La Biennale – ILLUMINations

We may have missed La Biennale if our neighbor hadn’t told us about it. (Thanks Christen!) It’s a contemporary art exhibition that takes place every two years – odd years – in Venice. This is the 54th annual exhibition. More than 34 countries exhibit sculpture, performing art, painting, modern media, music, dance, theater and, of course, cinematography with the Venice Film Festival.

The title of this year’s exhibition: ILLUMInations.

Permanent La Bienalle pavilions of many countries stand at the north end of Venice. The remaining exhibitions are in buildings peppered around the city; the Venice Film Festival is on Lido island, southeast of Venice.

We spent 6 hours today wandering in and out of pavilions; we were surprised, entertained, repulsed, moved, offended, enlightened. What more can you ask from an art exhibition?

If you walk from St. Mark’s square toward the Arsenale and through the Castello gardens to the La Biennale, you are rewarded with tall trees and green grass, rare in most areas of Venice.







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