ARTmonday: Venice Biennale 2011


On our second day in Venice we took a guided tour of the Biennale. While I’ve visited Venice before, I’d never been to the art exhibit; needless to say I was thrilled. La Biennale takes place in Venice every two years (hence the name). Foscarini, which is a sponsor of the festival, hosted us on a stroll through some of the 30 permanent national pavilions in the city’s Giardini (public gardens) as well as a guided tour of the “ILLUMInations” exhibit in the Venetian Arsenal. Below are the highlights from the Arsenale, which features 83 artists from around the world. Here’s a glimpse of what I saw:

Song Dong (Born and works in China)

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Andro Wekua (Born in Georgia; works in Switzerland and Germany)

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Franz West (Born and works in Austria)

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Rashid Johnson (Born and works in USA)

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Josh Smith

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Nicholoas Hlobo (Born and works in South Africa)

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Ryan Gander

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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Annette Kelm (Born and works in Germany)

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Klara Liden (Born in Sweden; works in Germany)

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Luca Francesconi (Born in Italy; works in Italy and France)

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Guilia Piscitelli (Born and works in Italy)

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Elad Lassry (Born in Israel; works in USA)

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Corinne Wasmuht (Born and works in Germany)

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Jean Luc Mylayne (Born in France; works globally)

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Birdhead (Born and work in China)

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Urs Fischer (Born in Switzerland; works in USA)

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Navid Nuur (Born in Iran; works in Holland)

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Anya Titova (Born and works in Russia)

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Rebecca Warren

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Monica Bonvincini Born in Italy; works in Germany)

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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Fabian Marti (Born and works in Switzerland)

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Ida Ekblad (Born and works in Norway)

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