The 2013 edition of the Venice Biennale -- the every-two-years art fair that takes over La Serenissima and is one of the most anticipated fixtures of the art world calendar -- debuted in June to fanfare and throngs of art lovers. Now that the opening crowds have dwindled, it’s the perfect time to see the hundreds of works and installations by nearly 160 artists at close to 90 pavilions sponsored by participating nations.
In this peak month of summer, and well before the Biennale’s 24 November end, we revisit four pavilions that belong on any Venice visitor’s must-see list.
A giant bird of prey clutches a Range Rover and Socialist thinker William Morris foists a yacht over the Venice lagoon on two murals in Jeremy Deller's ‘English Magic’ at the British Pavilion’s exhibition. The Turner Prize winner’s characteristically collaborative work, which examines the country’s national identity, includes pieces from more than 100 participants. Watch curator Emma Gifford-Mead discuss the eccentricity-embracing installation.
Biennale Curator Massimiliano Gioni turns his eye toward theosophy, surrealism and psychoanalysis at the Central Pavilion. Art expert Tim Marlow tours the highlights.
At Ca' Dandolo on the Grand Canal, the Iraq Pavilion highlights artists who live and work in the country, and who tackle vital themes -- time, culture, the lasting effects of Saddam Hussein’s regime -- in painting, sculpture, video and other media. Take a tour with Tamara Chalabi, commissioner of the pavilion.
Hong Kong Pavilion
In a modest residential building and courtyard across from the vast Arsenale, the Hong Kong Pavilion features the works of artist Lee Kit, who incorporates vacuuming and a security guard building to play with notions of the public and private. Watch Lee and co-curator Lars Nittve discuss the quiet, contemplative work.