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Travel: Biennale Arte, Giardini Day 2, Venice, Italy June 24/22

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

The segment travel to Venice started on June 23rd ,(part 1) the arrival date and lasted

until June 28th, being dedicated to touring the 2022 Biennale Arte

Visit to the Giardini

On the way to the Garden , by sea

Homage monument to the women Partisan by the Biennale Gardens

In memory of the partisan movement the monument in Venice that pays homage to women who contributed to the fall of fascism in Italy. a bronze sculpture representing a reclining figure of a partisan woman, sunk in the sea water.

The monument was designed by Augusto Murer (Falcade 1922 – Padova 1985) in 1961. and Carlo Scarpa, who designed the base, imagined that the best and most spontaneous way to look at the sculpture would be achieved by positioning it at a lower height than the observer.

The chosen solution was to build a floating metal and concrete caisson whose surface is covered with bronze sheets.

The artist's bronze lies on the sheets so that it seems to be resting on the water surface.

Unfortunately, the technology and inadequate materials at the time, together with the increased wave motion, deprived the sculpture - almost from the very beginning – of its planned ability to float. However, in coincidence with the centenary of Carlo Scarpa's birth in 2009, the Municipality proceeded to perform a complete renovation of the monument and restored it to its former aspect.

 At the Giardini Entrance

’Description of the World’ –World cultures Pop Art, inspired by the historic Marco Polo voyage off Venice,

A collage faces by Navin Rawanchaikul, an artist from Thailand

Funded and sponsored by Swatch which operates scholarships to artists and operates a Book store - swatch. The Ukraine Solidarity Square against Russia - White Bag Tower

Russian Pavilion characterized by its beautiful classical architecture was sanctioned and closed due to bloody war this year.

Map of the Pavilions' at the Giardini

The US Pavilion

A neo-Palladian structure with white columns that waves to Jeffersonian architecture, has gone African, with a thatched roof that drapes partway down the facade, supported by a discreet metal armature and wooden poles, .

Simon Leigh - an Afro American sculptor artist representing the US at the Biennale


“Satellite,” a 24-foot bronze female form with a concave disc for a head, destined for the forecourt of the Pavilion,

The Clothes Washer bending out of bronze over a large black pool

Exploring the burden of colonial histories and the promise of Black feminism in an exhibition of bronzes and ceramics

Leigh is the second black artist nominated to present US pavilion.

Cecilia Alemani. helped to expose her work when she asked Simon asked display her sculptor on the NYC High Line. project Black bronze ritualistic sculptures are an homage to the stereotyped African Mama primitive types who were oppressed and raped by white colonial men, and now are upgraded in Simon's work to a large rebellious sculptures, reconstructing the meaning of the past, also by whitening the black Israeli Pavilion (designed by the architect Zeev Rechter)


The Artist:

Hilit Azulay a Jaffa born, Israeli artist based in Berlin

Known for recomposing images according to data gained by a thorough research process, the exhibit pays homage to photographed photo- montage images of archived medieval metal instruments/objects (as of 12 c), collected by the Austrian-British Art Historian/researcher of Islam, David Storm Rice (1913-1962) who also photographs these medieval inlaid metal vessels, from Islamic countries, made and traded by people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds and which migrated all around Europe and to Venice, and later were housed at the Jerusalem Islamic art museum.

Sound work of women Voice is communicated by mystical inspiration, spiritual inclination and the need of magic, while using technological, scientific intellectual methods of expression. Rebellious against secularized thought and against linear historical manly influence the art has no beginning and no end.

I found it hard to relate to the exhibit, or be impressed by is messages. Polish Pavilion

Re-enchanting the World by the artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas,

The artist finds inspiration in her roots, in places where Roma people live.

The exhibition, consists of twelve large-format most colorful textiles installation, quilt like, naive style, alluding to the famous ‘Hall of the Months’ fresco series from the Renaissance Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, and is an attempt to find the place of the rejected Roma community in European art history.

I liked her work very much. Denmark Pavilion Haunting transhuman installation 'we walked the earth' by multi-disciplinary he artist

Uffe Isolotto specializing in physical and digital sculpturing

Spread over the entire pavilion, images of Danish pastoral farm life mix with bizarre

sci-fi elements, and hybrid creatures weaving a hyper-realistic, neurotic to apocalyptic world of uncertainty. A drama of life and death, a struggle to cope with the challenges of current ever-changing reality, a state of turmoil between despair and hope, reflecting the profound ambiguity of today’s world.

I found the are quite repulsive.

German Pavilion

Maria Eichhorn (1962) a German artist based in Berlin, known for site-specific works and installations that investigate political and economic systems, often revealing their intrinsic absurdity.

Maria Eichhorn's exhibit focuses on the history of the German (Bavarian) pavilion built in 1909, and its architectural transformation.

It was renamed the German Pavilion in 1912 and was redesigned in 1938 to reflect fascist aesthetics.

A new façade, rear extensions, and a raised ceiling contributed to it intimidating appearance.

Despite post-war modifications, and the initial famous trial of artist Hans Haacke in the 1993 Biennale, to shattered the building’s travertine floors and put the rubble on display, the building still embodies the formal language of fascism.

Maria Eichhorn makes a political statement via conceptual visual art -work when she uncovers traces of the original pavilion, hidden behind its 1938 redesign by excavating deep holes into the underground, exposing the crudity and dark side of humanity, and leaving violent marks on the pavilion's walls up to ceiling, and down to the base, injuring the structure and trying to extract the "rotten foundations" which Hitler's Fascism/Racism, sipped and contaminated the entire society. Greek Pavilion

Exhibit: "Oedipus In Search of Colonus" a Video By the moving image (she) artist and filmmaker Loukia Alavanou

The entry lines to the pavilions which can accommodate only 8 spectators at one time, were long, Thus the pavilion was passed on the tour. However during the group's lunch break, Carmela and I manged to make it into the pavilion, and spectated the video , which, though interesting, was much too long.

The artist invites the public to an utopic voyage through time and space, by individual watching of a 3D video, which links the cultural past of classical Greece – especially the work of theater author Sophocles – to the social reality of today. The video shows the desperate existence of Roma communities in Nea Zoi, west of Athens.

Futuristic technologies of film-making, casting Roma as actors for a Sophocles play, and creating a dramatic yet intimate atmosphere in the Greek Pavilion, are in use.

The French Pavilion

Les rêves n’ont pas de titre - Dreams Have No Titles,

French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira

(born in 1963 in Paris), who lives in London and works between Algeria, Paris and London, transformed the French pavilion into an ensemble of film sets paying an homage the era in which France, Algeria and Italy

co-produced numerous films. Creating an atmosphere of a typical Parisian bar -inspired by Ballando, ballando by Ettore Scola, The visitor can sit at the counter or on the bistro-style tables and sip a glass of red wine while a couple of performers stage a passionate tango marking the beginning and end of an ephemeral love affair.

And in the second room a typical reconstructed ‘50s living area speaks of an intimacy and a sense of protection of the domestic environment, enriched with a vintage memorabilia and posters, recreated the colonial past of her home country. declaring how the illusive magic of cinema has completely pervaded her imagination as a child and later as a woman.

Korea Pavilion

In the infinite cycles of creation and extinction, it gyrates and descends;

Yunchul Kim - artist and electronic music composer, has transformed the Korean Pavilion with five large-scale kinetic sculptures and a site-specific wall drawing.

A Snake Monster - Artificial intelligence kinetic presentation. Technology and Mithology.

The artist turnned the pavilion into its own world, or ‘living body’, occupied by his dynamic works that intend to awaken visitors’ senses to the continuous cycle of beginnings and endings.

The theme permeates everything from energy to matter, life, and the universe – the cycles are ubiquitous and ever-present.

Recycle sensieized movement of like micro-organism algorithms, waves electric parts making bird noise The exhibition explores the world as a labyrinth, where there are both motion in stillness and stillness in motion, embracing nonhuman objects and material reality

The Brazilian Pavilion

Com o coraçao saindo pela boca - With the Heart Coming Out of the Mouth

The installation by Jonathas de Andrade who was born in Maceió in 1982, studied communications at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, the city in which he now lives and works, consists of a theater of the absurd, the irrational, the off-scale, the allegorical, the excessive and the bizar

The entrance is marked by a large ear (just like the exit), an anticipatory element of what will be discover inside - Anatomy is, the subject of the artist’s research.

An eye removed from its orbit, a bloody and cut tongue, an infected finger that endlessly presses the wrong key, two arms that support a heart, a mouth from which another inflatable heart emerges, a cold back that comes from the wall: these are the body parts that are literally and repeatedly fragmented, reduced to silence, ignored and torn to pieces.

The British Pavilion

"Feeling Her Way" - an audio-visual installation by artist and academic Sonia Boyce

OBE RA (b. London, 1962)

Musical languages and sensorial experiences as forms of expressions. transformed pavilion -winner of the Golden Lion, into a recording studio.

The Video is a protest against silencing black women singers in the UK and giving them a voice via an immersive presentation.

Screens document the meeting at Abbey Road Studios between five Black British musicians: Errollyn Wallen, Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha, Sofia Jernberg and Tanita Tikaram.

Central Exhibition Pavilion

Carlo Scarpa, ( 1906 - 1978) who was influenced by the materials, landscape and the history of Venetian culture, and by Japan is the architect ,who built the garden with the Japanese feel, where the sculptures of Simon Fatale

are positioned in this year's Biennale.

The exterior quint garden is very much worth the visit

The sculptor combines metal, glass, concrete, and stone with ephemeral elements such as flame, scent, and light,

and they resemble surgical instruments, laboratory equipment, torture devices, instruments of fetishism, military gear, or medieval armour, mixing protection, pleasure and pain in a precarious balance.

Jana Euler (born 1982, Friedberg, Germany

lives and works in Frankfurt and Brussels

Phallic sharks and other distorted images viscerally off-putting, grating, or garish,

Born in 1962 in Mombasa, Kenya, the surrealist Cosima Von Bonin lives and works in Cologne. Germany

A conceptual sculpture and installation artist, often using fabric, wood, film, music, and found objects to create scenes referencing craft and pop culture

Under semi Renaissance ceiling

Sculptor Romanian-American Andra Ursuta who has lived/worked in NYC since 2000

Nihilistic portrayal of the human condition, confronting issues such as patriotism, violence against women, and the “expulsion of ethnic groups

Empowered Women

A Portuguese-British surrealist painter, illustrator and print-maker.

Born in 1935 - Lisbon, Portugal. Contradictions of humanity are fully exposed; fantasy and reality, strength and suppression, and the personal and the political all writhe together in circling dialogue. Her own experience with a mentally sick father and as a sexually abused child takes most disturbed, powerless, repulsive and grotesque representation in her art work.


At the Giardini'sOut doors

More of Sculptor Carole Feuerman

On the way back from the Biennale Giardini

Recommend reasonably priced restaurant near by the hotel Osteria del Lovo (off San Marco) +39 338 6757688


On the way to a Free Evening Concert at - Basilica S. Gloriosa del Frari located in the Campo dei Frari large square at the heart of the San Polo district

Rio di San alvador

Rio de San Polo

A concert Choir Singing by -

"Choeurs au Diapason"

a known European quire, that preforms all over Europe Ava Maria in the Ferrari church lead by Opera singer

Annick desChamps the conductor of "Chœurs au diapason", Choir

San Polo District at Night

To be continued....


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