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Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana Spanning the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta dela Dogana, Damien Hirst’s show Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable was a definitive hotspot for all visitors to the Biennale during opening week. It was the talk of the town in both a complementary and a pejorative way, as I […]

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The Biennial & Museum Acquisitions #41, pages 163-165.

The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied | Fondazione Prada

A deep exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann resulted in The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied. One wonders how this quote by Leonard Cohen ended up the title of a media-oriented exhibition at the Fondazione Prada for the 57th Venice Biennale. The […]

Philip Guston and the Poets

Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia A comprehensive exhibition depicting the relationship between pre-eminent American artist Phillip Guston (1913 — 1980) and his fellow poets is a central attraction at the 57th Venice Biennale. Situated in a prime location, Gallerie dell’Academia, this one is not to be missed. Comprised of smaller rooms showing his works on paper, […]

On the Importance of Context

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, share a selection of artworks that have inspired their curatorial approach with Selections Going beyond conventional art historical and geographical classifications is one of the core concerns of our curatorial practice. As independent curators, we are at liberty to choose our projects, which […]

The End of Utopia | Palazzo Flangini

As an in-depth observation of mankind’s intervention on our planet, American artists Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas were invited by Studio La Citta Gallery to intervene at the Palazzo Flangini in a show called The End of Utopia. It seems peculiar that this is the subject of the 57th Venice Biennale’s main exhibition VIVA ARTE […]

In the Library with Dia Azzawi

Iraqi pioneer Dia Azzawi explains why he loves the Epic of Gilgamesh and how his artist’s books complement rather than illustrate great works of literature Art and literature often go together, from great novels written about paintings — Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with the Pearl Earring, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch — to great works of art […]

Intuition Palazzo Fortuny

Opening with a series of Neolithic carved stones, standing in a dimly lit setting, Palazzo Fortuny’s intuition-themed exhibition encourages viewers to connect the world of the past and present — a sentiment that seems to be the running theme at the Venice Biennale. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, on an instinctive level, […]

A Century of Kuwaiti Creativity

Kuwait’s little-known Modern Art Museum showcases a unique, albeit neglected, collection Located in the Sharq district of Kuwait, a short distance from Arabian Gulf Road, the Modern Art Museum of Kuwait is dedicated to exhibiting and preserving the work of the country’s pioneering figures in the art of the last century. The humble museum, which […]

Through the Arab Eye

Rose Issa discusses the curation of her upcoming show Ourouba for the Beirut Art Fair in September Many of today’s internationally renowned artists from the Middle East – names such as Ayman Baalbaki, Hassan Hajjaj and Monir Farmanfarmaian – owe their introduction to a Western audience to the discerning eye of Rose Issa. As a […]