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Our highlights of Venice Biennale Arte 2017


A must see in our calendar is the Venice “Biennale Arte”. Being the world’s biggest and oldest art festival every odd year over half a million people visit Venice to discover new artists and the latest art trends. This 57th International Art Exhibition, titled “VIVA ARTE VIVA” has been curated by Christine Marcel of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which she describes as “a Biennale designed for artists, by artists, with their practice in the centre”. At Arsenale and Giardini venues we can find the vast majority of works, although we can find different art pieces along the city. For those of you who are planning a trip to Venice, you have a chance to visit the Biennale until November 26, 2017. Here you have our list of favourites, so you can’t miss anything.

Support by Lorenzo Quinnat Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Two large hands emerge from the Grand Canal to protect and support the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The hands symbolise tools that can both destroy the world, but also have the capacity to save it. With this installation, Quinn draws attention to the delicate situation of global warming and climate changes. The sculpture generates an immediate understanding of the environmental impact for places such as Venice (and the world) is threatened by rising sea levels.

“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” by Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

This exhibition is his most complex project to date. It is displayed across 5,000 square meters within the space of two museums: Palazzo Grassi and Punta dellaDogana.“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the ‘Unbelievable’, and exhibits simulations of what was discovered of its cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II – which was destined for a temple dedicated to the sun. PalazzioGrassi main atrium keeps the biggest discovery of the cargo: an 18 meters gargantuan statue of the “Demon with bowl”.

Olivetti showroom by Charles Zanaat Piazza San Marco

For the centenary of EttoreSottssas birth, the architect Charles Zana sets up the exhibition “DIALOGO”, which brings together over 70 pieces. The exhibition of Milanese designer and Memphis group founder EttoreSottsass and his little-known ceramics is displayed at Olivetti’s Venice showroom, which was renovated by Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa in 1957.

Golden Tower by James Lee Byars at Campo San Vio, Dorsoduro

The sculpture was created by the late American artist James Lee Byars in 1976 but is being exhibited in a public space for the first time. Presented by Fondazione Giuliani and Michael Werner Gallery, the glowing tower is entirely gilded and took several months to craft. This giant gold beacon is located in the Dorsoduro, between the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and it is visible throughout many areas of the city. The tower’s brilliant gilded surface echoes the golden mosaic façade of the adjacent Palazzo Barbarigo.

Images via:

Halcyon Gallery
Damien Hirst and Palazzo Grazzi (Photographs by Prudence Cuming Associates, courtesy of Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/SIAE 2017)
Matthieu Salvaing and Francesco Allegretto
Fundazione Guiliani

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