After the golden lions, Croff certainly deserves a golden medal because, apart from the small problems, he has managed to make of the Venice Biennale the most visited exhibition in Italy.
Important information: the 52nd Biennale will close on the 21st.
This year, the contemporary art season has left everyone more satisfied than ever before.
Apart from authoritative criticism and opinions, the “grand tour”, which runs from June to September and then on to November, has offered a sequence of appointments, starting with the Art Biennale, continuing with Art Basel, then Documenta12 in Kassel, Skulptur Projekte Münster, and then, though outside the “circuit”, the Istanbul Biennial exhibition and Freeze Art in London, providing an extensive overview of contemporary art production worldwide.
It is difficult to say whether we have seen the consecration of new talents and the triumph of acclaimed celebrities, but we can be sure that we were part of that flux of energy that only events such as the Art Biennale and similar occasions are capable of transmitting.
Emerging from the Gardens or the Arsenal with the certainty of having experienced a cultural/glam/aesthetic/ political/social experience means admitting that it is precisely this Biennale that has attained the difference with respect to the increasingly numerous art centres that create standardized art itineraries and encourage a museum dimension of the contemporary art world.
The ephemeral, temporary nature of the Biennale leaves space for debate, and the doubt whether or not everything, absolutely everything, presented is actually Art.
This is the explanation for the title chosen by Storr, think with the senses, feel with the mind, that transliterates the desire to underline the encounter with a work of art, without hurrying away from its range of action.
An invitation to take the task of interpreting it seriously, leaving aside immediate prejudice (marvel/enchantment) and preconceived ideas (meaning/ commitment).
by Mariachiara Marzari | :venews
Tr. Henry Neuteboom
52. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale
Fino al 21 novembre Giardini di Castello e Arsenale