I went to Venice to attend the opening of the 2013 Biennale last week, and despite the dreary weather and the long lines in front of everything of interest, I’m already planning to go again in two years. Nevertheless, the exhibition “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” in the Arsenale and the Central Pavillon, that was curated by Massimiliano Gioni, and the more than 80 participating countries with exhibitions in the Giardini and in spaces spread all over the city, is still on view until November and should be a must-see for everyone interested in contemporary art.
Although there is just too much to see in only four days (considering there’s a lot of opening parties with people like DJ Chloé and Nicolas Jaar playing one needs/wants/should attend), I worked hard on getting a least a peak at everything, managing to take notice of at least two of three awarded contributions: Tino Sehgal received the Golden Lion for the best artist with his performance in the Central Pavillon and Camille Henrot won the Silver Lion for a promising young artist with her video work Grosse Fatigue, on view in the Arsenale. While I guess everyone thought France would receive the Golden Lion for the best national participation with their impressively perfect installed video work of Anri Sala, the price was awarded to Angola, an exhibition I’ve not managed to visit.
I am giving you a photo tour of my personal favorites in Venice. What is missing is the video work of Hito Steyerl How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File, that I didn’t manage to take a good photo of. You’ll find it at the back-end of the Arsenale area.