination to visit the Giardini and Arsenale first and instead to venture into the city of Venice to explore the newer and often less established national pavilions…

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Mariam HajiThe Victory, 2013, installation view, Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, In a world of your own, 55th International Art Exhibition, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, la Biennale di Venezia; photo by Italo Rondinella, courtesy by la Beinnale di Venezia. Image at top: Edson Chagas, Pavilion of Angola, Luanda, Encyclopedic City, 55th International Art Exhibition, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, la Biennale di Venezia; photo by Italo Rondinella, courtesy by la Beinnale di Venezia.

Federico Florian: KLAT magazine – Special Venice BiennaleBiennale Arte 2013 Diario #01
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #02. Arsenale
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #03. Giardini
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #04. Padiglione Italia
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #05. Francia
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #06. Libano
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #07. Gran Bretagne
Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #08. Olanda

Biennale Arte 2013 Diario #09. Irlanda
Vernissage TV at the Venice Biennale
[VIDEO] Vadim Zakharov. Danaë, Russian Pavilion
[VIDEO] Tavares Strachan, Polar Eclipse, Bahamas Pavilion

[VIDEO] Kamikaze Loggia, Pavilion of Georgia
[VIDEO] Konrad Smoleński, Polish Pavillon
[VIDEO] Yiqing Yin: In-Between, Venice Pavilion
[VIDEO] Mark Manders, Room with Broken Sentence, Dutch Pavilion
[VIDEO] Jeremy Deller, English Magic, British Pavilion
[VIDEO] Valentin Carron, Swiss Pavilion 
[VIDEO] Ai Weiwei, Bang, German Pavilion
[VIDEO] Alfredo Jaar, Venezia, Venezia, Chilean Pavilion
[VIDEO] Lara Almarcegui, Spanish Pavilion
[VIDEO] Sarah Sze, Triple Point, US Pavilion 

[VIDEO] Berlinde de Bruyckere, Kreupelhout – Cripplewood, Belgian Pavilion
Special Edition: Venice Biennale #4The Biennale collateral events: a few remarks around the stones of Venice
Special Edition: Venice Biennale #3The national pavilions, Part II: Politics vs. Imagination
Special Edition: Venice Biennale #2The national pavilions. An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial
Special Edition: Venice Biennale #1Notes on ‘the Encyclopedic Palace’. A Venetian Tour Through the Biennale
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The Last Days in Venice


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