June 7th, 2013

VENICE, Arsenale, June 7

Camille Henrot, video, at the Arsenale, Venice

Massimiliano Gioni’s curated exhibition,“The Encyclopedic Palace”, continues at the Arsenale, along with the presentation of additional national pavilions. As mentioned previously, French artist, Camille Henrot, won the prize for best emerging young artist. Her video at the Arsenale exemplifies Gioni’s thesis concerning the quest for universal knowledge. The piece is a mesmerizing compendium of images and information drawn from biology, anthropology, philosophy, religion and literature. She attempts to capture the genesis of everything, recounted in a male voice that intermittently sounds like poetry, chanting or scientific dogma.

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June 6th, 2013


Carl Jung, from the “Red Book”, Venice Biennale


“The Encyclopedic Palace”, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, is the key exhibition of the Biennale. The first section is located in the Central Pavilion within the Giardini, where I began the day. The exhibition is essentially about the impossible dream of universal knowledge. From the opening installation of Carl Jung’s illustrated manuscript, “Red Book”, to the riveting performance piece created by Tino Sehgal, artists grapple with ways to reconcile the self with the universe. Whether the source is the personal internal or the social external, images are the vehicle of communication.

Gioni asks: What room is left for inner images in an era besieged and obsessed by external ones? What do we see with our eyes closed? How can images help us understand ourselves and the world around us?

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June 5th, 2013

VENICE, evening June 5

Are we in Venice or what? Meet my fabulous taxi driver!

Hello Venezia!   Arrival by water taxi is always the most exhilarating way to enter Venice, especially after a 14 hour flight from Los Angeles via Zurich.  A cruise up the Grand Canal reveals the graceful palazzi bedecked with banners announcing the exhibitions around the city.  In the fading light, the glorious past is celebrated along with the promise of fulfilling adventure ahead, not to mention great pasta!  Tomorrow is an early start.  Ciao!

The Sonnabend Collection at Ca’ Pesaro, Venice

June 3rd, 2013


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.

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