A day of Art in Venice
A day of Art in Venice
The 57th Venice Art Biennale officially lifted its stage curtain on 10th, 11th and 12th of May 2017 with a series of Vernissage and events spread all over Venice which brought to the city thousands of art lovers, art critiques and visitors in general.
From Saturday 13th May, the Biennale di Venezia officially opened to the public and according to its curator, Christine Macel, it will be a hymn to joy, a long widespread event, running until November 26th, that will center the man, the artist and the curator. She declared: “Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, an expression of the passion for art and the figure of the artist. VIVA ARTE VIVA is a Biennale with the artists, by the artists and for the artists”.
The Biennale takes place at the Giardini and the Arsenale and you can read a bit about its history in the guest article about The History of the Biennale written by The Venice Insider a few months ago.
During the last few days I decided to start to take a look at the various collateral events which are hosted all around the city of Venice, in many historical palaces which are usually closed to the public. Some of the Biennale collateral events are only running for a limited period of time, so if you are in Venice now, hurry, or you might just miss the opportunity to attend to some seriously good art exhibitions.
The Art in Venice is everywhere
We started by paying a visit to “The Forbidden Souvenir” by the artist Ri.Co of Immuro at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, in San Marco, 4810 – located in Campo San Salvador, near the Rialto Bridge.
The exhibition will remain open throughout the month of May, and there will be an opportunity to purchase the artist’s works at very advantageous prices (for the duration of the exhibition).
Ri.Co. has placed a real gondola and not a remake to be displayed alongside his artwork: it is in fact a 50 years old gondola, which the artist had no easy time finding and which he lovely had restored.
For Ri.Co. it represents the strong “piece” of the show: it has been decorated with a dragon clutching the front iron of the gondola, one of the most iconic symbols of Venice, in its claws and attaching at the aft a giant ring with a chain, symbolising the gondola as a huge souvenir.
The intention of the artist is to make sure that people ask questions relating to the two things and that the answers will not always be so obvious.
The artist’s vision is really very interesting and very provocative.
“THE FORBIDDEN SOUVENIR”
The gondola, supreme material symbol of the aesthetic harmony of Venice, is entwined and enveloped in the spiral embrace of the imperial Chinese dragon, custodian of the water. After centuries, the dragon returns from Peking’s fantastic and magical Forbidden City to claim power over what was once the Serene Republic of Venice. From this was born the improbable, impossible souvenir of an artist trapped between land and water. Rico’s work derives from a photographic project undertaken during his journey behind the fascinating walls of Peking’s mysterious Forbidden City: red walls that protect and guard the spirit of thousands of years of creative, artistic and aesthetic harmony. It is a rediscovery of imperial China as the avant-garde of a sublime sense of beauty, which nowadays has become the powerful economic coloniser in the world of travel. These otherworldly walls inform the wonderful foulards that stretch back along the silk road from imperial China of yesterday to arrive in the Serenissima of today.
We were then invited by The Hard Rock Cafe in Venice to attend to their special event, the #WorldBurgerTour.
The World Burger Tour 2017 of Hard Rock has arrived in Venice with a selection of eight local Legendary Burger, which will be available during the months of May and June 2017 in the Cafes of Venice and Rome.
For the fans of the Hard Rock Cafe, there will be the opportunity to try a selection of 8 burgers from all over the world.
The legendary burgers represent the interpretation of the local Hard Rock Cafes and the chosen dishes are intended to reach all American food enthusiasts around the world.
Between May 1st and June 25th 2017 , the menus of the Cafes of Rome and Venice will propose the following “on tour” dishes:
TANGO SALSA BURGER from BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Andouille sausage, aioli sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, fresh rocket and fried egg to garnish it all.
EL TORO BURGER – BARCELONA, SPAIN
Garnished with a Romesco red pepper sauce, aioli sauce, oven baked vegetables, crushed goat cheese and rocket.
COLOMBIAN PLANTAIN BURGER – CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Garnished with caramelized onions, salsa aioli, crunchy bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, all finished with a touch of molasses and fried plantains.
BAHN MI BURGER – I CHI MINH, VIETNAM
Home-made spicy Vietnamese sauce, garnished with sliced cucumbers and pickled vegetables, accompanied by green coriander and green onions.
ENGLISH BREAKFAST BURGER – LONDON, ENGLAND
Stuffed with sausage, sliced ham, rocket and grilled Portobello mushroom, all covered with a slice of tomato and a fresh egg.
TENNESSEE BBQ BURGER – MEMPHIS, TN USA
Half-pound beef burger, seasoned with Memphis spice mix, stuffed with pickled cucumber slices, Memphis style cabbage salad, crunchy pork, crispy crunchy onion sauce with spicy BBQ sauce and finished with cheddar cheese.
JAMBALAYA BURGER – NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Stuffed with mayonnaise at Cajun, pickled cucumbers, Andouille sausage, Jack spicy cheese and a rice pie at jambalaya.
KIMCHI BURGER – SEUL, SOUTH KOREA
Spicy kimchi stuffed with Bulgogi sauce, fresh tomato, lettuce and spicy mayonnaise.
On this occasion we got a small tasting of the Tango Salsa Burger, the Tennesse BBq Burger, El Toro Burger and the Bahn Mi Burger.
As usual the Hard Rock Cafe of Venice did not disappoint: large portions, good atmosphere, good American food.
We later made our way to Palazzo Mora, on Strada Nova. There I had the opportunity to visit one of the nicest contemporary art exhibition I have ever seen, Personal Structures Open Borders.
The exhibition is spread over 3 palaces, Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa.
The exhibition shows an extensive combination of internationally established artists and artists whose works are less well-known. A cross-section of what can be seen as contemporary art today. The selected artists come from many different parts of the world, different cultures resulting in very different artworks. Visually, the artworks may appear very different, but all artists present their own subjective, personal expression of their reflection on the concepts Time, Space and Existence.
The exhibition mainly presents recent artworks by living artists, either site-specific, specially made for this exhibition, or taken from the existing collection of the artist. Some rooms in the palazzos are dedicated to the presentation of a single artist, while other rooms will present a combination of projects and works. Strong statements give each of the rooms a very specific character. The exhibition features a broad variety of artistic media; video, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos and installations. Since the more than 200 participating artists originate from very diverse cultures representing over 40 countries and are also of very different age, the topics Time – Space – Existence are highlighted from unusual, very personal points of view.
I am no expert, but I really enjoyed – the variety of the art work and the sense of creativity and passion by the artist is clearly evident.
And on the way to Strada Nova we got enchanted and fascinated by Lorenzo Quinn‘s beautiful hands, supporting the endangered city of Venice. A very loud visive call to the world to stop and support this amazing city! And we discovered he used his son Anthony’s hands as models for the sculpture! Give the youth the power to support us all!
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