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La Biennale di Venezia - Ca’ Giustinian

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La Biennale di Venezia - Ca’ Giustinian

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Ian C wrote a review Nov. 2019
London, United Kingdom23,995 contributions1,363 helpful votes
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The Biennale has grown into such a large international art fair that it has sprung out of its two main venues, Arsenale and Giardini, and there are art shows across Venice in a variety of different locations, so you can see inside buildings that are otherwise normally closed to the public, which is part of the fun. We allowed four days for our art expedition, but could easily have added more - we were selective and didn't see everything, but we saw what we had planned and also visited areas of Venice we has never been to before which meant of course visiting churches and other places away from the main tourist areas.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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atwos63 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Geneva, Switzerland44 contributions26 helpful votes
The question is not if this is or if this is not, art. The question here is : is This kind of art enjoyable. And the answer is; not really !
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Date of experience: November 2019
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aureliaowner wrote a review Oct. 2019
London, United Kingdom137 contributions88 helpful votes
This is the fourth consecutive Biennale we have visited - so you can guess we have liked it in the past. However, the National Pavilions in the Gardens are rather dull, in the UK's case, dire (and with a twenty minute queue!) and the long pavilion in the Arsenal itself, OK, but there is too much emphasis on video art, we thought. There are one or two bright spots - comic installations mainly. Also, there were rather fewer of the 'Off Site' national collections, for instance, almost none on the Dosoduro.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Bon viveur wrote a review Oct. 2019
London, United Kingdom1,387 contributions335 helpful votes
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There is much to enjoy at the Biennale without committing to tickets for the Arsenale and Giardini main sites. There are marvellous pavilions all over the city. We particularly enjoyed some super exhibits on Dorsoduro - ‘The Death of James Lee Byars’ and ‘Living Rocks’ are absolutely worth seeking out. We also really enjoyed the ‘New Steppe’ hosted in the St George Anglican Church. Our favourite was San Marino’s pavilion, ‘The Friendship Project’, and in particular the work of Colombian artist Dario Ortiz. Venice is, of course, an amazingly beautiful city and the Biennale adds extra delights and surprises. I don’t think you have to be a modern art buff to dip into content and enhance your visit to Venice.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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jpcheshire1615 wrote a review Sep. 2019
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom309 contributions132 helpful votes
The Biennale has a great reputation and tradition dating back to the nineteenth century: contemporary art from all over the world displayed in national pavilions spread out in the gardens in Venice. We spent a morning there during our trip to Venice - but were not convinced. The art works we saw did not persuade us that contemporary / conceptual art is for us. We much preferred our visit to the Punta della Dogana (another display of contemporary art). Our ticket would have admitted us to the other part of the Biennale (at the Arsenale), but we decided not to go back for more. It was an interesting visit but in our opinion other artistic treasures to be see seen in the city are more more worthy of time and attention.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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