06.09.2013 - 08.09.2013 26 °C
Cities are a funny thing. I thought I'd love Rome - but it didn't make quite the impression I thought. Venice, on the other hand, I adore. It's beautiful, romantic , decrepit ; and with the Biennale in town also, modern and relevant.
I stayed at the lovely Ai Do Mori hotel, which was located metres from San Marco's square (literally, I estimated it must have been about 10 metres). I lay in bed Saturday mornings hearing the bells of St Marks ring. After the compulsory tourist things were over (my two favourite photos are below) , I headed over to the Biennale to be beguiled and bemused.
The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art festival held every 2 years. Countries from around the world have pavilions where they showcase art by their local artists. In addition, temporary pavilions are created for any new countries participating. In Venice, being a historical city , the temporary pavilions are usually in palazzos or the Scoula Grandes (great schools) .
One of the great joys in my life is to find art in unexpected places. This weekend in Venice, art was everywhere. I'd walk into an old church and find an art installation from New Zealand suspended from the ceiling.
Or walk into an old warehouse type space to find a tree swinging on the ceiling ( I kid you not, check out the video below)
By Sunday evening, when I should have been tired and grumpy , I found myself invigorated. It truly was an event everyone should experience once in their lifetime (though I plan to experience it a few more times at least)
Links to some of my favourite installations are below