I’m off to the Venice Biennale this week and then to the Basel Art Fair. I’ll be posting pictures and highlights daily.  Please join me as I share this exciting trip on the Blog!

Miao Xiaochun at the Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale

I’m especially interested to see the Chinese Pavilion. Wang Chunchen, head of the curatorial research team at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing is the curator of the Chinese pavilion. He is also the adjunct curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan, reportedly the first China-based curator hired by an American art museum.

Wang Qingsong at the Chinese Pavilion, Venice Biennale

Works in the Chinese pavilion by seven artists range from painting to photography, video and installation under the theme of “transfiguration”.  Several well known artists such as Wang Qingsong and Miao Xiaochun are participating.


PRIZES: Best Pavilion, Best Artist, Best Young Artist

Edson Chagas at the Angola Pavilion, Palazzo Cini, Venice Biennale

The Golden Lion for the best national pavilion went to Angola, one of ten countries participating for the first time in the Biennale. The featured work is by 34 year-old photographer, Edson Chagas.  Pictured are stacks of his takeaway photos.

Tino Sehgal, performance piece, “The Encyclopedic Palace”, Venice Biennale

The Golden Lion for best artist was awarded to Tino Sehgal for his performance piece in Massimiliano Gioni’s curated exhibition, “The Encyclopedic Palace”.  The Silver Lion for best promising young artist went to Camille Henrot for her video, “Grosse Fatigue” on view in the Arsenale.


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6 Responses to “ON THE ROAD: VENICE & BASEL”

  1. Richard Telles Says:

    Go see Mathias Poledna at the Austrian Pavilion (I work with him and he lives here in LA).
    Have a great trip.

  2. Alan Freedman Says:

    Thanks. Good job Dorothy. I’m jealous. Happy to follow you road trip. Hope you also get to Grndewald, Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg, etc. Alan

  3. Charlotte Says:

    Hi Dorothy,
    Hope you get to see the Ai Weiwei installation. The NYT article described it as amazing. Safe travels

  4. Dorothy Says:

    Thanks, Charlotte. I saw it yesterday and it was very moving. DG

  5. Dorothy Says:

    Thanks, Alan. It has been sunny and warm in Venice. I hope the same for the mountains! DG

  6. Dorothy Says:

    Thanks, Richard. I saw the show and it was great! DG

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