The problem with two-yearly mega art exhibitions like Venice is that you know too well what to expect, which is exactly why shows like this are so seductive.
It is crowded, there are lots of pavilions showing embarrassing stuff but at the same time also beautiful artworks left and right and a notion what the artworld is about these days.
So after our visit we know now that the artworld of today paints a rather pessimistic image. The artists shows a world who is about to collapse for reasons of politics, war, pollution, rising seas and humanity itself.
No fun, no future in short.
The highlights of this Biennale (according to us) are the pavilions of Denmark, France, Ghana and the central exhibition May you live in interesting times in the Arsenal. (The other part of May you live in interesting times was more or less a overcrowded reprise of the Arsenal and therefore less convincing.)
Over all, it were the videos that appealed to us, while at the same time we found the current fashion in painting not convincing.
All in all, three well spend days with a hodgepodge of good, bad and ugly in a still intriguing city.
We’ll be back…
Enjoy the photo’s !
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