"Support" by Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn
"Giardini Colourfull" by UK artist Ian Davenport
"Faust" by German artist Anne Imhof
Next week, I will be in Italy visiting the 57th Venice Biennale, entitled "Viva Arte Viva." This fair has been top of my art list ever since I was a child, as it is one of the world's most renowned and visited fairs bringing in around 500,000 each year during its 6 month run.
This year there are 86 national pavilions to explore throughout the Giardini, the Arsenale and in the historic city centre. The curators are chosen by their country, and craft a unique experience with their selected artist(s) within their designated space. I was glad to hear that of the 120 total artists this year, 103 of them are first time participants in the Biennale. Nothing like scoping out the up and coming visual art talent of the world!
I am also thrilled to be visiting the year that Christine Macel, chief curator of the Pompidou Center in Paris, is the fourth female curator in the Biennale’s 122-year history. Because I am always interested in the business side of art, I found that the budget for her international exhibition is 13 million euros (about $14.2 million), of which Macel had to help raise 10 percent.
My only hope is that I make it through all 86 "mini museums" of the 57th Venice Biennale...
Stay tuned for a personal account!